A parade, making a card, running a 5K… there are many ways we can show our appreciation to our American Veterans. Here are some fun events for active and retired military and their families to celebrate with us on Veteran’s Day.

Make-a-Card for a Veteran
Thursday, November 8
American Legion Hall
3618 SW Alaska Street
Seattle, WA 98126

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The West Seattle American Legion Auxiliary Unit 160 invites children (and adults) to make a card for a Veteran for Veteran’s Day. Cards can be dropped off at the American Legion Hall (through the mail slot at the front of the building) or if your school is interested in doing it as a school project, the American Legion can arrange to pick them up. Please drop off cards no later than Thursday, November 8. Contact Andrea Geraghty at alaunit160@gmail.com to make arrangements for pick-up from schools by November 1. The Thank you cards will be distributed to Veterans currently living in the West Seattle area and Veterans at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Remembrance Ceremony and Lighting of the Flame
Saturday, November 10
9:45am – 10:15am
Veterans Memorial Park
411 E Street NE
Auburn, WA 98002

The flame is lit and guarded through the night at the Veterans Memorial. Wreath placement, rifle salute, prayers and taps encompass this ceremony.

Veteran’s Day Breakfast
Saturday, November 10
7:00am – 9:30am
Auburn Senior Activity Center
808 Ninth Street SE
Auburn, WA 98002

Make reservations for this year’s Veterans Day Breakfast! The breakfast is co-sponsored by the American Legion Post #78 and the City of Auburn. The breakfast is $6/person and includes pancakes, eggs, ham and juice or coffee. Please make check payable and return to: American Legion Post #78, PO BOX 668, Auburn, WA 98071. Call for additional information.

Veteran’s Day 5K Family Fun Run
Saturday, November 10
Muriel Iverson Williams Waterfront Park
18809 Anderson Pkwy
Poulsbo, WA 98370

Children 8 and under are free! Race ends at Sound Brewery. All participants will enjoy one free beer or non alcoholic beverage and a bratwurst.
Register online HERE.

The 47th annual Veterans Day Parade
Saturday, November 10
Main Street
Auburn, WA 98002

Come see one of the largest Veteran’s Day Parades in the US! The parade boasts almost 200 units and over 5,500 parade participants, including over 25 marching bands, military vehicles, veterans’ units, honor guards and more. The one-mile parade route travels west along Main Street to A Street NW.

Auburn Noon Lions Veterans Day Luncheon
Saturday, November 10
1:30pm – 3:00pm
Auburn Avenue Theater
10 Auburn Avenue
Auburn, WA 98002

Reserve your spot early for this year’s Veterans Day Lunch. The luncheon is co-sponsored by the Auburn Noon Lions Club and the City of Auburn. Lunch reservations are $15/person and includes a specialty wrap, chili chips, beverage and cookie. Call for reservations.

Brown Bear Veteran’s Day Car Wash
Sunday, November 11
8:00am – close
Local Brown Bear Car Wash Locations

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Brown Bear Car Wash is proud to honor veterans and service personnel on Veterans Day with free car washes at all their tunnel car washes. This program is designed to show our support and gives us a unique opportunity to say “thank you” to people who sacrifice for our freedom. Visit the website to find a Brown Bear Car Wash near you.

University of Washington Veteran’s Day
Sunday, November 11
11:00am – 12:30pm
Medal of Honor Memorial
Memorial Way
University of Washington Campus
NE 45th St. & 17th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98105

Please join the University of Washington community to commemorate Veterans Day 2012 on the Seattle campus. The ceremony will include recognition of Herb Bridge ’47, the first recipient of the new Distinguished Alumni Veteran Award. Musician Third Class Sara Reasner, a musical ambassador for the United States Navy, will join the Husky Marching Band in honoring men and women throughout our region for their dedication and service in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Veterans Appreciation Day
Sunday, November 11
9:30am – 3:00pm
11610 Trek Drive East
Eatonville, WA 98328

In celebration of Veterans Day, Northwest Trek is offering free admission to all individuals who are currently serving or have honorably served in the U.S. military. Please be sure to bring your active military/veteran identification card, discharge papers, DD214s, or any other proof of honorable US military service with you to Northwest Trek. Plus, the Northwest Trek cafe will be offering 10 percent discount all military personnel with identification card.

Veterans Day Recognition and Ceremony
Sunday, November 11
Museum of Flight
9404 East Marginal Way S
Seattle, WA 98108

The Museum recognizes the contributions of America’s veterans at the annual Veterans Day Ceremony. The Boeing Employees’ Concert Band performs patriotic music from noon to 1:00pm. The 1:00pm Veterans Day ceremony features guest speakers and a color guard. There will also special programs for youth, adults and families. On Veterans Day all U.S. veterans and current U.S. military personnel will be admitted to the Museum free of charge. An autograph session immediately follows the ceremony.

Veteran’s Appreciation Day
Sunday, November 11
9:30am – 4:00pm
Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium
5400 N. Pearl St.
Tacoma, WA 98407

In celebration of Veterans Day, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is offering free admission to all individuals who are currently serving or have honorably served in the U.S. military. Please be sure to bring your active military/veteran identification card, discharge papers, DD214s, or any other proof of honorable US military service with you to the Zoo.

Free Admission – Future of Flight & Boeing Tour for Vets
Sunday and Monday
November 11 and 12
Future of Flight
8415 Paine Field Boulevard
Mukilteo, WA 98275

Veterans and active duty military, both US & Canadian get free admission to Future of Flight & Boeing Tour in recognition of their service. ID or uniform required. Tickets must be purchased at Future of Flight, not online.

“Honor Those Who Served”
Monday, November 12
9:00am – 1:00pm
Kitsap Sun Pavilion
1200 NW Fairgrounds Rd
Bremerton, WA 98311

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Come look at the antique military vehicle display and talk with the representatives from the many organizations. The event, honoring US Veterans, includes Col. Charlie Tyrian, USMC, (ret), as the keynote speaker. Free admission.