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Auburn Veterans Day Parade Announces Award Winners

Brothers in Arms 2015 

The City of Auburn has announced the winners of the 50th annual Veterans Day Parade held on Saturday, November 7. 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 the 207 entries, of which 37 were high school marching bands or military bands. There are seven 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
    #176 – Brothers in Arms Motorcycle Club (pictured above) 
  • Admiral’s Award – Best Military Entry
    #25 – E.E. Van Valkenberg
  • Memorial Award to Harold Page – Best Veteran Service Organization Entry
    66 – United States Submarine Veterans, Inc.
  • Colonel’s Award – Best Motorized Entry
    #64 – Military Order of the Purple Heart / American Lake Golf Course
  • Veteran’s Award – Best Non-Motorized Entry
    #167 – Sons of the American Revolution
  • Mayor’s Award – Best Musical or Drill Entry
    #76 –North Mason High School Marching Band
  • 50th anniversary Award – Most Patriotic
    #21 –Gold Star Mothers of Washington State – Fallen Hero Banners

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 – Wesley Homes
  • Most Patriotic – Knights of Columbus
  • Best Salute to Veterans – Price Helton Funeral Home

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. The Star Spangled Banner was sung loud and proud to mark the beginning of the parade, which coincided with the breathtaking B-25 bomber flyover – what a sight! Spectators and parade participants were treated to two additional flyovers; the King County Sheriff’s Department helicopter, flying low over the parade route and a C-24, WWII-era aircraft, own and flown by local Vietnam Veteran, Steve Hewitt.

The City of Auburn would like to congratulate this year’s parade winners, and thank all veterans, active military, military/veteran families and parade participants for supporting the 50th annual parade. Save the date for next year’s event, which is scheduled for Saturday, November 5, 2016.

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