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November 15, 2017 | View PDF

Christopher Andersson

Members of the Arlington American Legion Post 76 lead the annual Veterans Day parade down Olympic Avenue on Nov. 11.

Veterans and community members marched down Olympic Avenue in Arlington as part of the annual Veterans Day parade on Nov. 11.

Arlington's American Legion Post 76 organizes the event each year to recognize the military members who gave years of service to the United States.

Veterans Day is meant to recognize those who have returned from war or military service, and is held on the anniversary of the end of hostilities for World War I.

While other holidays like Memorial Day focus more on those who gave their lives for their country, Veterans Day is about those service members who are still with us.

"Veterans Day is really to honor veterans," said local parent Nic Pretlow.

"It's a celebration of the people who have served our country," said local parent Christine Morlock.

Many community members come down to Olympic Avenue every year for the parade and to show their support for the veterans.

"We come every year," said local parent Jennifer Pretlow.

Many groups from Arlington and community members attend the event to recognize the day and honor the Arlington citizens who have served in the U.S. military.

"I like the hometown feel of the parade. It has the band and the veterans," said Jennifer Pretlow.

The parade also serves as a good event for locals to gather and meet up again in the downtown area near Legion Park.

"It's something for Arlington to get together and just visit downtown," said Nic Pretlow.

"We don't always come downtown, and it's a good gathering area down here," he said.

Christopher Andersson

Veterans ride in the back of a truck as part of the annual Veterans Day parade on Nov. 11

In addition, a number of community groups march in the parade. This year's parade included members of the local American Legion Post, the Arlington High School band, members of the Arlington Fire Department, the Arlington High School Air Force JROTC, and Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts groups.

Local U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen also marched with a group carrying banners of fallen service members who were killed in action and who were from Washington state.

Local parents said they come down for the parade for the veterans and to see their kids march down Olympic Avenue.

"We come to the parade for a couple of reasons, first to honor the veterans and to see our kids in the band," said Jennifer Pretlow.

"Our boys are in Cub Scouts and my husband is a veteran," said Morlock.

The local American Legion Post also invited the public and veterans into their post after the parade and in the afternoon provided free meals to those who have served.


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