FORT VANCOUVER NATIONAL SITE
10:00 A.M. CEREMONY | 11:00 A.M. PARADE
Join us for the 30th Annual Veterans Parade at Fort Vancouver!
The parade begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 5. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the community celebration honoring Veterans of all service branches. This is a free, community event that is open to the public!
The ceremony preceding the parade, beginning at 10 a.m. on the Marshall House lawn, will feature a keynote speaker, local veterans, and honor the 2016 Grand Marshal of the Lough Legacy Veterans Parade.
Vancouver honors veterans of all branches of service with this annual parade, which begins at the east end of Officers Row at East Reserve Street. The parade attracts more than 120 entries with approximately 2,500 individuals marching or riding in the parade. The public is encouraged to attend and support veterans and troops at one of the largest Department of Veteran Affairs-sanctioned veterans parades on the West Coast.
The Veterans Parade at Fort Vancouver is proud to partner again with Race to Remember. There will be 5K or 11K run that will lead out the parade, and continue over the land bridge and the Columbia River trail. For more information, please visit their website.
We hope to see you at the parade – rain or shine!
Groups and organizations that would like to honor our nation’s veterans are encouraged to participate!
Past participants include numerous veterans service organizations representing all branches of the service, local high school marching bands, several college and high school ROTC groups, Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops from throughout the region, a variety of equestrian units, and military and civilian vehicle collector clubs.
Important links for Parade Participants:
History of the Lough Legacy Veterans Parade at Fort Vancouver
The Veterans Parade at Fort Vancouver was started in 1986 by a group of volunteers led by Mike Harding, who 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, the first Veterans Parade at Fort Vancouver took place in 1986. Jerry Bloss and Fred Robertson took over as co-chairs of the planning committee during the parade’s fifth year, and 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. We extend special thanks to our sponsors who help make this event available to the community. While the Trust is now responsible for the organization of the parade, dedicated volunteers, such as John McIlvain and Julie Burger, and our valued sponsors continue to be responsible for making the parade a success!
Thanks to a substantial gift from the estate of Frank and Joanne Lough, the future of Vancouver’s Celebrate Freedom Veterans Parade at Fort Vancouver is guaranteed in perpetuity. Frank, a 22-year Navy veteran who had a special place in his heart for veterans of all ranks and services, wanted to ensure that youth today and tomorrow have the opportunity to appreciate the sacrifice and heroism of veterans.