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Auburn’s Veterans Day Observance Continues Proud Tradition

Veterans Parade 3Flags, families and thousands of veterans will line Main Street in Auburn for the mile-long Veterans Day Parade to be held on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 11 a.m. It will proceed west on Main from E Street SE to A Street NW near Auburn City Hall over a period of approximately two hours. The City of Auburn is proud to be a Vietnam Warm Commemorative Partner. The 2013 Veterans Day Parade will pay special tribute to the Paralyzed Veterans of America. Brent King will serve as the Parade Grand Marshal as well as the guest speaker at the Veterans Day Luncheon following the parade. 

The Auburn Veterans Day Parade, one of the largest of its type west of the Mississippi, is celebrating its 48th year. The National Veterans Day Committee and the US Department of Veterans Affairs have once again selected the City of Auburn as one of the few Regional Sites for Veterans Day Observance in 2013. 

The parade boasts over 200 entries and nearly 6,000 parade participants showcasing American strength of will, endurance and purpose. The parade will feature over 30 marching bands, as well as local Junior ROTC units, honor guards, military units and antique military vehicles. Spectators will also enjoy the procession of veteran units, drill teams, community and scouting groups, intermixed with floats, antique and classic cars and other entries of interest. 

Spectators are advised to arrive early, bring a folding chair, a flag, their best salute and plenty of tissue. There will also be many other events in Auburn to celebrate and honor Veterans: 

Doolittle Raid Presentation
Tuesday, Nov. 5, 7:00pm, Auburn Ave. Theater

You won’t want to miss the chance to listen to one of the four remaining survivors of this historic event. Mr. Ed Saylor will share his memories of this 1942 attack on Tokyo. The event is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-seated basis. Doors open one-hour before the show. 

Vietnam Veterans Traveling Wall
Friday, Nov. 8 – Monday, Nov. 11, open 24-hours, Veterans Memorial Park, 411 E Street NE

Visit this unforgettable exhibit that pays tribute to the men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces. This half-scale replica of the Washington, D.C.-based Vietnam Memorial Wall contains the 58,249 names of those killed or missing in action from the conflict. The exhibit includes a 53’ museum and computers with databases available to help locate names on the wall. The exhibit is available to groups and open for all ages. 

American Legion Post #78 Breakfast
Saturday, Nov. 9, 7 – 9:30 a.m., Auburn Senior Activity Center

Co-sponsored by the American Legion Post #78 and the City of Auburn, the annual Veterans Day Breakfast is held at the Auburn Senior Activity Center, 808 Ninth Street SE, on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 7 - 9:30 a.m. A generous breakfast for $6 includes pancakes, eggs, ham and juice or coffee. Tickets available in advance or at the door. 

Static Display and Exhibit Showcase
Saturday, Nov. 9, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., South Division Street (perpendicular to parade route)

Displays and information booths will fill South Division Street, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9. These displays may include military vehicles and equipment and informational booths relating to veterans and the military. Scheduled to participate in the Exhibit Showcase is, among others, the United States Army (with 5 display vehicles!), the Washington Army National Guard (scheduled to bring a Bradley Fighting Vehicle, a Humvee and a rock climbing wall), the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, the King County Veterans Program and the Federal Way Vet Center. A handful of food/beverage vendors will be included in the Static Display area featuring coffee, hot dogs, kettle corn, chocolate milk and other items to quench your thirst and tame your appetite. 

Veterans Remembrance Ceremony and Lighting of the Flame
Saturday, Nov.9, 9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m., Veterans Memorial Park

This special ceremony will take place on Nov. 9 from 9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. at Auburn’s Veterans Memorial Park, 411 E Street NE, and will feature patriotic music, an honor guard and 21-gun salute. Once lit, the flame at the Veterans Memorial will be guarded for 24 hours. 

Veterans Day Marching Band Competition
Saturday, Nov. 9, 1:00 – 10 p.m., Auburn Memorial Stadium

The competition starts at 1:00 p.m. at Auburn Memorial Stadium, 801 Fourth St. NE, Auburn. Over 30 bands will compete in the field competition, which includes great music, drill and precision performances from some of the best high school marching bands in the Pacific Northwest. Admission is charged at the stadium gate (discount ticket prices available for students, children and seniors). 

VFW Auburn Post #1741 Open House
Saturday, Nov. 9, 3 – 5 p.m., VFW Post #1741

The VFW Auburn Post #1741 would like to honor all veterans on Saturday, Nov. 9, by hosting an Open House. The event will run from 3 - 5 p.m. at the Auburn VFW, located at 1525 A Street NE, Suite 107.

USS Indianapolis Tribute
Saturday, Nov. 9, 6:30pm., Auburn Ave. Theater and Sunday, Nov. 10, 2:00pm, Auburn Ave. Theater

Join us for a World War II USS Indianapolis Tribute, with survivor John Woolston as the guest of honor. The event is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-seated basis. Doors open one-hour before the show. 

Guests will hear, firsthand, about the harrowing ordeal of men fighting for their lives in shark-infested water, unaware that their SOS calls had been ignored as a Japanese hoax. Guests will hear about their accidental discovery and learn why their Captain, Charles McVay III, was court marshaled and committed suicide. Do not miss this opportunity to listen to and meet one of the last remaining USS Indianapolis survivors, Mr. John Woolston. Also in attendance will be Kim Roller, who gives a day-by-day overview of the horrid ordeal. Dressed in full 1940’s apparel, Kim’s multi-media presentation will take you back to one of WWII’s most tragic and inspiring missions. 

For more information about the 48th annual Auburn Veterans Day Parade and other activities, visit www.auburnwa.gov/events, or contact the City of Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation Department at 253-931-3043.