WENATCHEE, WA – The Wenatchee Valley honored veterans Saturday with a short parade and ceremony at Memorial Park to celebrate Veterans Day. The NCWLIFE Cameras were there to capture the sights and sounds of the 15-minute ceremony and parade, which began right at 11 o’clock on the 11th day of the 11th month.
A few hundred people lined Chelan Avenue adjacent to Memorial Park for Saturday’s parade. It began with a motorcycle brigade leading the way and parking on either side of Chelan Avenue next to Memorial Park and the B.P.O.E building.
The local American Legion Color Guard followed a few minutes later and stood at attention while a ceremony began inside Memorial Park near a mounted cannon. Seven veterans, at their company commander’s order, raised and fire three volleys in a 21-gun salute. It was followed by a lone, uniformed bugler, playing “Taps”. The parade then began with the Color Guard turning down Orondo Avenue and turning left on Mission Street.
As veterans from various eras of military service passed the crowd gathered on foot or in vehicles, scattered clapping could be heard as well as several echoes of “Thank You” from the audience. Marching bands from Orchard, Pioneer and Foothills Middle Schools performed. The procession was joined by Cub Scout Pack 32 from East Wenatchee and as well as two other troops.