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Auburn announces Veterans Day Parade grand marshal
For the Reporter
Brent King, Northwest Chapter immediate past president of the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), has been named grand marshal of Auburn's 48th annual Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 9.
Ernie Butler, executive director of the Northwest Chapter of PVA, named King this week.
Auburn's Veterans Day Parade & Observance is paying special tribute to the PVA, specifically the Northwest Chapter.
King served as an enlisted man and officer second lieutenant in the United States Army until he was medically retired following a training accident in 1995. Since that time, he has continued to serve veterans and his community regarding health care and benefits. He has served 18 years with the PVA's Northwest Chapter in a myriad of roles from advocacy and legislation to sports and recreation.
King was instrumental in bringing the National Veteran Wheelchair Games to Spokane in 2009. While King maintains an active face for the chapter in Eastern Washington, he also serves on U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodger's Veterans Constituent Advisory Board and has been a member of the PVA National Advocacy/Legislative Team in Washington, D.C. for many years.
King resides in Spokane with his wife, Jolie, and twin children, Chyenne and Skylar.
The PVA is a congressionally chartered veterans service organization founded in 1946. The Northwest Chapter was founded in 1977 and has grown to more than 400 members. The PVA has developed a unique expertise on a wide variety of issues involving the special needs of their members – veterans of the armed forces who have experienced spinal cord injury or dysfunction. PVA advocates for quality health care for their members, research and education addressing spinal cord injury and dysfunction, benefits available for their members and civil rights and opportunities that maximize the independence of their members.
About Auburn's Veterans Day Parade & 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 observance includes an American Legion breakfast, a Remembrance Ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park, a Static Display & Exhibit Showcase on South Division Street, an Auburn Noon Lions Luncheon, one of the state's largest marching band competitions, and more.
The City welcomes the return of The Wall That Heals, a Vietnam Veterans Traveling Wall. The half-scale replica of the Washington, D.C.-based wall will be open for viewing Friday, Nov. 8 to Monday, Nov. 11 at Veterans Memorial Park. The exhibit contains 58,249 names of those killed or missing in action from the conflict.
The focal point of the day-long activities is the mile-long parade, which includes military units, veteran service organizations, marching bands, honor guards, drill teams, community and scouting groups, as well as floats, antique cars, community groups and more.
The official start of the 11 a.m. parade is Main Street and E Street NE and proceeds west on Main Street to A Street NW.
For more information, visit www.auburnwa.gov/events, or contact the Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation Department at 253-931-3043.