The 48th annual Laguna Beach Patriots Day Parade will honor retired United States Army Air Corps and World War II pilot Robert Mosier. The parade, who’s theme this year is “Home of the Free Because of the Brave,” will honor Mosier as “Patriot of the Year” on March 1, 2014.
Mosier, 89, flew the first troops into Tokyo after the Japanese surrender. He has lived in Laguna Beach with his wife, Beverly, for more than 40 years. After being discharged from the Army, Mosier Graduated from UCLA and became an engineer and community volunteer. He was nominated for this honor by the Laguna Beach American Legion Post 222.
Mosier worked at Collins Radio Company in Newport Beach for over 25 years, and he was instrumental in developing the first digital equipment that led to the development of the internet.
Mosier and the other honorees will be featured at the Parade’s Sunday, Feb. 2 ‘Honorees Fundraiser Brunch’ at Tivoli Terrace from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
The annual Laguna Beach Parade takes place each year on the first Saturday of March. It features over a hundred amazing marching units, and over the years it has reveled in celebrities, live music, and community spirit. The parade is full of colorful floats, vintage automobiles, light-hearted novelty groups, and numerous school and civic marching bands. The parade also honors the amazing residents who have served our terrific country over the years.