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Auburn Veterans Day Parade announces award winners

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The Veteran's Award for Best Non-Motorized Entry went to the Washington Civil War Association.
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The Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation Department has announced the winners of the 48th annual Veterans Day Parade held last Saturday.

The mile-long parade attracted more than 5,000 spectators.

A panel of four judges chose the winners out of nearly 220 entries, of which 29 were high school marching bands. There are six award categories, with the most prestigious award being the General's Award – Best in parade.

This year's winners are as follows:

• General's Award – Best in Parade
#172 - Brothers In Arms Motorcycle Club

• Admiral's Award – Best Military Entry
#150 - Washington High School Air Force Junior ROTC

• Memorial Award to Harold Page – Best Veteran Service Organization Entry
#65 – Washington Department of Military Order of the Purple Heart/American Lake Veterans Golf Course

• Colonel's Award – Best Motorized Entry
#84 – Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association

• Veteran's Award – Best Non-Motorized Entry
#163 – Washington Civil War Association

• Mayor's Award – Best Musical or Drill Entry
#174 - Ferndale High School Marching Band

The City of Auburn would also like to congratulate the winners of the annual Curb Competition. The competition was created in 2010 as a way for groups and organizations that do not fit the parade criteria to still participate in the event and honor our veterans and active military personnel.

Award winners are as follows:

• Best Curb Appeal – Price Helton Funeral Home

• Most Patriotic – Knights of Columbus

• Best Salute to Veterans – Wesley Homes

The parade is the focal point of numerous veteran-related events that take place in Auburn. Military and veteran units, military vehicles and equipment, marching bands, antique cars and community groups all took part in this year's parade.

Past Auburn Idol winner, Dayla Walker, belted out "The Star Spangled Banner" to mark the beginning of the parade, which coincided with the amazing UH-1 Huey Helicopter flyover.

The 2014 event is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 8.

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