Veterans Day Parade and celebration, Nov. 11, Auburn; Museum of Flight Veterans Day, Nov. 11, Seattle.
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., on Saturday, Nov. 11.
Officially designated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as the regional site for Veterans Day celebrations, the parade honors our nation’s veterans and active military personnel with 200 units featuring military and veterans groups, 30 high-school marching bands, military vehicles and more.
More than 20,000 spectators are expected, and many paradegoers arrive early to stake out good viewing spots. Parking is available at the Auburn Transit Station Parking Garage starting at 6 a.m., among other parking options. Several downtown streets will be closed for the event, some as early as 5:30 a.m., so allow for extra time to navigate detours.
Auburn Veterans Day Parade
Time: 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11
Location: Main Street from E Street Southeast to A Street Northwest, Auburn
Remembrance Ceremony: 9:45 to 10:15 a.m. Saturday, Veteran’s Memorial Park, 411 E St. N.E., Auburn
Static Display: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, South Division Street between Main Street and Second Street Southeast, Auburn
High School Marching Band Competition: 1 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Auburn Memorial Stadium, 801 Fourth St. N.E., Auburn; $14/adult, $10/students and ages 65+
More info: auburnwa.gov/home.htm
Veterans Day, Museum of Flight
Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11
Location: Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle
Cost: museum admission $13-$23, free for veterans Saturday
More info: 206-764-5700 or museumofflight.org
Before the parade, a Remembrance Ceremony and Lighting of the Flame includes wreath placement, a rifle salute, prayers and taps at 9:45 a.m. at Veteran’s Memorial Park. The Static Display and Exhibit Showcase, with military equipment, vehicles and information, opens at 9 a.m. Saturday in downtown Auburn and continues until 2 p.m. After the parade, the Auburn High School Band hosts the Veterans Day Marching Band Competition, with more than 30 bands to take part.
The Museum of Flight honors Veterans Day with ceremonies and the unveiling of a new exhibit honoring distinguished American fighter pilots. Events begin at 11 a.m. with patriotic music by the Boeing Employee’s Concert Band, followed by a ceremony with speakers and commemoration marking the new exhibit displaying the Congressional Gold Medal awarded in 2015 to the American Fighter Aces Association for heroism in combat. The museum is the home of the American Fighter Aces archive, and several World War II Aces are scheduled to attend the commemoration.
Veterans Day marks the Nov. 11, 1918, anniversary of the signing of the treaty that ended World War I. Originally called Armistice Day, it was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 to honor all American military veterans and their service.
More Veteran’s Day events
Veteran’s Day, Evergreen Washelli
FRI Volunteers welcome to help place flags on each marble marker in the Veterans Cemetery, 7 a.m. Friday, Veterans Cemetery on the east side of Aurora Avenue; band concert, 10:30 a.m., speaker, 11 a.m. Friday, Evergreen-Washelli Memorial Park, 11111 Aurora Ave. N., Seattle (facebook.com/events/911638245654729).
Veterans Day, NW Trek and Point Defiance Zoo
FRI-SUN Free admission for all currently serving U.S. military and veterans with ID, half off admission fees for immediate family members, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Northwest Trek 11610 Trek Dr. E., Eatonville; and Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, Tacoma (360-832-6117 or nwtrek.org).
Veteran’s Day Ceremonies, Museum of Flight
SAT Honoring America’s Veterans with a ceremony featuring retired USMC Col. Dean Caswell, World War II ace fighter pilot and President of the American Fighter Aces Association; the Boeing Employee’s Concert Band perform an hour of patriotic music, 11 a.m.; ceremony, followed by commemoration to unveil display of the Congressional Gold Medal recently awarded to the American Fighter Aces for their service to the country, noon Saturday, Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle; $13-$23, free museum admission for veterans (206-764-5700 or museumofflight.org/Plan-Your-Visit/Calendar-of-Events/3527/veterans-day-ceremonies).
Auburn’s 52nd Veterans Day Parade & Observance
SAT One of the largest Veterans Day Parades west of the Mississippi with marching bands, honor guards, military marching units and vehicles, veterans units, drill teams, community groups, 11 a.m. Saturday, Main Street from E Street Southeast to A Street Northwest, Auburn; also, American Legion breakfast, $7, 7-9:30 a.m., Auburn Senior Activity Center, 808 Ninth St. S.E., preregister; Static Display and Exhibit Showcase military equipment, vehicles and information, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., South Division Street between Main Street and Second Avenue Southeast; Remembrance Ceremony and Lighting of the Flame, 9:45 a.m., Veterans Memorial Park, 411 E St. N.E.; Veterans Day High School Marching Band Competition, 1-10 p.m. Saturday, Auburn Memorial Stadium, 801 Fourth Ave. N.E., Auburn, $14/adults, $10/students and ages 65 and older (auburnwa.gov/).
Tahoma National Cemetery Veterans Day Ceremony
SAT Historic Flight Foundation flyover, ceremony to celebrate and honor all military members who have served or are serving our nation, theme “Saluting Our Korean War Veterans,” speaker George Rossman, former mayor of Enumclaw and U.S. Army Korean War veteran, 11 a.m. Saturday, Tahoma National Cemetery, 18600 S.E. 240th St., Kent (425-413-9614).
Veterans Day Program, Shoreline
SAT The City of Shoreline and the Shoreline Veterans Association celebrate veterans, all veterans of any U.S. military service invited, along with family and friends and those who would like to honor our veterans, for short program followed by refreshments, 2 p.m. Saturday, Shoreline City Hall, 17500 Midvale Ave. N., Shoreline (206-801-2600 or shorelinewa.gov/our-city/events-meetings/calendar).
Veterans Day Ceremony and Parade, Mill Creek
SAT Commemorative ceremony, 9 a.m., Veterans Monument at Library Park, 15429 Bothell-Everett Hwy., Mill Creek; parade honoring all who have served in the Armed Forces, with floats, bands, drill teams, kids’ groups, 11 a.m. Saturday, 15024 Main Street to 15720 Main Street, Mill Creek (cityofmillcreek.com/veteransday).
Meeker Mansion: Puyallup’s Top Ten Military Stories
SAT Puyallup Historical Society historian Andy Anderson hosts Veterans Day program, all welcome, 3 p.m. Saturday, Meeker Mansion, 312 Spring St., Puyallup; $5 (253-848-1770 or meekermansion.org).
Veterans Day Celebration, Washington State History Museum
SAT Washington at War: The Evergreen State in WWI, Northwest historian Lorraine McConaghy provides an immersive look into this dramatic period, 2 p.m. Saturday, Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma; $11-$14 (washingtonhistory.org).
Veterans Day meals for military and veterans
SAT Free meals from select menu, varying by location, for veterans and active duty military with proof of service, all day at Kidd Valley (cheeseburger, fries, soft drink), and Ivar’s, including Ivar’s Acres of Clams, Salmon House, Mukilteo Landing and 23 Fish Bars around the state, excluding stadium locations, menus vary by location, Saturday (ivars.com/ or kiddvalley.com/).