World War II vet to be honored at Veterans Day Parade

Saul "Berny" Anshen is shown in his World War II uniform and in a recent photo. A 96-year-old World War II veteran will serve ...

Saul "Berny" Anshen is shown in his World War II uniform and in a recent photo.

A 96-year-old World War II veteran will serve as Grand Marshal Friday in Murrieta's 14th Annual Veterans Day Parade.

Lt. Col. Saul "Berny" Anshen (USAF Ret.) served in both the Pacific and European Theaters of Operations during World War II. A longtime Murrieta resident, Anhsen has been selected by Mayor Randon Lane to be honored during the parade, which begins at 10 a.m.

Anshen began his military career as an Army buck private stationed in Hawaii and survived the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. He later was given pilot command of a B-24 bomber serving in Italy in 1944 as part of the U.S. Army's 15th Air Force division. His bomber crew flew 50 combat missions over northern Italy, Germany and Eastern Europe.

Later, Anshen was awarded the Pearl Harbor Medallion, a Presidential Citation and five Air Medals.

"Colonel Anshen has been a witness to the sacrifice and commitment that members of America's armed forces have made to defend our country and the liberty we enjoy every day," Lane said. "His service should be recognized and cherished. He is a national treasure."

The Veterans Day Parade will begin at 10 a.m. at the intersection of Washington Avenue and Ivy Street in Murrieta's Historic Downtown area. It will proceed north on Washington to B Street, where it will head east to Town Square Park. There, visitors will see a display of 2,016 full-sized American Flags planted at the park's Field of Honor, which is sponsored by the Murrieta Rotary Club.

The parade is the largest in Riverside County and will have over 3,500 participants in 80 entry groups, a fly over of aircraft from March Field, and music to honor the community's veterans. A crowd in excess of 10,000 is expected. City officials advise people planning to attend to carpool and arrive early. For more infoirmation, visit www.MurrietaCA.gov.

Murrieta 24/7 will broadcast live from the event on our Facebook page.


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