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Registration for Auburn's annual Veterans Day Parade is under way

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Auburn's Veterans Day Parade, one of the largest of its kind in the United States, includes more than 5,500 parade participants and features military marching units and vehicles, veteran units, marching bands, honor guards, drill teams, antique military vehicles and equipment.
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The City of Auburn is accepting applications for the annual Veterans Day Parade.

Official applications may be picked up at the Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation Office, 910 Ninth Street SE, or downloaded from the City of Auburn's – www.auburnwa.gov.

The 48th annual event is Saturday, Nov. 9 with the parade beginning promptly at 11 a.m. The parade is limited to approximately 200 entries and will be viewed by tens of thousands. This year's parade will pay special tribute to the Paralyzed Veterans of America.

Parade applications must be received by Oct. 4 to be considered. Applications can be faxed to 253-931-4005 or can be mailed or hand-delivered to the Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation Office. Interested applicants may also register on the city's website. Applications will be reviewed after the deadline and entries chosen will receive an official confirmation and complete event information.

About Auburn's Veterans Day Observance

The National Veterans Day Committee and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs have once again selected the City of Auburn as one of the few regional sites for Veterans Day Observance in 2013. The mile-long parade, one of the largest of its kind in the United States, includes more than 5,500 parade participants and features military marching units and vehicles, veteran units, marching bands, honor guards, drill teams, antique military vehicles and equipment, as well as floats, antique cars and more. The parade will proceed west on Main Street from E Street Northeast to A Street Northwest.

Other events related to the Veterans Day celebration in Auburn include a Remembrance Ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park, a Static Display & Exhibit Showcase, a breakfast and luncheon to honor veterans, the state's largest marching band competition and much more.

The City of Auburn has announced the return of The Wall That Heals, a Vietnam Veterans Traveling Wall. This half-scale replica of the Washington, D.C.-based wall will be open for viewing Friday, Nov. 8-Monday, Nov. 11 at Veterans Memorial Park. The exhibit contains 58,249 names of those killed or missing in action from this conflict. This exhibit is open 24 hours a day and includes a 53-foot museum, computers with databases available to help locate names on the wall.

For official applications, additional details and event information, visit www.auburnwa.gov/events or call 253-931-3043.

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