Congratulations to our 2013 Award Winners (PDF) and a big thank you to all of our participants!
2013 Parade Line-up (PDF) (as of 11-08-13)
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Parade at 11:00 AM
Auburn, Washington is designated by the Veterans Day National Committee and the US Department of Veterans Affairs as a Regional Site for celebration of Veterans Day 2013. Auburn is proud to be a Vietnam War Commemorative Partner. Auburn has hosted the Veterans Day Parade since 1965. Now in its 48th year, the parade has grown into one of the largest Veteran's Day parades in the United States of America. Auburn's 2013 parade is paying special tribute to the Paralyzed Veterans of America.
The purpose of Auburn's Veterans Day Parade is to positively focus on honoring our country's veterans and active military personnel. Through our parade, we focus recognition on congressionally-recognized Veteran Service Organizations and their auxiliaries, the military and reserve military, National Guard and ROTC. The goals and purposes of Auburn's Veterans Day Parade are to give honor to our country's military personnel and veterans and to their military missions of defending freedom around the world.
The 48th annual Veterans Day Parade will be held in Auburn on Saturday, November 9 at 11:00 AM The parade boasts nearly 200 units and over 5,500 parade participants, including over 25 high school marching bands, military vehicles, veterans' units, honor guards and more.
The one-mile parade route travels west along Main Street to A Street NW. To participate in Auburn's Veterans Day Parade complete and return the official Parade Application (PDF). The parade has more applicants than it can permit to participate, and thus must select among the applicants those who will be able to participate. Those applications who are approved will be those that most closely meet the goals and purpose of Auburn’s Veterans Day Parade.
Other related activities include:
Auburn American Legion Post #78 Breakfast
Make reservations (PDF) early for this year's Veterans Day Breakfast on Saturday, November 9 from 7:00 AM – 9:30 AM, held at the Auburn Senior Activity Center, 808 Ninth Street SE. The breakfast is co-sponsored by the American Legion Post #78 and the City of Auburn. The breakfast is $6/person and includes pancakes, eggs, ham and juice or coffee. Please make check payable and return to: American Legion Post #78, PO BOX 668, Auburn, WA 98071. For additional information, please call Roger Olsen at 253-939-5789.
Static Display & Exhibit Showcase
Information booths and static displays will be located on Division Street SE from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Take time to visit the displays and booths to view military equipment and vehicles and veterans and/or military information. To participate in the Static Display, your application (PDF) must be submitted and approved prior to the October 4 deadline.
Once again, we are also accepting commercial entries in the Static Display & Exhibit Showcase. Those commercial entities whose services/items directly relate to the event’s purpose may be accepted. Booth spaces (12' x 12' unless otherwise pre-arranged) are $350/booth. Please complete and return the commercial application (PDF) by the October 4 deadline to be considered.
Back again this year, the Curb Competition is for those organizations, clubs and individuals who do not fit the requirements to participate in the parade. To participate in the Curb Competition, your application (PDF) must be submitted and approved prior to the October 4 deadline. Participants will set up along the parade route between Auburn Ave/A Street SE and E Street NE. Setup is held from 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM. Judging is held from 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM. Awards will be given in three categories: Best Curb Appeal, Most Patriotic and Best Salute to Veterans. Another great way to honor our Veterans!
Remembrance Ceremony and Lighting of the Flame
The flame is lit and guarded through the night at the Veterans Memorial at Veterans Memorial Park, 411 E Street NE. Wreath placement, rifle salute, prayers and taps encompass this ceremony, held from 9:45 AM - 10:15 AM on Saturday, November 9.
Veterans Day Marching Band Competition
The state's largest marching band and field competition starts at 1:00 PM at the Auburn Memorial Stadium, 801 Fourth Street NE. The Marching Band Competition is hosted by the Auburn High School Band & Choir Parents. Over 30 bands compete in the field competition. Event admission is charged at the door. Visit the marching band competition's official website for more information.
Auburn Noon Lions Veterans Day Luncheon
Reserve (PDF) your spot early for this year's Veterans Day Lunch, held on Saturday, November 9 from 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM. The luncheon is held in the Rainier Room (the second floor of the Truitt Building). The luncheon is co-sponsored by the Auburn Noon Lions Club and the City of Auburn. Lunch reservations are $15/person and includes pork spare ribs, barbeque chicken, barbeque beans, potato salad, cole slaw, rolls and beverages.
The lunch program honors our Veterans, with special recognition given to the Paralyzed Veterans of America. The Governor's Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee's Outstanding Veterans will be honored at the lunch, along with other special presentations. For additional information or to reserve seats by phone, call 253-931-3043.
Vietnam Veterans Traveling Wall
Visit this unforgettable exhibit (PDF) that pays tribute to the men and women who served in the U.S Armed Forces. This half-scale replica of the Washington, D.C.-based Vietnam Memorial Wall contains the 58,249 names of those killed or missing in action from the conflict. The exhibit includes a 53' museum and computers with databases available to help locate names on the wall. The exhibit is open Friday, November 8 - Monday, November 11, 24 hours-a-day at Veterans Memorial Park, 411 E Street NE.
Auburn Avenue Theater Activities
New this year is a variety of programming to be held at the Auburn Avenue Theater, 10 Auburn Ave. Programs are free and open to the public, unless noted. Doors open one-hour prior to performance. The schedule (PDF) is as follows:
- Monday, Nov. 4 - Screening of the Movie 'High Ground' at 7:00 PM
- Tuesday, Nov. 5 - Doolittle Raid Presentation at 7:00 PM, with special guest, survivor Ed Saylor
- Thursday, November 7 - British Export
The ultimate Beatles tribute show!
7:30 PM | $13-15 (Special veteran discount: $10)
Tickets | 253-931-3043
- Friday, Nov. 8 - Screening of the Movie 'High Ground' at 2:00 PM
- Saturday, November 9 - USS Indianapolis Presentation at 6:30 PM, with special guest, survivor John Woolston
- Sunday, November 10 - USS Indianapolis Presentation at 2:00 PM, with special guest, survivor John Woolston
Official Forms and Promotional Pieces
2013 Registration Packet (PDF)
2013 Event Flyer (PDF)
Schedule of Events (PDF)
Parade Rules & Regulations (PDF)
Parade Entry Form (PDF)
Static Display & Exhibit Form (PDF)
Static Display & Exhibit (Commercial) (PDF)
Curb Competition Form (PDF)
Breakfast Order Form (PDF)
Luncheon Order Form (PDF)
Parade Map (PDF)
Vietnam Veterans Traveling Wall (PDF)
Auburn Avenue Theater Programs (PDF)
Street Closures & Detour Routes (PDF)
Join the excitement, music and fun honoring our veterans in the parade or related activities. Call Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation Department at 253-931-3043 to volunteer with the event or receive an official event packet. You may also download a copy of the packet or view official forms by the links provided below.
Leashed, licensed and well-behaved pets welcome.
Auburn Parks, Arts and Recreation
Kristy Pachciarz, Special Events Coordinator