Saturday, November 8, 2014
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 2014. Auburn is proud to be a Vietnam War Commemorative Partner. Auburn has hosted the Veterans Day Parade since 1965. Now in its 49th year, the parade has grown into one of the largest Veteran's Day parades in the United States of America. Auburn's 2014 parade is paying special tribute to the Military Order of the Purple Heart.
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 49th annual Veterans Day Parade will be held in Auburn on Saturday, November 8 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:
Auburn American Legion Post #78 Breakfast
Make reservations (PDF) early for this year's Veterans Day Breakfast on Saturday, November 8 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 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 8 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 Military Order of the Purple Heart. 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.
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.
2014 Event Packet (PDF)
Parade Rules & Regs (PDF)
Schedule of Events (PDF)
Parade Application Form (PDF)
Parade Map (PDF)
Static Display/Exhibit Application Form (PDF)
Breakfast Form (PDF)
Luncheon Form (PDF)
Curb Competition Application Form (PDF)
Dignitary Form (PDF)
VFW Open House Flyer (PDF)
Static Display/Exhibit Application (Commercial Vendor) (PDF)
Auburn Parks, Arts and Recreation
Kristy Pachciarz, Special Events Coordinator