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Auburn Veterans Day Parade Announces Award Winners

Kingston High School Marching BandThe Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation Department has announced the winners of the 47th annual Veterans Day Parade held on Saturday, Nov. 10. 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 nearly 200 entries, of which 25 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
    Kingston High School Marching Band (pictured)
  • Admiral’s Award – Best Military Entry
    Washington High School Air Force Junior ROTC Drill Team
  • Memorial Award to Harold Page – Best Veteran Service Organization Entry
    Military Order of the Purple Heart
  • Colonel’s Award – Best Motorized Entry
    Brothers In Arms Motorcycle Club
  • Veteran’s Award – Best Non-Motorized Entry
    Fallen Heroes Banners
  • Mayor’s Award – Best Musical or Drill Entry
    Sumner High School 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
    Price Helton Funeral Home
  • Most Patriotic
    Knights of Columbus
  • Best Salute to Veterans
    Wesley Homes Supports Veterans

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. Past Auburn Idol winner, Dayla Walker belted out The Star Spangled Banner to mark the beginning of the parade, which coincided with the amazing C-17 Globetrotter III flyover – what a sight!

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 2012 observance. The 2013 event is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 9.

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