Last call for parade participation!

The Bend Chamber is seeking entries for the 16th annual Veterans Day Parade. Participants must register with the Bend Chamber by THIS MONDAY, Nov. 2.

“This parade honors the service and sacrifices made by ALL military, veterans and their families,” said Robin Rogers, Bend Chamber senior vice president of programs and events.

Bend’s annual Veterans Day Parade is the second largest Veteran’s Day parade in Oregon with more than 120 organizations participating and thousands of spectators lining the streets of downtown Bend. This year’s theme, “Living Legacies,” commemorates the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII and the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War.

“The parade shows respect for those here and those not here,” said Parade Grand MarshalCol. John Turner, U.S. Air Force, WWII.

Turner and Vietnam Veterans of America, Bend Chapter 820, will both lead the processional of the parade.

The Veterans Day Parade Committee of the Bend Chamber invites veterans, schools, bands and businesses to participate in the parade, scheduled to start at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11.

Participants MUST attend the FINAL planning meeting ON MONDAY. The meeting will start at 6 p.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1643, located at 1503 NE Fourth St. in Bend.  Registration is free.

To be a part of the parade, contact Bonnie Vandiver at the Bend Chamber of Commerce, at 541-382-3221 or visit http://business.bendchamber.org/events/details/2015-16th-annual-veterans-day-parade-948.

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