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53rd Auburn’s Veterans Parade and More
November 10 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday, November 10
11:00 a.m. – 53rd Auburn’s Veterans Parade
Main Street | Downtown Auburn
Flags, families and thousands of veterans will line Main Street in Auburn for the 2018 Veterans Parade. The Parade proceeds west on Main from E St. SE to A St. NW near Auburn City Hall over a period of approximately two and a half hours. The parade boasts over 200 entries and nearly 6,000 parade participants showcasing American strength of will, endurance and purpose. The parade will feature over 25 marching bands, as well as local Junior ROTC units, honor guards, military units and antique military vehicles. Spectators will also enjoy the procession of veteran units, drill teams, community and scouting groups, intermixed with floats, antique and classic cars and other entries of interest. Spectators are advised to arrive early, bring a folding chair, a flag, their best salute and plenty of tissue.
Thank you to the Muckleshoot Casino, TriWest Healthcare Alliance, Wells Fargo and Boeing for their generous support of the parade. Media support courtesy of KOMO 4, KOMO News Radio AM 1000/97.7 FM and Talk Radio 570 KVI.
Other activities on Saturday, November 10
7:00-9:30 a.m. – American Legion Community Breakfast
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 $7/person and includes pancakes, eggs, ham and juice or coffee.
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.- Static Display & Exhibit Showcase
South Division St. & A Street SE | Downtown Auburn
Displays, booths, food, military equipment, military vehicles and veterans and/or military information.
9:45-10:15 a.m. – Remembrance Ceremony and Lighting of the Flame
Veterans Memorial Park | 411 E Street NE
The flame is lit and guarded through the night at the Veterans Memorial at Veterans Memorial Park,. Wreath placement, rifle salute, prayers and taps encompass this special ceremony held just prior to the Parade.
1:00-10:00 p.m. – Veterans Day High School Marching Band Competition
Auburn Memorial Stadium | 801 Fourth Street NE
The state’s largest marching band and field competition, hosted by the Auburn High School Band & Choir Parents, showcases over 25 bands competing in the field competition. Awards and full band retreat at 9:30pm. Event admission is charged at the door.
1:00-5:00 p.m. – Auburn VFW Post #1741 Open House
Auburn VFW | 1525 A Street NE, Ste. 107
The Auburn VFW Post #1741 invites all Veterans to come mix, meet and mingle with fellow Veterans. Food and refreshments will be served.
1:30-3:00 p.m. – Auburn Noon Lions Veterans Day Luncheon
Merrill Gardens at Auburn | 18 1st Street SE
The luncheon is co-sponsored by the Auburn Noon Lions Club and the City of Auburn. Pre-reservations are $15/person and includes a variety of pastas, salad, rolls, desert 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 seats by phone, call 253-931-3043.
For complete details about Auburn’s Veterans Parade and Observance, visit www.auburnwa.gov/vetsday