Veterans Day Ceremony & Parade

Veterans Day Ceremony & Parade, Nov. 10, 2023
Posted on 10/26/2023
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Veterans Day Ceremony and Parade Sponsored by Amazon

MILL CREEK, Wash. – The City's annual Veterans Day Ceremony and Parade, sponsored this year by Amazon, happens Friday, November 10, and will include many special events honoring all who serve in our United States Military. 

The day begins with a Commemorative Ceremony at the Veterans Monument at Library Park (15429 Bothell-Everett Hwy) at 9:00 a.m. This ceremony and presentation include remarks from Mayor Pro Tem Stephanie Vignal, Representative April Berg, and Chaplain Nick Lewis and the raising of the colors accompanied by Bugler George Moffat. 

The parade begins at 11:00 a.m., winding through Mill Creek Town Center from L.A. Fitness (15024 Main Street) south to City Hall (15728 Main Street), and will last about one hour. The parade will feature Veterans and their families, four Grand Marshals, all WWII Veterans, military and high school bands, including America's First Corps Bigfoot Brass Band, the Glacier Peak High School Grizzly Band, and the Snohomish High School Panther Band, and color guards, vintage and military vehicles, and community organizations. Emcees Stitch Mitchel of KXA/KRKO Radio and Chris Jones of State Farm Insurance will announce participants at the start and mid-way through the parade.

New this year is the Heroes' Cafe Sock Drive & Giving Tree, which will provide opportunities for the community to help Veterans this holiday season. To donate new socks or choose a needed item from the Giving Tree, visit the Heroes' Café tent near Boston's Restaurant on Main Street during the parade or the lobby at Mill Creek City Hall North (15720 Main Street) throughout November. 

The Heroes' Café is a nonprofit organization focused on Veterans' and supporters' camaraderie, personal safety, positive outreach, healthy interactions, and improving Veterans welfare within our community. Heroes Cafe founder and Executive Director Gary Walderman also plays an important role in parade planning as part of Mill Creek's Veterans Day Committee. 

The Veterans Day Committee includes:

  • Executive Advisor Larry Beach - U.S. Army, 1967-1970; 525 Military Intelligence Group, Vietnam; 111th MI Group, Fayetteville, NC
  • Gary Walderman - USAF Veteran & Executive Director of Heroes Café
  • Kittie Lafazia - Disabled U.S. Army Sergeant Vietnam Era Veteran, American Legion Officer Post 127
  • Sergeant Rod Fleming - Mill Creek Police Department
  • Barb Heidel - Mill Creek Citizens Patrol & Volunteer Coordinator
  • Scott Harder & Jody Hawkins – City of Mill Creek

We expect a large turnout; please plan accordingly regarding traffic and parking:

  • Main Street between 148th Street S.E. and City Hall North will be closed to all parking between 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 
  • 153rd Street S.E. will be blocked to through traffic beginning at 10:30 a.m. and will reopen once the parade passes. 
  • From Mill Creek Blvd, traffic can turn north on Main Street but will be diverted to an access road south of Town Center. 
  • The north LA Fitness parking lot will close at 8:00 a.m. for parade staging; patrons can park in the south lot; however, once the parade begins at 11:00 a.m., access in and out will be temporarily stopped.

To learn more about the ceremony and parade, visit