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For next year: Attending the parade
If you’re planning on attending the Bend Veterans Day Parade, you’ll want to dress warmly and arrive early. As one of the largest Veterans Day events in the state, this is definitely a “don’t miss” event.
The parade route
Plan ahead for the optimal vantage points. The parade begins at Veterans Memorial Bridge and proceeds east on NW Newport Avenue, south on NW Wall Street, west on NW Franklin Avenue along NW Riverside Boulevard, turns onto NW Galveston Avenue and ends at NW Harmon Boulevard.
This year, the parade is scheduled for 11/11 and starts at 11 am.
Is there a significance to the starting time?
This is a reflection of the history of Armistice Day. This time and date is a commemoration of the signing of the Armistice between the Allied Powers and the Central Powers effectively ending all military operations and hostilities in all theaters and fronts of World War I. The signing took effect at eleven o’clock in the morning—the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918.
Everyone loves a parade, but it’s always good to have some reminders:
- Bring low parade chairs and/or blankets.
- Make a plan with friends, as far as where you’ll meet.
- A thermos of coffee or cocoa, or purchase from downtown merchants.
- Goodie bags for your little ones to hold their collected candy.
- Keep the littles – and your self – out of the street as much as possible. With military vehicles and motorized floats, situational awareness is important for safety.
- A camera, for capturing those special moments.
- Your patriotism.
Are you wanting to be in the parade? Time is running out to get registered. The parade application and waiver can be downloaded here. Save and print, then fax, scan & email or drop by the COVO office.
Entrants must attend two planing meetings, happening at the Bend VFW on October 15th and November 5th. Meetings are at 6pm at the VFW Post 1643, 1503 NE 4th Street, Bend.
Your registration must be returned before or during the October 15th meeting. At the November 5th meeting you will receive your position number for the parade lineup.
In 1999, frustrated that Bend did not have a community event to honor Veterans Day, Veteran Mike Dolan paid for a parade permit and walked Wall Street alone, simply holding a flag. Soon after, Rabbine Harpell and others took on organizing an annual parade and the parade has grown larger each year, becoming a key event for the community and the 2nd largest parade in the State of Oregon. In 2015 Steve Esselstyn, a Bend police officer and Veteran, wanted to ensure Bend never again forgot to honor our community’s Veterans. He donated $2,000 to pay the parade permit fee for 10 years. In his memory, COVO will honor Steve’s wishes and continue the Veterans Day Parade tradition with style.
The heart of COVO’s mission is to support and advocate for Veterans. We are honored to be working with the community to ensure the Veterans Day Parade continues each year.
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