Saturday, November 11, 2017
FORT VANCOUVER NATIONAL SITE & DOWNTOWN VANCOUVER
10:00 A.M. CEREMONY | 11:00 A.M. PARADE
The parade was preceded by the Veterans Day Ceremony at 10 a.m. in the Providence Academy Ballroom, 400 E. Evergreen Blvd, presented with support from the Community Military Appreciation Committee and Columbia Credit Union. The ceremony featured Reviewing Officer, Colonel Pirak, as the keynote speaker. The 2017 Grand Marshals of the parade, Commander Yvette Brown-Wahler and Ryan Corcilius, were honored for their service to our community and our country.
The parade route begins on the Fort Vancouver National Site at Evergreen Blvd and East Reserve Street. The parade heads west along Evergreen Blvd, past Officers Row and the Providence Academy. At the Vancouver Library, the parade will head south down “C” Street and turn west on 8th Street. From 8th, the parade will turn north on Main Street, and head east on 11th Street, ending back at the Providence Academy. Attendees are welcome to watch the parade from the sidewalks, grass, and covered areas along the parade route.
Join the Parade
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, high school marching bands, ROTC groups, Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops from throughout the region, a variety of equestrian units, and military and civilian vehicle collector clubs.
Registration for the 2017 Lough Legacy Veterans Parade has closed. Please join us next year!
Volunteer and be an important part of this community event to honor veterans! Through rain, sun and even snow, dedicated volunteers have been instrumental in ensuring the annual Veterans Parade.
Volunteers are needed to assist with the production of the parade. Tasks include helping parade participants line up, register new groups, assist with preparations for the ceremony, and more!
If you have any questions about being a volunteer, please email email@example.com
This event is made possible from support by generous sponsors!
HISTORY OF THE LOUGH LEGACY VETERANS PARADE
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 and led the production of the parade for nearly two decades. Through rain, sun and even snow, dedicated volunteers have been instrumental in ensuring the annual Veterans Parade.
The Historic 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 – including The Vancouver Clinic and Creekside Mortgage. While the Trust is now responsible for the organization of the parade, dedicated volunteers, such as John McIlvain, 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, want ed to ensure that youth today and tomorrow have the opportunity to appreciate the sacrifice and heroism of veterans.