Albany’s annual patriotic extravaganza
When it comes to honoring veterans, the friendly little city of Albany, Oregon goes above and beyond, creating an annual celebration like you wouldn’t believe. More than 40,000 people pack the streets for the Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 11, making it the biggest celebration west of the Mississippi. The parade isn’t the only event in town, though. Keep reading for details on what to do, where to go, and where to stay when you visit Albany for Veteran’s Day 2015.
Oct. 10-Nov. 15, 2015: Heroes Wall of Honor. Tribute to fallen soldiers, on display all month at Heritage Mall, 1895 14th Ave. SE.
Nov. 10-12: Oregon Veterans Traveling Memorial Wall
Honor the memories of fallen soldiers from Oregon by paying a visit to the Oregon Veterans Traveling Memorial Wall. This exhibit contains the names of every Oregon soldier killed in action from the Vietnam War through the present day. The wall will be on display at First & Lyon St. the week of Veterans Day.
Nov. 7, 2015: Patriotic Concerts
Nov. 10, 2015: Concert and Banquet
Willamette Valley Master Chorus, 3 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 10. Concert of music honoring veterans, from Renaissance through modern eras. Willamette University, Salem.
Veteran of the Year Banquet, 7 p.m., Tuesday Nov. 10. Doors open at 6, program begins at 7 p.m. American Legion Post 51, 480 Main St., Lebanon. Tickets required. 541-918-2390 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parade Day: Nov. 11, 2015
Optimist Club Annual Pancake Breakfast, 6:30-9:30 a.m., West Albany High School, 1130 SW Queen.
Albany Eagles Club Breakfast, 8 a.m.-11 a.m., Albany Eagles Club, 127 Broadalbin St., Albany.
Veterans Day Memorial Service, 8:30 a.m. Service honoring veterans, Timber Linn Memorial Park, including guest speakers and an army band playing Taps.
Mid-morning: Head downtown early to get your spot for the Veterans Day parade! Thousands of visitors line the streets every year for the big parade.
64th Annual Veterans Day Parade, 11 a.m. The event you’ve been waiting for! Oregon’s largest Veterans Day Parade starts on Pacific Boulevard and proceeds down the Lyon/Hwy 20 overpass to historic downtown Albany, going past the Albany Visitors Association office and winding up at the Linn County Courthouse. Stop at the AVA for free coffee and hot chocolate during the parade.
Awards Ceremony, 2:30 p.m. Parade Awards Ceremony immediately after the parade, on the steps of the Linn County Courthouse.
Nov. 14, 2015
Freedom Fest 2015. Free catered dinner and entertainment for all active military personnel, veterans and family, American Legion Post 10, 1215 Pacific Blvd. SE. Dinner 6-8 p.m., Entertainment, 8-11 p.m.
Got questions? For the definitive answer on anything related to Albany’s Veterans Day events, visit www.albanyveteransdayparade.org.
Looking for a place to stay when you come to town for the celebration? Check out Albany hotels and RV parks, many of them located near Timber-Linn Memorial Park, site of the Nov. 11 morning memorial service.
Photos: Veterans Day Parade 2014 by Quincy Casey; “The Wall” by O.J. Anderson