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Veterans Day Parade and Observance

WHAT: This will be the 49th annual event honoring the nation’s veterans and active military personnel. The event has become one of the largest Veterans Day parades in the country. This year’s event pays special tribute to the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

WHEN: 11 a.m. Nov. 8.

WHERE: Auburn.

PARADE HIGHLIGHTS: The parade will go along 1 mile along East Main Street to A Street Northwest. There will be more than 200 units with more than 5,000 participants. The lineup includes more than 25 high school marching bands, military vehicles, veterans’ units and honor guards.

OTHER ACTIVITIES: A ceremony with a wreath placement, rifle salute, prayers and a playing of “Taps” will take place from 9:45-10:15 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, 411 E. St. NE. There will be information booths and static displays, including military equipment and vehicles, on South Division Street from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. There also will be displays from groups not taking part in the parade along Auburn Avenue. There will be a marching band competition at 1 p.m. at Auburn Memorial Stadium, 801 Fourth St NE. There will be a breakfast and lunch served, but reservations are required.

OF NOTE: Auburn has been designated by the Veterans Day National Committee and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as a regional site for celebrating Veterans Day.

COST: Free, but there is a cost for some events.

INFORMATION: auburnwa.gov.