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Auburn to kick off Veterans Day events; memorials, parades and art to follow

Post by Adam Ashton / The News Tribune on Nov. 1, 2010 at 1:36 pm |
November 1, 2010 1:36 pm

The city of Auburn is getting an early jump on Veterans Day celebrations this year with its 45th annual parade scheduled for Saturday morning.

The one-mile parade route follows Main Street to A Street NW. A remembrance ceremony begins at 9:45 a.m. at the city’s veterans memorial 15 411 E St. NE. That’s where the American Legion will present patriotic music, an honor guard and a 21-gun salute.

Here’s a look at the parade line-up. It kicks off at 11 a.m.

We plan to publish a list of other Veterans Day events next week ahead of the holiday on Thursday, Nov. 11. Call or email with tips. I’m at 253.597.8646, or

Here are a few that are on our calendar:

The city of Buckley on Sunday plans to dedicate a new veterans memorial. It’s located at City Park between Jefferson Avenue and Ryan Road. The memorial’s main feature is a 43-foot Douglas fir with an eagle carved from cedar at its top. An American flag drapes below with the words “Veterans” and “Freedom.” The dedication ceremony begins at 1 p.m. For more information, call Buckley Arts Commissioner Bob Olson at 253.370.7907.

The War Experience Project, an art collective for veterans, is holding its grand opening on Veterans Day. It will have activities all day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 906 Broadway in Tacoma. The project plans to have exhibits at other Veterans Day events next week.

Puget Sound HirePatriots is running a drive to get more jobs posted on its web site, which tries to match veterans with job opportunities.

Puyallup and its VFW chapter are hosting a music program for Veterans Day. It begins at 7 p.m., Thursday in the pavilion at Pioneer Park. The Pierce College Concert Choir is to perform with the McChord Chancel Choir. Retired Air Force Lt. General Vernon Kondra, a former commander at McChord Air Force Base, is the keynote speaker. For more information, call Jack Taylor at 360.893.8022.

The Tacoma chapter of Ladies Operation Moving Forward plans to honor female veterans with a brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Veterans Day at 4621 Pacific Avenue. The program includes outreach to connect female veterans with new careers. For more information, call Janis Gbalah at 253.376.3393.

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