Best Veterans Day Events In Seattle

November 4, 2013 4:00 AM

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We are fortunate that there are many celebrations taking place all across the state honoring the achievements of veterans and active service men and women during Veterans Day weekend. Here are just five events that honor and educate in the greater Seattle area.

48th Annual Veterans Day Parade & Observance
E. Main St.
Auburn, WA 98001
(253) 931-3000

Date: Nov. 9, 2013 at 11 a.m.

The city of Auburn has been hosting a Veterans Day Parade since 1965 and since that time, it has grown into one of the largest parades in the U. S. This year’s parade is expected to feature over 5,500 participants, 200 units, 25 high school marching bands and, of course, a lot of military vehicles. The parade will be traveling west along Main Street to A Street NW. Other events happening in the city include a Veterans Day Breakfast, displays and exhibits including a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall, a remembrance ceremony and a “curb competition” for organizations that don’t fit the requirements to enter the parade.

64th Annual Veterans Day Memorial Celebration
Evergreen Washelli
11111 Aurora Ave.
North Seattle, WA 98133
(206) 362-5200

Date: Nov. 11, 2013 at 11 a.m.

For 63 years, Evergreen Washelli’s Seattle location has been honoring veterans at the Doughboy statue located in the Veterans Memorial Cemetery. This year, the tradition continues. Veterans and their families are encouraged to attend a special band concert in their honor as well as a service of remembrance for those no longer with us. This event is scheduled to go on, rain or shine.

Inaugural Seattle National Veterans Day Run
Magnuson Park
7400 Sand Pointe Way N.E.
Seattle, WA 98115
(206) 684-4946

Date: Nov. 10, 2013 at 7 a.m.

The National Veterans Day Run began on November 11, 2011 with an 11K race in 11 cities. Each year, the race has grown to more locations and this year, Seattle joins the pack with three races – 11k, 5k and a one-mile family walk. While many current and former veterans are expected to turn out for this event, the average Joe is invited to participate as well. All active personnel and veterans will receive a discount on entry fees and all proceeds from the event will go to the Folds of Honor Foundation.

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Seattle Veterans Museum
2711 Oakes Ave.
Everett, WA 98201
(425) 949-8821

The purpose of the Seattle Veterans Museum is simple – to honor veterans and educate the public. Formerly located in Kenmore, The Seattle Veterans Museum has moved to Everett and is open every Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will be open on Veterans Day for extended hours. Bring your family to experience the stories of the men and women who fought for us and see some pretty cool artifacts too. Head out early from the museum and catch the information booth at the Everett Silvertips hockey game against the Vancouver Giants. The puck drops early at 2:05 p.m., so be in your seat for the great Veterans Day celebrations at Comcast Arena at Everett.

Museum of Flight
9404 E. Marginal Way S.
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 764-5720

Date: Nov. 11, 2013 at 11 a.m.

In honor for their service, all U.S. veterans and current military personnel will be admitted into the Museum of Flight for free. In addition, the museum will recognize veterans during a special ceremony featuring the Boeing Employee’s Concert Band from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. followed by the full ceremony including honored guests and a color guard.

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Jeffrey Totey is a freelance writer living in Seattle. He has a love for the arts and is a student of pop culture. He covers stories about the performing arts, theater, museums, cultural events, movies and more in the greater Seattle area. His work can be found at

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