On November 9th, 2019 Auburn celebrated its 54th Veterans Day Parade, Auburn always takes pride in this parade, it is one of the largest parades West of the Mississippi.
Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day and was set as a legal holiday to honor the end of World War I, which was on November 11, 1918. But many thought that all veterans should be honored so on June first, 1954, the day November 11th was renamed Veterans Day and celebrated all veterans, not just World War I veterans.
There are many different things to do on the day of the Veterans Day Parade. First people can have breakfast and lunch there. The breakfast is sponsored by the American Legion Post #78 and the city of Auburn, and was at the Auburn Senior Activity Center, 808 Ninth Street SE. The lunch is sponsored by the Auburn Noon Lions Veterans and the City of Auburn. It was held at Merrill Gardens at Auburn, 18 First Street SE, just two blocks from the end of the parade.
During the actual Veterans Day Parade, there were over 200 entries, which gave the parade a nice diversity in performances. There were veterans to military troops to bands and many more interesting things to see. Natalie Foust, a Freshman flute player, marched for the first time at the Veterans Day parade. Foust said that “I felt very excited and happy just to be out there and to play our songs. It was a day to remember, everyone out there was so happy!” The parade went from 11:00 A.M to 2:00 P.M. While the parade was going there were many booths and displays around the area of the parade. There were also things such as military equipment and vehicles which were very interesting to see.
Finally, after the parade, there was a marching band competition, the biggest marching band competition in Washington state, with over 20 bands competing. It was hosted by Auburn High and was at the Memorial Field. The schools that won the competition were Ferndale in the AAA division, North Thurston in the AA division, Enumclaw in the A division, and Grants Pass in the open division. This Band Competition funds our school band for the entire year we make over $20,000 every year.
Once again Auburn showed its true colors by celebrating the Veterans Day parade.