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City of Auburn announces Veterans Day Parade Grand Marshal

2014 Veterans Day Grand Marshal

Jim Sims of the Military Order of the Purple Heart has been named as the Grand Marshal of Auburn’s 49th annual parade by current Washington State Commander Jim Cordeiro. The 2014 event is paying special tribute to the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH). Sims is the Past National Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. During a distinguished career of more than 26 years in the United States Marine Corps, Sims commanded a Rifle Company in Vietnam, was aide to the White House Chief of Staff and was Secretary of the General Staff at Marine Corps Headquarters. Sims' military awards and decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Bronze Star with V for valor, Purple Heart and several more. After retiring from the Marine Corps, he enjoyed a second career in state government and in the private sector. He is currently the Chair of the Washington Veterans Legislative Coalition, advocating with the state legislature on veteran-related issues. He is also the President of the Friends of the American Lake Golf Course, a non-profit organization that raises funds for the course.

The Military Order of the Purple Heart links to external siteis a congressionally chartered veterans service organization founded in 1958. The organization is unique among all veteran service organizations in that their membership is comprised entirely of combat veterans who were wounded on the world’s battlefields while serving the United States of America in uniform. For this sacrifice, they were awarded the Purple Heart Medal. The organization has approximately 46,000 members within 475 Chapters nationwide. The City of Auburn is honored to have Sims serving as the 2014 Parade Grand Marshal.

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, an Auburn Noon Lions Luncheon, the state’s largest marching band competition, and more. Auburn is proud to be a Vietnam War Commemorative Partner and will be paying special tribute to the service, valor and sacrifice of those who served in the Vietnam War.

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 2014. This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, November 8. 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 a.m.

For more information about Auburn’s 49th 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.