Veteran’s Day Parade at Fort Vancouver

On Saturday November 8th, join in and honor local veterans with this annual Department of Veteran Affairs sanctioned parade, at the Fort Vancouver National Site (612 E Reserve Street). Opening ceremony begins at 10:00 am and the parade will kick off at 11:00 am. This event is open to all.

The Veterans Parade at Fort Vancouver was started 28 years ago by a group of volunteers led by Mike Harding to recognize a need in our community, a way to honor Clark County veterans. More than 100 military, veteran and civic organizations and 2,500 individuals participate in the parade.

With assistance and support from then Vancouver Barracks Commander Royce Pollard and City of Vancouver Mayor Bruce Hagensen, Mike and a committee of volunteers successfully put together the  first Veterans Parade. The Fort Vancouver National Trust is now honored to host this parade, which is one of the largest Department of Veteran Affairs sanctioned Veterans Parades on the West Coast.

This event would not be possible with out the team of volunteers, esteemed sponsors and the community. While the Trust is now responsible for the organization of the parade, it is these dedicated volunteers that allow the parade to be a success.

So be sure to take some time out of your Saturday morning and come on out for the parade – it will take place rain or shine!

 

Veterans Parade at Fort Vancouver 2011

Honoring Our Veterans.

The 25th Annual Veterans Day Parade at Fort Vancouver will take place Saturday, November 5, 2011 starting at 11 am, rain or shine. This year will also commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War.

“For 25 years, Vancouver has honored veterans with this annual parade which begins at the east end of Officers Row at E. Reserve Street. The parade attracts more than 100 entries with approximately 2,500 individuals marching or riding in the parade. The public is encouraged to support veterans and troops while viewing one of the largest Department of Veteran Affairs sanctioned veterans parades on the West coast.” ~Fort Vancouver National Trust

Unlike previous years, this year’s parade route will stay entirely on the Fort Vancouver National Site, so you might want to check out the Parade Route before you claim your viewing spot! The parade will start with an Air Force fly-over and a 21 gun salute, followed by participating bands, military and veteran units, community organizations and dozens of scout troops.