How to commemorate Veterans Day around the Sound

Veterans Day is Sunday, and there's a lot going on if you'd like to honor US military men and women

November 8, 2018
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Veteran's Day on November 11 began as Armistice Day -- the day we celebrated the end of World War I back in 1918, which makes it 100 years old this year. So besides the typical Veterans Day events around the Sound, there are some things happening to commemorate this century-old tradition.; Here's a great list from Seattle's Stranger, but I'll just mention a couple of my go-to's.

  • I like the Veteran's Day parade in Auburn. It has a bit of a small-town feel to it, they've been doing it since 1965, and it's got everything you want in a Veteran's Day parade -- several generations of people who've served, military vehicles, military bands, and music that'll give you goosebumps

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  • Seattle's Museum of Flight is pulling out all the stops with their Veteran's Day celebration. As their website says:

The Museum of Flight recognizes Veterans Day with a short musical performance and ceremony. At precisely 11:00 AM, a bell will be rung twenty-one times to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day and the end of the First World War. This will be followed immediately with a patriotic musical performance by the Boeing Employees Concert Band. At noon, the official ceremony begins, and will feature a color guard, and a speaking party of local city and Museum officials, as well as keynote speaker Lt. Col. Ron Limes.

  • And we'll definitely see you at VetsAid, the big benefit concert for Vets organizations on Sunday at the Tacoma Dome. Joe Walsh (the creator of the event) and Don Henley of the Eagles, James Taylor, Ringo Starr, Chris Stapleton and Haim will all do sets. It's a big event, and Monday's a holiday for a lot of people. (Hey, even if it's not, what boss is going to slam you for sleeping in late the morning after a benefit concert for our vets?)

Here's The Stranger's "16 Ways to Celebrate Veteran's Day 2018."

And if you're a vet, thanks.