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City of Auburn announces Veterans Day Parade Grand Marshal

Brent KingErnie Butler, the Executive Director of the Northwest Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), has named Brent King, Chapter Immediate Past President, as the Grand Marshal of Auburn’s 48th annual Veterans Day parade. The 48th annual event is paying special tribute to the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), specifically the Northwest Chapter.

King served as both an enlisted man and officer 2nd Lt. in the United States Army until he was medically retired following a training accident in 1995. Since that time, he has continued to serve both Veterans and his community regarding Veteran healthcare and benefits. He has served the Northwest Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America well during his 18 years with the organization in a myriad of roles from advocacy, legislation, and sports and recreation.

He was instrumental in bringing the National Veteran Wheelchair Games to Spokane in 2009 and brings a lot of experience and passion to the Northwest Chapter as he concludes his first year as Chapter Immediate Past President. While King maintains an active face for the Chapter in Eastern Washington, he also serves on U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris-Rodger’s Veterans Constituent Advisory Board and has been a member of the PVA National Advocacy/Legislative Team in Washington, D.C. for many years.  Having attended numerous National PVA meetings, he is well known at the Headquarter offices of PVA as an effective Veteran advocate.

King resides in Spokane (Wash.) with his wife, Jolie and twin children, Chyenne and Skylar. The City of Auburn is honored to have Mr. Brent King serving as the 2013 Parade Grand Marshal. 

The Paralyzed Veterans of America is a congressionally chartered veterans service organization founded in 1946.  The Northwest Chapter was founded in 1977 and has grown to over 400 members.  The PVA has developed a unique expertise on a wide variety of issues involving the special needs of their members – veterans of the armed forces who have experienced spinal cord injury or dysfunction.  PVA advocates for quality health care for their members, research and education addressing spinal cord injury and dysfunction, benefits available for their members and civil rights and opportunities that maximize the independence of their members. 

About Auburn’s Veterans Day Parade & Observance

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. This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 9.

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.

The City of Auburn is happy to announce the return of ‘The Wall That Heals’, a Vietnam Veterans Traveling Wall. This half-scale replica of the Washington, D.C-based wall will be open for viewing Friday, Nov. 8 – Monday, Nov. 11 at Veterans Memorial Park. The exhibit contains 58,249 names of those killed or missing in action from this conflict. This unforgettable exhibit is open 24 hours/day and includes a 53’ museum, computers with databases available to help locate names on the wall. 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 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, will proceed west on Main St. to A St. NW and begin at 11 AM.

For more information about Auburn’s 48th 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.