November 11, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.
Location: NW Harmon – Newport Avenue – South on Wall Street – Riverside Drive to Galveston
2014 PARADE THEME:
Duty, Honor, Sacrifice
Celebrating our World War II Veterans
* FREE to enter into the parade!!
Get your application -> CLICK HERE
All parade entrants must attend the Planning Meetings
Meeting location: VFW Post 1503 NE 4th St. Bend
October 6 | 6:00 p.m. – Registration & Sign Waivers
October 27 | 6:00 p.m. – Submit information for media scripts
November 3 | 6:00 p.m. – Receive your position number in parade lineup
Parade Grand Marshal:
Lorin Myring, U. S. Marine, WWII Veteran
Lorin Myring was a corporal in the Marine Corps Fifth Division. He was in the first wave that stormed the South Pacific island in World War II. “It was a massacre the first day,” Myring said. He was 19 when the Battle of Iwo Jima began. Myring was trained in communications, He worked alongside his friend, Navajo Code Talker, Willie Notah who was killed at Iwo Jima. The Navajo language served as the basis for a code that the Japanese were unable to crack. “All the ships saw it in the bay,” Myring says of the raising of the American flag on Iwo Jima. He spent time in Nagasaki after the atomic bombing.
Lorin Myring, 89 yrs. old, is a Marine and a dedicated public servant. A kind hearted, humble and generous man who donates his time and resources to worthwhile organizations. He is a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Marine Corps League, Military Order of the Purple Heart, 5th Marine Division, Oregon Police Association and Bend Band of Brothers. He was one of the original members of the Bend Band of Brothers which was started at Jake’s Diner in l988.
Lorin Myring is a loyal friend to all. Semper Fi !
This is the Bend Chamber’s first year helping with the community event. SVP of Programs & Events Robin Rogers says the parade has a special place in her heart. “As a mother of an active duty service member, I understand what our military goes through day in and out,” she said. “I’m excited to have the opportunity to showcase our veterans and active duty officers and celebrate their service to our country.
The Bend Veterans Day Parade is the second largest veterans parade in the state of Oregon. This is the fourteenth year of the parade. If you are interested in taking part in the parade go to bendchamber.org to complete an application.
Contact: Robin Rogers