The City of Auburn considers it a great honor to host the 2020 Salute to Veterans Celebration this November, paying tribute to and celebrating our Veterans and those currently serving in the United States Armed Forces.
Auburn, Washington is designated by the Veterans Day National Committee and the US Department of Veterans Affairs as a Regional Site for the celebration of Veterans Day 2020 and has been hosting a Veterans Celebration since 1965.
We are excited to offer a five-day celebration. It will begin with a Veterans Vehicle Procession on Saturday, November 7, feature a variety of video tributes and other special activities, and culminate with a Remembrance Ceremony on Wednesday, November 11.
Here is the schedule of the planned activities for 2020:
Saturday, November 7
Veterans Vehicle Procession
11:00am – 1:00pm | Starting from Veterans Memorial Park
The Veterans Vehicle Procession will feature veterans, active military members, Veteran Service Organizations, historic military vehicles, living history groups, other veteran-related groups and invited guest. Procession participants will be given a flag for their passenger side window that will identify their vehicle as part of the procession, allowing spectators to easily identify them and cheer them on.
Spectators will be watching a vehicle procession, NOT a parade. Vehicles in the procession will be following a pre-determined route, following all traffic signs, traffic lights, and rules of the road. Spectators are encouraged to find a socially-distanced sidewalk location along the procession route to cheer on the vehicle procession participants. The route is nearly 3 miles long, allowing room for social distancing. It is imperative that all spectators follow social distancing and mask-wearing guidelines along with all other COVID-safety requirements currently in place while viewing the procession.
If you are in need of a sign to hold up during the procession, we encourage you to participate in the Salute to Veterans Create-A-Sign community engagement activity. Or, you can download or pick up a free “Thank You for your Service” sign at at the following locations prior to the event:
- Auburn Community & Event Center, 910 9th Street SE
Friday, November 6 between 8 AM-7 PM
- Auburn Senior Center. 808 9th Street SE
Friday, November 6, 12:30-3 PM. Ring the doorbell for assistance
Sunday, November 8
Virtual Veterans Tribute Program
Airing at 6:30pm
This virtual program will include live performances, patriotic music, inspirational stories and a walk down memory lane. The program will be showcased on all of Auburn’s social media outlets on November 8 at 6:30pm.
Monday, November 9
Virtual Veterans Museum Showcase
A thoughtfully compiled list of virtual exhibits at our local and national Veterans Museums that you won’t want to miss, along with a handful of local artifacts and historical stories curated by Auburn’s own White River Valley Museum. Links and details will be found at auburnwa.gov/vetsday and Auburn’s social media channels.
Tuesday, November 10
Sweet Treats for Vets
Auburn Senior Activity Center, 808 Ninth Street SE
Free drive-thru event, pre-registration required
Coffee and cinnamon rolls for Veterans and our active military, along with a momentum from the Auburn Garden Club. This drive-thru event will be hosted a the Auburn Senior Activity Center. Thank you to the Auburn Noon Lions Club for sponsoring this event! So we can properly plan, guests are required to complete a simple registration form to guarantee their spot for this free event. Registration Deadline is November 6.
I am a Veteran or member of the military and want to
register for this free Sweet Treats event.
Wednesday, November 11
Virtual Remembrance Ceremony
Airing at 11:00am
A pre-recorded ceremony from Auburn’s Veterans Memorial Park to enjoy as we celebrate Veterans Day.
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