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Saturday, November 7, 2015
10:00 a.m. Ceremony | 11:00 a.m. Parade
Open to the Public
Fort Vancouver National Site
The Veterans Parade at Fort Vancouver was started 28 years ago by a group of volunteers led by Mike Harding. Though Mike has admitted he dislikes parades, he recognized a need in our community for a way to honor Clark County veterans and knew that a Veterans Parade would fulfill that need.
With assistance and support from then Vancouver Barracks Commander Royce Pollard and City of Vancouver Mayor Bruce Hagensen, Mike and his committee of fellow veterans produced the first Veterans Parade at Fort Vancouver twenty-seven years ago. Jerry Bloss and Fred Robertson took over as co-chairs of the planning committee during for the parade’s fifth year and have led the production of the parade for nearly two decades. Through rain, sun and even snow, dedicated volunteers have been instrumental in ensuring our community recognizes and honors our veterans at the annual Veterans Parade.
The Fort Vancouver National Trust is now honored to host this parade, which is one of the largest Department of Veteran Affairs sanctioned Veterans Parades on the West Coast. Also, special thanks to our sponsors who help make this event avaliable to the community. While the Trust is now responsible for the organization of the parade, dedicated volunteers, such as John McIlvain, our parade chairman, and our valued sponsors continue to be responsible for making the parade a success!
We hope to see you at the parade – rain or shine!