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Weekend Pass

Veterans on parade

Annual City of Auburn Veterans Day parade a community tradition

Published: 02:08PM November 8th, 2012
Veterans on parade

Photos courtesy of the City of Auburn

Now in its 47th year, the city of Auburn will host its annual Veterans Day parade Nov. 10 beginning at 11 a.m. The one-mile parade route travels through downtown Auburn along Main Street to A Street NW.

The parade honors America’s military personnel and veterans and has grown into one of the largest Veterans Day parades in the country. Almost 200 military units and more than 5,500 parade participants will march in the parade, including marching bands, military vehicles and honor guards.

“This is a true reflection of the real spirit of America,” said Auburn mayor Pete Lewis. “This is about community. This is about partnership.”

The day’s events include an American Legion Post No. 78 breakfast at the Auburn Senior Activity Center, 808 Ninth Street SE, from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. The $6 breakfast includes ham and eggs, pancakes, juice and coffee. For more information, call 939-5789.

Following the breakfast, a remembrance ceremony will be held at Veterans Memorial Park, 411 E Street NE, in Auburn from 9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. to light a flame which will be guarded through the night. The ceremony also includes a rifle salute, wreath placement and prayers, and will conclude with a rendition of Taps.

After the parade, the 26th annual Veterans Day marching band competition begins at 1 p.m. at Auburn Memorial Stadium, 801 Fourth Street NE. Event directors Sue Hoffman and Teena Bailie told the Renton Reporter the showcase is the largest and longest running marching band competition in Washington state. More than 30 bands compete in the field competition, and event admission is $10 for military.

There will be a luncheon from 1:30 to 3 p.m. co-sponsored by the Auburn Noon Lions Club and the City of Auburn in the lobby of the One Main Building, 1 East Main Street, in downtown Auburn. Reservations are required and the cost is $15. Special recognition will honor American Veterans and the Governor’s Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee’s Outstanding Veterans. For more information, call 931-3043.

An exhibit of military equipment and vehicles, along with other military service-related items, will be on display near the parade route.

The day-long celebration culminates in a performance by Sweet Swing at the Auburn Avenue Theater, a 1940s era music ensemble. The show begins at 6:30 p.m., and tickets are $10.

City of Auburn event coordinator Kristy Pachciarz advises spectators to arrive early. Pachciarz recommends watching the parade from near the review stand on Main Street.