Veterans Day Parade

FILE — Participants in the Veterans Day Parade in downtown Yakima, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018.


More than just veterans day

On the 11th of each month, the Yakima Herald-Republic will bring you stories from area veterans about their experiences, in the service and back home, as part of our series Valley Vets

Veterans Day events are planned throughout the weekend up and down the Yakima Valley, including the annual parade through downtown Yakima.


Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 379 will lead its annual parade starting at 10:45 a.m. Monday. The route begins at the intersection of Yakima Avenue and Sixth Street and heads west on Yakima Avenue until it hits Sixth Avenue, where it will turn south before ending a half-block east of the VFW hall at 118 S. Fifth Ave.

This year’s grand marshal will be Chuck Austin, a veteran of World War II as well as the Korean and Vietnam wars. Organizers expect about 750 participants and 50 vehicles.

That stretch of Yakima Avenue and Naches Avenue from Yakima Avenue to Walnut Street will be closed during the parade, which is scheduled to end at 12:30 p.m. And there will be no parking on that stretch from 8:45 a.m. until the parade concludes.

Also in Yakima, there will be a Veterans Day celebration and dance from 1:30-3:45 p.m. today at the Harman Center, 101 N. 65th Ave.


A short Veterans Day ceremony is set for 11 a.m. Monday at the Jerry Taylor Veterans Plaza along Ninth Street between Edison and Franklin avenues. Korean War vet Ed Prilucik Sr. will be honored during the event.


Veterans Day starts with a complimentary breakfast for veterans and their families at the Walter Clore Center, 2140A Wine Country Road, from 7 to 10 a.m. Monday.

That’s followed by a parade from 11 a.m. to noon. It begins at Prosser High School, 1203 Prosser Ave., and ends at City Park, 1301 Sommers Ave. There will be a short ceremony at the park following the parade.


American Legion Post 56 will host its annual Veterans Day tribute brunch at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Grandview Community Center, 812 Wallace Way. An awards ceremony will follow the meal.