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50th Annual Veterans Day Parade & Observance
Date: November 7, 2015
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Auburn Main St. Map it
East Main Street
Auburn, WA
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PARADE LINE-UP (PDF) (as of 11/05/15)

Saturday, November 7, 2015

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 2015. Auburn is proud to be a Vietnam War Commemorative Partner. Auburn has hosted the Veterans Day Parade since 1965. Now in its 50th year, the parade has grown into one of the largest Veteran's Day parades in the United States 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 50th annual Veterans Day Parade will be held in Auburn on Saturday, November 7 at 11:00 AM The parade boasts over 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:

SERVICE INK: Veterans' Tattoos and Their Stories 

A temporary exhibit hosted at the White River Valley Museum SERVICE INK will honor veterans, provide a setting for appreciation and discussion and celebrate the vigor and storytelling inherent in the art of tattooing.  The exhibit will feature photographs of and the stories behind service related tattoos from local active and ex-military members and their families. SERVICE INK will be on display through November 15, 2015.

Vietnam Veterans Social

Meet & Greet (PDF) with Retired U.S. Army Brigadier General, Dr. John P. Rose on Friday, November 6, 2015, from 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM at the White River Valley Museum, 918 H Street SE.  Come mix, meet and mingle with fellow Vietnam Veterans.  See the Museum's SERVICE INK exhibit and meet Dr. John P. Rose, a Vietnam Veteran and former Brigadier General.  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. 

Auburn American Legion Post #78 Breakfast

Make reservations (PDF) early for this year's Veterans Day Breakfast on Saturday, November 7 from 7:00 AM to 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 South Division Street 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 2 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 2 deadline to be considered.

Curb Competition

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 2 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 7.

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 your spot early for this year's Veterans Day Lunch, held on Saturday, November 7 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 our dignitaries in attendance. 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 (PDF) seats by phone, call 253-931-3043.

"Our Heroes Our Parade" Banner Program

This program was created to recognize and pay tribute to the brave men and women in Auburn who are serving, have served, or have given their life to our country in the United States Armed Forces.  It also provides an opportunity for individuals, businesses and Veteran Service Organizations to support those who served by sponsoring a banner in downtown Auburn. The tribute Banner application (PDF) deadline is Friday, September. 4, 2015.  Please complete and return the application with applicable banner fee. 

Auburn Avenue Theater programs

In support of our 50th anniversary, a variety of presentations, performances and a film series has been scheduled at the Auburn Avenue Theater, 10 Auburn Ave.  Listed below is a quick schedule.  View the complete schedule (PDF) for more details and descriptions.

Get Involved!

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.

Official Forms and Helpful Information:

2015 Event Flyer (PDF) 

2015 Registration Packet (PDF)

Parade Rules & Regulations (PDF)

Schedule of Events (PDF)

Parade Application Form (PDF)

Dignitary Entry Form (PDF) (for invited guests) 

Tribute Banner Application (PDF)

Static Display & Exhibit Showcase (PDF)

Static Display & Exhibit Showcase - Commercial (PDF)

Curb Competition (PDF)

Breakfast Order Form (PDF)

Luncheon Order Form (PDF)

Parade Map (PDF)

Auburn Avenue Theater Schedule (PDF)

VFW Open House Flyer (PDF)

Veterans Day special hotel/lodging rates & information (PDF) 

Street Closures/Detour Routes (PDF)

Leashed, licensed and well-behaved pets welcome.


Contact Information
Auburn Parks, Arts and Recreation

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