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Auburn’s 50th Veterans Day parade kicks off busy celebration week

Auburn’s annual parade Saturday kicks off this year’s Veterans Day celebrations. This is the parade’s 50th anniversary.
Auburn’s annual parade Saturday kicks off this year’s Veterans Day celebrations. This is the parade’s 50th anniversary. News Tribune file

Wednesday is Veterans Day, and local commemorations kick off this weekend in Auburn with the city’s 50th annual veterans parade. Events are listed here chronologically.


▪ The 50 annual Auburn Veterans Day Parade begins at 11 a.m. on East Main Street. More than 200 groups and 5,500 people are expected to participate. Afterward, the Auburn Noon Lions Club is hosting a lunch where the Washington Department of Veterans plans to recognize several nonprofit, military and legislative leaders for their service to veterans. The lunch is $15 and will be held at the Truitt Building, 102 W. Main St. For more information, go to


▪ Puyallup’s annual Veterans Day celebration takes place in Pioneer Park with remarks from U.S. Rep. Denny Heck and a performance by the South Sound Symphonic Band at 1 p.m. A display showing uniforms of female military service members dating back to World War I will be open to the public at 11 a.m. The park is at the intersection of Pioneer Avenue and Meridian.

▪ Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church in Gig Harbor will host a veterans banquet with a catered meal and presentation from Puget Sound Honor Flight. The cost is $12. It begins at 6 p.m. at the church, 7700 Skansie Ave. For more information, call 253-265-3792. 


▪ A ceremony and tour of war memorials on the Capitol campus in Olympia is scheduled to begin at noon. The event is hosted by the International Association of Workplace Professionals. It starts at the World War II Memorial next to 11th Avenue.

▪ Saint Martin’s University hosts a ceremony at Trautman Union Building beginning at 11 a.m., 5000 Abbey Way SE, Lacey.


▪ The Tacoma Historical Society hosts a ceremony at Tacoma War Memorial Park at 11 a.m. The park is at 6th Avenue and MacArthur Street.

▪ The Puyallup Tribe unveils a new veterans memorial wall with a ceremony beginning at 10 a.m. It is located at Takipid, 2209 E. 32nd Street, Tacoma. A lunch follows at Emerald Queen Casino. To RSVP, email or call 253-680-5774.

▪ The Thurston County Veterans Council plans to host a ceremony in the Capitol rotunda at 10:30 a.m. A cannon salute will begin at 11 a.m.

▪ The Tahoma National Cemetery at 18600 SE 240th Street in Kent has a ceremony scheduled at 11 a.m. It will feature remarks from a Canadian Royal Air Force officer stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and from a Vietnam veteran who lost his legs in the war and has become a pioneer in adaptive sports. A group of Navy E-18 Growler pilots from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island are expected to fly over the event.

▪ The Daughters of the American Revolution will host a ceremony at the Washington state Vietnam Veterans Memorial at noon on the West Capitol Campus. The ceremony will include a reading of names on the wall.

▪ The Washington State History Museum will host a celebration at 1 p.m. with music, a program on Buffalo Soldiers and remarks from Washington state Department of Veterans Affairs Director Loures Alvarado-Ramos. It’s located at 1911 Pacific Ave. in Tacoma. For more information, go to

▪ The National Association of Black Veterans will hold a ceremony in Tacoma recognizing Korean War veterans. It will begin at 5 p.m. at the Oasis of Hope Center, 1937 South G Street in Tacoma.

Friday, Nov. 13

▪ Joint Base Lewis-McChord will host a salute to Korean War veterans. The base’s DuPont Gate at Exit 119 on Interstate 5 will open at 9 a.m. to veterans and their families. The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.

Adam Ashton: 253-597-8646