American Legion Posts in Arlington and Marysville will hold their annual events for Veterans Day this November, including a parade in Arlington.
The annual downtown parade from American Legion Post 76 in Arlington will be held beginning at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11.
The parade starts at Key Bank, marches down Olympic Avenue and ends at First Street.
“I don’t know exactly how many entries we’re going to have this year, we usually have a lot of entries that come in at the last minute,” said Dennis Gerber, commander of American Legion Post 76.
Gerber said that the VFW and American Legion lead the parade followed by a number of different community groups.
Usually high schools groups like local JROTC and bands participate, he said.
“This is to honor veterans,” said Gerber, who celebrate Veterans Day, which marked the end of World War I.
After the parade there will be an additional ceremony at the old Arlington cemetery on Gifford Avenue, north of Fifth Street.
“We’re going to have a group out at the old cemetery to help re-dedicate the gravestone of a veteran who fought in the Civil War,” said Gerber.
The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. It is being sponsored by the Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society.
The Arlington Legion Hall will also be open to the public for most of the day as well.
The hall is located at 115 N Olympic Ave, Arlington.
“It will be open to all people so you can come in and meet a veteran,” said Gerber.
Marysville’s American Legion Post 178 will be hosting their annual ceremony on Nov. 12 this year.
“We’ll be down there at the Legion Hall and there will be an open house,” said Ken Cage, a member of the Marysville American Legion.
Marysville’s Legion Hall is located at 119 Cedar Ave, Marysville.
As this year’s Veterans Day falls on a Sunday, Marysville’s ceremony is going to be held the day after this year, said Cage.
The open house begins with a short ceremony.
“We’ll have a short program at 11 a.m., which is the traditional time as that is when the war ended,” said Cage.
Veterans Day was established to mark and honor the end of World War I, one of the deadliest and largest conflicts the world had known up to that point.
“It’s a celebration of, what was called at the time, ‘the war to end all wars,’” which turned out not quite to be the case, said Cage.
The public is welcome to stop by and see the legion’s hall and talk to the local community of veterans, said Cage.
“Anybody can come down,” he said.
Light snacks and food will be available at the event, said Cage.