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Auburn Veterans Day Parade Announces Award Winners

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The Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation Department has announced the winners of the 49th annual Veterans Day Parade held on Saturday, Nov. 8. The mile-long parade route was lined seven and eight deep with supporters waving American flags, saluting and shouting “Thank you!” to honor our veterans and active military personnel. 

A panel of four judges took on the complex task of deciding the winners out of the 203 entries, of which 30 were high school marching bands. There are six award categories, with the most prestigious award being the General’s Award – Best in parade. This year’s winners are as follows:

General’s Award – Best in Parade

#28 – Washington Fallen Hero Banners (pictured above)

Admiral’s Award – Best Military Entry

#149 - Washington High School Air Force Junior ROTC Drill Team and Color Guard

Memorial Award to Harold Page – Best Veteran Service Organization Entry

#141 – National Alliance to End Veteran Suicide

Colonel’s Award – Best Motorized Entry

#169 – Brother’s In Arms Motorcycle Club

Veteran’s Award – Best Non-Motorized Entry

#157 – Washington Civil War Association

Mayor’s Award – Best Musical or Drill Entry

#126 – Marysville Alliance Marching Band

The City of Auburn would also like to congratulate the winners of the annual Curb Competition.  The Curb Competition was created in 2010 as a way for groups/organizations that do not fit the parade criteria, to still participate in the event and honor our veterans and active military personnel.  Award winners are as follows:

Best Curb Appeal – Wesley Homes

Most Patriotic – For With Honor Did I Die

Best Salute to Veterans – Price Helton Funeral Homes

The parade is the focal point of numerous veteran-related events that take place in Auburn. Military and veteran units, military vehicles and equipment, marching bands, antique cars and community groups all took part in this year’s parade. The Star Spangled Banner was sung loud and proud to mark the beginning of the parade, which coincided with the breathtaking UH-1 Huey Helicopter flyover that is always a crowd favorite.

The City of Auburn would like to congratulate this year’s parade winners, and thank all veterans, active military, military families and parade participants for supporting the 2014 observance. Save the date - the 2015 event, and Auburn’s 50th anniversary, is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 7.

For additional details and event information, visit the City of Auburn’s website at www.auburnwa.gov or call 253-931-3043.