Here’s our list of Veteran’s Day parades and other commemorative events in Seattle and around the Puget Sound region.
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About Veteran’s Day
World War I unofficially ended when the Allied nations and Germany agreed to a an armistice or cease fire on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918. Officially, the “war to end all wars” ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919.
In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as Armistice Day, observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m.
In 1926, Congress passed a resolution making it an annual observance.
Finally, in 1938 Veteran’s Day became a federal holiday to honor American veterans of all wars.
Auburn Veterans Day Parade
Auburn, Washington is designated by the Veterans Day National Committee and the US Department of Veterans Affairs as a Regional Site for celebration of Veterans Day. The City of Auburn is also proud to be a Vietnam War Commemorative Partner.
Auburn hosts the Puget Sound regions biggest Veterans parade every year on Saturday on or before Veterans Day, November 11. It’s a full day beginning with a pancake breakfast, ceremonial lighting of the flame, military exhibits, and a huuuuuuuuuuge parade.
Get all the details for the region’s biggest Veterans Day parade on our Auburn Veterans parade page.
Mill Creek Veterans Day Commemoration & Parade
The traditional Mill Creek Veterans Parade has been cancelled for 2020. However, the community can honor veterans in the following ways:
Wednesday, November 11, 2020. A Virtual Commemorative Ceremony honors veterans of the U. S. Armed Forces and their many sacrifices. Find the virtual display on the Mill Creek website and social media platforms:
- Mill Creek Veterans Day website
- Mill Creek Facebook page
- Mill Creek Instagram page
- Mill Creek Twitter page
2020 Mill Creek Veterans Day Reverse Parade Nov 11
Wednesday, November 11 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The Mill Creek Veterans Day “Reverse Parade”. This drive-by event happens on Main Street between 155th Street and 153rd Street. The public is invited to remain in their vehicles and drive by a display of military memorabilia. Display items include: Mannequins dressed in Military Uniforms, Eternal flame, Battlefield Cross, and Wreath,
Many other cities and organizations host commemorative events, such as flag ceremonies, wreath laying, music, and speeches. Find these in the calendar below.
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Calendar of Veteran’s Day Events
If nothing is listed below, there are no upcoming Veteran’s Day events in our calendar. We begin updating Veteran’s Day event in October.