The Bend Veterans Day parade
November 11, 2019 at 11 a.m. – 11/11 at 11. Central Oregon Veterans Outreach is proud to present the 20th Annual Veterans Day Parade in Downtown Bend. “Saluting our Women Veterans”. 2018 was our first year producing this key community event, made possible by title sponsors, Gary Gruner Chevrolet Buick GMC and Mid Oregon Credit Union, and support from Zolo Media/Central Oregon Daily, stepping up to ensure our Veterans are honored appropriately and respectfully.
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. Parade starts promptly at 11 a.m. with a flyover by the Civil Air Patrol High Desert. Leading the parade will be “Rolling Thunder” made up of Oregon Veterans Motorcycle Association and the Patriot Guard Riders. Then, the Oregon Army National Guard military vehicles, school bands, government agencies, businesses and more will be paying tribute to those who now serve or those who have served our country. ADA parking is designated in the City Hall parking lot on Wall Street and an ADA roped off seating area at corner of Franklin and Wall Street. Parade route begins on NW Newport at Veterans Memorial Bridge, then turns south on Wall Street – west on Franklin – along NW Riverside Drive – turning onto NW Galveston and end at NW Harmon Blvd
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? Open the Bend Veterans Day parade registration and waiver below. Save and print, then fax, scan & email or drop by the COVO office.
Entrants must attend two planning meetings:
October 7th – registration deadline UPDATE: If you couldn’t make this meeting don’t despair – you still have time to enter the parade. Call or email COVO (ASAP though).
November 4th – participant instructions on lineup and rules – Required. This parade moves in a cohesive, orderly and law-abiding fashion – respecting our Veteran’s military culture – and to do that we need all participants to have representation at this meeting to get instructions.
Both meetings are held at the Bend VFW, 1503 NE 4th Street, beginning at 6 p.m. sharp.