2016 17th Annual Veterans Day Parade - “Honoring The Military Order of the Purple Heart”
Bend's Annual Veterans Day Parade is one of the largest Veterans Day parades in Oregon, with more than 120 organizations participating and thousands of spectators lining the streets of downtown Bend. The parade kicks off at 11 a.m. with a fly over by Civil Air Patrol High Desert Squadron.
The parade is brought to you by the Bend Chamber in partnership with Robberson Ford, Subaru of Bend, Murray & Holt and Smolich Motors.
THE PARADE ROUTE
Begins at Veterans Memorial Bridge and proceeds east on NW Newport Avenue, south on NW Wall Street, west on NW Franklin Avenue along NW Riverside Boulevard, turns onto NW Galveston Avenue and ends at NW Harmon Boulevard.
The Bend Chamber is proud to recognize the Military Order of the Purple Heart as the grand marshal including Darrel Coleman, Commander Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) Chapter 55, he served in Vietnam.; Robert Maxwell recipient of two Purple Hearts and WII Medal of Honor; Dick Tobiason, Vietnam; Mark Wirges, Vietnam; Joe Gallagher, Vietnam.
Bend Parade of Flags will provide 250 American flags on display in downtown Bend and on Veterans Memorial Bridge installed by American Legion Post 4 and Bend Band of Brothers.
Steve Esselstyn, former special events liaison of the Bend Police Department, supports our veterans! He has donated a check to cover the cost of parade permits for 10 years! Steve is also a member of the Band of Brothers. We offer thanks and wish to acknowledge his generosity and loving service to our community.
One of the largest Veterans Day parades in Oregon
Number of spectators = 10,000+
Number of parade participants = 2,400+
Number of volunteers = 100+