Auburn Veterans Day Parade and Observance, Nov. 7, Auburn.

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Auburn’s Veterans Day Parade and Observance celebrates its 50th anniversary as one of the largest events in the U.S. honoring veterans and active military with a mile-long parade of marching bands, military vehicles, veterans’ units and honor guards, and events throughout the day on Saturday, Nov. 7.

“We’re excited about some surprises added this year to celebrate our big anniversary,” says city of Auburn special-events coordinator Kristy Pachciarz. “I recommend arriving a bit early before the parade’s start time Saturday. The parade always starts with a military flyover, but this year there’ll be multiple flyovers including World War II and Vietnam-era aircraft, weather permitting.”

Along with the regular parade announcer at city hall, a second announcing stand has been added for this year’s parade at D Street and Main Street. It’s a great spot for marching-band fans since the parade’s 37 bands (34 high-school and three military bands) will perform their full routines there.

Auburn Veterans Day

Parade: 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, Main Street from E Street Northeast to B Street Northwest, Auburn

Breakfast: 7- 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Auburn Senior Center, 808 Ninth St. S.E.; $6/person

“Service Ink” exhibit: 8-10 a.m. and noon- 4 p.m. Saturday, White River Valley Museum, 918 H St. S.E., Auburn

Remembrance Ceremony: 9:45-10:15 a.m., Veterans Memorial Park, 411 E St. N.E., Auburn

Static Display and Exhibit Showcase: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., South Division Street between Main Street and Second Street Southeast

Marching Band Competition: 1-10 p.m. Saturday, Auburn Memorial Stadium, 801 Fourth St. N.E., Auburn, $12-$15, military in uniform and ages 4 and younger free

More info: 253-931-3043 or

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

Events start early Saturday with an open house at White River Valley Museum’s “Service Ink” exhibit honoring veterans and the storytelling and art of their tattoos, Auburn American Legion Post No. 78 breakfast and the Remembrance Ceremony and Lighting of the Flame at Veterans Memorial Park. The Static Display and Exhibit Showcase of military equipment, vehicles and information has been expanded this year and is open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. After the parade, high-school bands compete in the Veterans Day Marching Band Competition at Auburn Memorial Stadium.

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. Auburn’s official regional celebration is always on the Saturday nearest to the holiday to make it possible for more people to attend.