Los Vigilantes would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all who helped make this year's Los Vigilantes-El Centro Merchant's Christmas Parade a wonderful success.
The theme of the parade was "United We Stand," and was staged as a tribute by our community for the sacrifices made on and after Sept. 11 by our firemen, law enforcement officers and armed forces currently fighting to protect the freedoms that we as Americans all enjoy.
We would especially like to thank Capt. Larry F. Crane, commanding officer of Naval Air Facility El Centro, for serving as honorary grand marshal of the parade. Capt. Crane's presence and parade entries by many Imperial Valley veterans' organizations and police and fire departments were especially appropriate.
The parade was funded by the El Centro Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau and Los Vigilantes, aided with financial contributions from the following division sponsors: Imperial Valley Press, The Golden 1 Credit Union, Sizzler Restaurant, Imperial Irrigation District, Imperial Valley Penny Shopper and Paradise Casino.