Since 1965, the City of Auburn has honored our Veterans. Auburn’s Veterans Parade and Observance has been recognized by the National Veterans Day Committee and the US Department of Veterans Affairs as one of the few Regional Sites for the celebration of Veterans Day in the United States. Auburn’s Veterans Day Parade has become the largest parade of its’ kind west of the Mississippi. The 2018 parade will be held on Saturday, November 10 at 11:00am on Main Street in Downtown Auburn. The event is expected to draw over 20,000 people. The parade is supported by each branch of the military and thousands of veterans, active military personnel and veteran service organizations from across the state. The parade boasts nearly 6,000 participants and over 200 units including military vehicles and equipment, military and veteran units, over 25 marching bands, antique cars, community groups and more. To start the much anticipated parade, a local singer will belt out the Star Spangled Banner, followed by a much anticipated fly-over. Although the parade is the focal point of the day long events, numerous other Veteran-related events take place in Auburn throughout the day. Saturday’s events start bright and early with an American Legion sponsored breakfast, followed by a Remembrance Ceremony and Lighting of the Flame. A Static Display and Exhibit Showcase is available from 9:00am – 2:00pm on city streets close to the parade route. The display will include military vehicles and equipment, food vendors, military personnel and a variety of booths. A lunch is held directly after the parade and is a joint effort between the City of Auburn and the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, where they recognize their Outstanding Service to Veterans Award Winners. A VFW Open House and the state’s largest marching band competition conclude the day.
Other activities held in conjunction with this year’s event:
American Legion Community Breakfast
Saturday, Nov. 10, 7 – 9:30 a.m.
Auburn Senior Activity Center
Co-sponsored by the American Legion Post #78 and the City of Auburn, the annual American Legion Community Breakfast is held at the Auburn Senior Activity Center, 808 Ninth Street SE, on Saturday, Nov. 10 from 7 - 9:30 a.m. A generous breakfast for $7 includes pancakes, eggs, ham and juice or coffee. Tickets available in advance or at the door.
Static Display and Exhibit Showcase
Saturday, Nov. 10, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.,
South Division Street and A Street SE (perpendicular to parade route)
Over 40 displays and information booths will fill South Division Street and A Street SE, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10. These displays may include military vehicles and equipment and informational booths relating to veterans and the military. Scheduled to participate in the Exhibit Showcase is, among others, the Naval Air Museum, Wounded Warrior Project and the Federal Way Vet Center. The Washington Army National Guard plans to bring their rock wall (weather dependent) and a variety of military vehicles and equipment. Other agencies include the National Alliance to End Veteran Suicide, the VFW Department of Washington, the Civil Air Patrol and more. A handful of food/beverage vendors will be included in the Static Display area including Fisher Fair Scones, KC Deez BBQ Truck, Tastyz Kettle Corn and more to quench your thirst and tame your appetite.
Veterans Remembrance Ceremony and Lighting of the Flame
Saturday, Nov. 10, 9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Veterans Memorial Park
This special ceremony will take place on Nov. 10 from 9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. at Auburn’s Veterans Memorial Park, 411 E Street NE, and will feature patriotic music, an honor guard and 21-gun salute. Once lit, the flame at the Veterans Memorial will be guarded for 24 hours.
Veterans Day Marching Band Competition
Saturday, Nov. 10, 1:00 – 10 p.m.
Auburn Memorial Stadium
The competition starts at 1:00 p.m. at Auburn Memorial Stadium, 801 Fourth St. NE, Auburn. Over 25 bands will compete in the field competition, which includes great music, drill and precision performances from some of the best high school marching bands in the Pacific Northwest. Admission is charged at the stadium gate (discount ticket prices available for students, children and seniors).
VFW Auburn Post #1741 Open House
Saturday, Nov. 10, 1:00 – 5 p.m.
Auburn VFW Post #1741
The VFW Auburn Post #1741 would like to honor all veterans on Saturday, Nov. 10, by hosting an Open House. The event will run from 1 - 5 p.m. at the Auburn VFW, located at 1525 A Street NE, Suite 107.
For more information about the 53rd annual Auburn Veterans Parade and related activities, visit www.auburnwa.gov/vetsday