Our chapter is preparing to participate in the
49thAnnual Auburn Veterans’ Day Parade on November 8th. This event is
the largest veterans’ parade west of the Mississippi and 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. The city of Auburn is proud to be a Vietnam War Commemorative
Partner and this year's parade is paying special tribute to the Military
Order of the Purple Heart.
Auburn parade has become a very special
event for our chapter, affording us the opportunity to interact with the
spectators and other parade participants. We’ve seen many older
veterans rise from their wheelchairs as we pass by with our “Huey” and
chapter banner, to salute and thank us for our service. We plan to have
our newly restored UH1 on display including a rotor system. A lot of
work has gone into making this happen so be sure to attend.
8:30AM - Breakfast with the American Legion at Auburn Senior Center, 808
Ninth St. SE, Auburn WA 98071. From Hwy 18 take Auburn Way S Exit, turn
left onto Auburn Wy S. At next stop light intersection with F Street and
9th Street SE, turn left onto 9th Street and proceed two blocks east to
Senior Center next to Les Grove Park.
9:30 AM - Proceed north on F Street to our “Holding Area”, at the
corner of H Street SE and E. Main, in downtown Auburn. The map can be
seen here. We will form up and march
(or ride the Huey for those unable to march) alongside our restored
Olympia Flight Museum UH-1H Huey towed by VHPA-WA member Dave Saunders.
11:00 AM Parade commences - 1:00 PM Parade ends.
Suggested attire: VHPA-WA Jackets and shirts, VHPA-WA Caps or former
military unit caps, khaki or tan trousers. We may not look uniform but
let’s look sharp and be proud of our service. American Flags will be
handed out to all VHPA members for the march down Main Street.
For more info call Pat Staeheli (253) 859-4185. See you in Auburn on
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please contact John Combs by
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