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Auburn’s 50th Veterans Day Observance Continues Proud Tradition

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Flags, families and tens of thousands of spectators will line Main Street in Auburn for the mile-long Veterans Day Parade to be held on Saturday, Nov. 7 at 11 a.m. It will proceed west on Main from E St. SE to A St. NW near Auburn City Hall over a period of approximately two and a half hours. The City of Auburn is proud to be celebrating its 50th anniversary of this signature event, which started in 1965.  Over the years, Auburn’s Veterans Day Parade has become one of the largest of its kind west of the Mississippi. 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 2015.

The City of Auburn is proud to be a Vietnam War Commemorative Partner.  The United States Vietnam Commemoration is sending Brigadier General (Ret.) John P. Rose to participate in this year’s event. Dr. Rose is a Vietnam Veteran who served 30 years in the United States Army. 

The parade boasts over 200 entries and nearly 6,000 parade participants showcasing American strength of will, endurance and purpose. The parade will feature 37 marching bands, including the 56th First Corps Army Band, Navy Band Northwest and the 133rd Washington National Guard Band.  Spectators will be treated to several 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. Parade emcee, Ron Upshaw of 97.3 KIRO FM will be located at the corner of Main and Division, and new this year, Parade emcee Dave Boze, of 770 KTTH, will emcee at the corner of Main and D St. NE. 

There will also be many other events in Auburn to celebrate and honor Veterans:

Auburn Avenue Theater programs
Nov. 2 – Nov. 8

A variety of programs, film screenings and presentations have been scheduled at the Auburn Avenue Theater the week of the parade.  View the documentary of the fascinating true story of America’s last surviving veteran of WWI.  Enjoy the Veterans Got Talent competition – the ultimate veteran talent showcase. Join us for a screening of Platoon (rated R) or British Export, known as the ultimate Beatles tribute band.  On Sunday, Nov. 8, families can view the movie, Max (rated PG), about a dog that helped U.S. Marines in Afghanistan, and returns to the United States and is adopted by his handler’s family. See the complete schedule at www.auburnwa.gov/vetsday.

SERVICE INK: Veteran’s Tattoos and Their Stories
On display at the White River Valley Museum through Nov. 15, various hours

SERVICE INK will honor veterans, provide a setting for appreciation and discussion, and celebrate the vigor and storytelling inherent in the art of tattooing.

Veterans Got Talent!
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 7:00 p.m., Auburn Avenue Theater

An evening of reverence and revelry – the ultimate Veterans Talent Showcase!  Co-hosted by The Mission Continues Puget Sound.  Have talent?  Email: vetsgottalent@gmail.com

Vietnam Veterans Social
Friday, Nov. 6, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., White River Valley Museum

Meet and greet with Retired U.S. Army Brigadier General, Dr. John P. Rose.  Come mix, meet and mingle with fellow veterans and see the Museum’s SERVICE INK: Veteran’s Tattoos and Their Stories exhibit.  Dr. Rose is a Senior Representative for the Vietnam War Commemoration and will present special, ‘Congress-approved’ pins to Vietnam Veterans in attendance.  Light refreshments will be served.  Free event, no registration required.

American Legion Post #78 Breakfast
Saturday, Nov. 7, 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. 7 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. 7, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., South Division Street (perpendicular to parade route)

Over 50 displays and information booths will fill South Division Street, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7. 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 Stryker vehicles, a M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, cargo trucks and more.  The Washington Army National Guard plans to bring their rock wall and a variety of vehicles.  Other agencies include the American Legion, National Alliance to End Veteran Suicide, the Federal Way Vet Center and more.  A handful of food/beverage vendors will be included in the Static Display area featuring coffee/espresso items, hot dogs, kettle corn, ribs, pulled pork, brisket and other items to quench your thirst and tame your appetite. 

Veterans Remembrance Ceremony and Lighting of the Flame
Saturday, Nov. 7, 9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m., Veterans Memorial Park

This special ceremony will take place on Nov. 7 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. 7, 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 35 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. 7, 3 – 5 p.m., VFW Post #1741

The VFW Auburn Post #1741 would like to honor all veterans on Saturday, Nov. 7, by hosting an Open House. The event will run from 3 - 5 p.m. at the Auburn VFW, located at 1525 A St. NE, Suite 107.

Letters Aloud: From The Front Lines
Saturday, Nov. 7, 6:30pm., Auburn Ave. Theater

Honoring our country’s past (and present) servicemen and women by presenting their powerful perspectives and heartfelt thoughts via the letters to and from the people they care about.  Doors open at 5:30pm. Tickets: $17 regular; $15 student/senior; $10 special Veteran discount.

For more information about the 50th annual Auburn Veterans Day Parade and other activities, visit www.auburnwa.gov/vetsday, or contact the City of Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation Department at 253-931-3043.