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City of Auburn announces Veterans Day Parade Grand Marshal John J. Hauff of AMVETS

John HauffThe National Veterans Day Committee and the US Department of Defense have once again selected the City of Auburn as one of the few Regional Sites for Veterans Day Observance in 2012 This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 10 and will pay special tribute to one of America’s foremost veteran service organizations, AMVETS (American Veterans). The 2012-13 AMVETS State Commander, David Rowland of Sunnyside, Wash. chose John J. Hauff, Sr. of Lakewood, Wash. to represent AMVETS as the Grand Marshal of Auburn’s 47th annual parade.

Hauff, a retired Air Force Captain, born in Brooklyn, New York, began flying as a young 15-year-old and enlisted in the U.S. Army Corps in January 1942. After completing flight training, Hauff was assigned to the 503rd Squadron 339th Fighter Group. In April 1944, the Squadron was sent to war, equipped with P51 Mustangs. Hauff flew more than 70 combat missions over France and Germany and lost two aircraft to battle damage. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and five Air Medals. Hauff also served during Korea and Vietnam, before retiring in 1966.

Following his military service, Hauff joined the American Legion and worked as the Department Service Director in Washington State. He then transferred to AMVETS in 1982 to accept a position as a National Service Officer (NSO). The primary job of both these positions was assisting veterans who were applying for benefits and preparing and presenting appeals for those denied benefits. Hauff retired from the service office in 1992, but remains active in AMVETS and currently serves as the Judge Advocate for AMVETS Department of Washington and for AMVETS Post #1 of Tacoma. The City of Auburn is honored to have Mr. John J. Hauff, Sr. serving as the 2012 Parade Grand Marshal.

AMVETS was founded was founded in 1944 and was chartered by congress in 1947. Today, AMVETS members in more than 1,400 posts nationwide have a proud history of assisting veterans through various community service programs. For more information, visit www.amvets.org/

About Auburn’s Veterans Day Parade and Observance
Auburn’s Veterans Day Observance includes an American Legion breakfast, a Remembrance Ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park, a Static Display & Exhibit Showcase on South Division Street, a military fly-over, an Auburn Noon Lions Luncheon, the state’s largest marching band competition and more.

The focal point of the day-long activities is the mile-long parade, which includes military units, veteran service organizations, marching bands, honor guards, drill teams, community and scouting groups, as well as floats, antique cars, community groups and more. The official start of the parade is Main St. and E St. NE. The parade will proceed west on Main St. to A St. NW and begin at 11:00 AM.

For more information about Auburn’s 47th annual Veterans Day parade or other related activities, visit www.auburnwa.gov/events, or contact the City of Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation Department at 253-931-3043.