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Join in honoring America’s veterans at the Veterans Day Parade in Auburn, one of the largest celebrations of the holiday in the U.S., a mile-long parade of more than 200 veterans groups, marching bands, military vehicles, honor guards, ROTC units and community groups along Main Street starting at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Veterans Day, originally called Armistice Day, is always on Nov. 11, the anniversary of the signing of the treaty that ended World War I in 1918. In 1954 it was officially renamed Veterans Day to honor all American military veterans and their service, and Auburn’s hosted the official regional celebration and Veterans Day Parade on the Saturday nearest to the holiday since 1965.

City Hall Plaza is a popular parade-viewing area. Plan for extra time to stake out your spot since some downtown streets are closed and the annual event draws big crowds.

Enthusiastic spectators get into the spirit with cheers, flags and the Curb Competition, preregistered groups competing for prizes for Best Curb Appeal, Most Patriotic and Best Salute to Veterans themed viewing areas along the parade route.

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Related attractions throughout the day include a Remembrance Ceremony with wreath placement, rifle salute and lighting of the flame at Veterans Memorial Park at 9:45 a.m., and the Veterans Day Marching Band Competition at 1 p.m. at Auburn Memorial Stadium. Military equipment, vehicles and information from veteran and military organizations fill South Division Street from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and the Vietnam Veterans Traveling Wall, a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., that lists the names of the 58,249 killed or missing in action in the Vietnam War, is on display 24 hours a day Friday through Monday at Veterans Memorial Park.

The former Seattle Veterans Museum to honor military veterans and their service is now the Veterans Heritage Museum and has moved to a temporary home at VFW Post 2100 in Everett. Visitors are welcome 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Monday in honor of Veterans Day, and every Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 2711 Oaks Ave., Everett; admission is $3, free for veterans on Monday. The museum is an all-volunteer effort looking for donations and sponsors for a permanent site; for more information, 425-949-8821 or

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