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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. 10 at 11:00 AM. It will proceed west on Main from E St. SE to A St. NW near Auburn City Hall over a period of approximately two hours. The 2012 Veterans Day Parade will pay special tribute to the American Veterans (AMVETS). John J. Hauff, Sr., 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 47th year. The 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.

Preceded by a military C-17 fly-over from the US Air Force at McChord Field, the parade boasts close to 200 entries 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:

WWII’s USS Indianapolis Tribute
Thursday, Nov. 8, 6:30 PM, Auburn Ave. Theater
Join us for a World War II USS Indianapolis Tribute, with survivor George Horvath as the guest of honor. The event is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-seated basis. Doors open at 5:30 PM.

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 martialed and committed suicide. Do not miss this opportunity to listen to and meet one of the last remaining USS Indianapolis survivors, Mr. George Horvath. Also in attendance will be Alexis Shuman, the daughter of Lt. Adrian Marks, the pilot who rescued 56 men. Mr. Horvath and Ms. Shuman will be introduced by Kim Roller, who gives a day-by-day overview of the horric 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.

American Legion Post #78 Breakfast
Saturday, Nov. 10, 7:00 – 9:30 AM, 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. 10 from 7:00 - 9:30 AM. 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. 10, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM, South Division Street (perpendicular to parade route)
Displays and information booths will fill South Division Street, from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM on Saturday, Nov. 10. 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, the Washington Army National Guard, National Alliance to End Veteran Suicide, the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs and the Washington National Guard Youth Program. A handful of food/beverage vendors will be included in the Static Display area featuring coffee, hot dogs, kettle corn, cotton candy, chocoate milk and other items to quench your thirst and tame your appetite.

Veterans Remembrance Ceremony and Lighting of the Flame
Saturday, Nov.10, 9:45 – 10:15 AM, Veterans Memorial Park
This special ceremony will take place on Nov. 10 from 9:45 – 10:15 AM 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. 10, 1:30 – 10:00 PM, Auburn Memorial Stadium
The competition starts at 1:30 PM 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. 10, 3:00 – 5:00 PM, VFW Post #1741
The VFW Auburn Post #1741 would like to honor all veterans on Saturday, Nov. 10, by hosting an Open House. The event will run from 3:00 - 5:00 PM at the Auburn VFW, located at 1525 A St. NE, Suite 107.

Sweet Swing Performance
Saturday, Nov. 10, 6:30 PM., Auburn Ave. Theater
Featuring songs made famous by the wonderful talent of the Andrews Sisters, McGuire Sisters and other great artists of the era, Sweet Swing takes you back to the feelings and euphoria of being at a USO Show in the 1940s. Tickets are $10. Advance ticket purchase recommended.

For more information about the 47th 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.

City of Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation
910 Ninth Street SE
Auburn WA 98002