Auburn to honor veterans with a parade, ceremonies, events

Members of a U.S. Army honor color guard march in Auburn’s Veterans Day Parade last year. - Rachel Ciampi/Auburn Reporter
Members of a U.S. Army honor color guard march in Auburn’s Veterans Day Parade last year.
— image credit: Rachel Ciampi/Auburn Reporter

Reporter staff

Auburn honors veterans this weekend in its own special way – with ceremonies, programs and a traditional parade, one of the largest of its kind in the country.

The 48th annual Veterans Day Parade begins at 11 a.m. Saturday on Main Street. The parade features more than 200 units, 5,500 parade participants and more than 25 high school marching bands, military vehicles, veterans units and honor guards.

The official start of the parade is Main Street and E Street Northeast. The parade will proceed west on Main Street to A Street Northwest.

Other Veterans Day Observance activities:

Vietnam Veterans Traveling Wall

Friday through Monday, 24 hours a day, Veterans Memorial Park, 411 E St. NE.

Exhibit pays tribute to the men and women who served in the U.S Armed Forces. This half-scale replica of the Washington, D.C.-based Vietnam Memorial Wall contains the 58,249 names of those killed or missing in action from the conflict. The exhibit includes a museum and computers with databases available to help locate names on the wall.

Auburn American Legion Post No. 78 Breakfast

Saturday, 7-9:30 a.m., Auburn Senior Activity Center, 808 Ninth St. SE.

Co-sponsored by the American Legion Post No. 78 and the City of Auburn. The breakfast is $6/person and includes pancakes, eggs, ham and juice or coffee. For information, call 253-939-5789.

Static Display & Exhibit Showcase

Saturday, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m., Division Street Southeast

A variety of booths and displays feature the Washington National Guard Rock Wall, a Bradley Fighting vehicle, military equipment and vehicles as well as veterans and/or military information.

Remembrance Ceremony and Lighting of the Flame

Saturday, 9:45 a.m., Veterans Memorial Park

The flame is lit and guarded through the night at the Veterans Memorial. Wreath placement, rifle salute, prayers and taps encompass this ceremony.

Auburn Noon Lions Veterans Day Luncheon

Saturday, 1:30-3:00 p.m., Truitt Building, 102 W. Main St.

Program honors veterans, with special recognition given to the Paralyzed Veterans of America. The Governor's Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee's Outstanding Veterans will be honored at the lunch, along with other special presentations. Co-sponsored by the Auburn Noon Lions Club and the City of Auburn. The luncheon is sold out.

Veterans Day Marching Band Competition

Saturday, 1 p.m., Auburn Memorial Stadium, 801 Fourth St. NE

The state's largest marching band and field competition is hosted by the Auburn High School Band & Choir Parents. Over 30 bands compete in the field competition and many of the bands march in the Veterans Day Parade. Event admission is charged at the door.

USS Indianapolis Presentation

Saturday, 6:30 p.m., Sunday, 2 p.m., Auburn Avenue Theater, 10 Auburn Ave.

Listen to and meet one of the last remaining USS Indianapolis survivors, guest of honor John Woolston. Woolston will share his memories of the largest single disaster at sea ever suffered by the U.S. Navy. Free. Open to the public on a first-come, first-seated basis. Limited to the first 250 people. Doors open one hour prior to the presentation.

For more program information, visit

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