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City of Mill Creek announces Veterans Day activities

The City’s annual Veterans Day celebration on Wednesday, November 11th, will include a pre-recorded commemorative ceremony that will be streamed on social media along with a reverse parade to thank and honor military personnel who have served our country.
2015 Mill Creek Veterans Day Ceremony. Photo credit: Richard Van Winkle.

By Kristen Rasmussen, City of Mill Creek Recreation Coordinator, November 6, 2020.

Mill Creek’s annual Veterans Day celebration on Wednesday, November 11th, will include a pre-recorded commemorative ceremony that will be streamed on social media along with a reverse parade to thank and honor military personnel who have served our country.

The virtual commemorative ceremony will air on the city’s Facebook page at 9:00 am. The pre-recorded ceremony originates at the Mill Creek Veterans Monument, 15429 Bothell-Everett Hwy.

Due to the social distancing mandate from Governor Jay Inslee, no in-person participation will be allowed this year.

Following the online ceremony, a reverse parade will take place on Main Street between 155th Street SE (the Cold Stone Creamery) and 153rd Street SE (the corner of the former University Bookstore).

The Main Street display of military memorabilia will be available for public viewing from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm on Veterans Day, and will feature a variety of military items.

The public is invited to drive by and view the display of military memorabilia while remaining in their vehicles. The military memorabilia will be on site to pay tribute to the service of all U.S. military veterans.

Display items include: a battlefield cross (boots, rifle, helmet, and dog tags) and a wreath.

Additionally, seven military uniforms have been donated by staff and community members for on-site viewing during the event including the following:

  • 1994 Army Class A,
  • WWII Army Class A,
  • WWII USMC Dress Blue,
  • WWII Cartridge Belt,
  • WWI Doughboy Army – 38th Division,
  • Navy Dress Blue, and
  • Marine Corps.

Barbara Heidel, a local community member collaborated with local elementary school students and teachers to create pictures and written notes for veterans.

Ms. Heidel collected 85 pictures and notes that will be on display at the tent during the Reverse Parade. After the event, the students' written notes will be delivered to veterans in local nursing facilities.

Please visit www.facebook.com/MillCreekWA/ to view the pre-recorded Commemorative Ceremony.

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