City gears up for Veterans Day events
Last updated 11/4/2016 at Noon
The city of Mill Creek is gearing up for its biggest Veterans Day ceremony and parade ever, on Friday, Nov. 11
There will be a ceremony at the Veterans Monument and a parade down Main Street.
City Manager Rebecca Polizzotto has invited members of the City staff who are veterans to raise the flag and lay a wreath at the Veterans Monument.
“Many of our employees began their careers in public service by serving their country in the armed services. It is my privilege to take this opportunity to thank them for their military service and their continuing service to our community,” Polizzotto said.
The City’s Veterans Day events are open to the public at no charge.
The day begins at 9 a.m. with a ceremony at the Veterans Monument at Library Park, 15429 Bothell-Everett Hwy.
As of press time, the schedule of events include: welcome remarks from ceremony emcee and Mayor Pam Pruitt; prayer with Mill Creek Police Chaplain Nick Lewis; Color Guard brings American Flag to flag pole, followed by a flag-raising with veterans police Sgt. Conner and Officer Bridgman; National Anthem by the Mill Creek Chorale; laying of wreath by Sgt. Conner; bugler from Glacier Peak High School Band; Mill Creek Chorale singing patriotic songs.
The day’s events the move to Town Center where a parade begins at 11 a.m.
The parade will head south from LA Fitness in Town Center toward City Hall. The parade emcee and participant performance area will be at the four-way stop at Main Street & 153rd Street SE.
According to Mill Creek Recreation and Tourism Manager Brian Davern, this year’s parade will include more than 350 participants, about double last year’s parade.
There will be vintage police and military vehicles; Fire District 7 Bagpipes and Drums; the NJROTC Color Guard; the Glacier Peak Marching Band; Mill Creek Lions float; the Seattle Police Mounted Patrol; and more.
Davern said if you are a veteran and interested in walking in the parade, gather at the north parking lot of LA Fitness at 10:30 a.m. (30 minutes before the parade starts).
“As the daughter of a WWII Marine who instilled in me the value of public service, the City’s Veterans Day activities have deep meaning for me,” Polizzotto said.
“On this day, we, as a community, come together and remember and honor the sacrifices that so many of our fellow citizens have made to defend our country and protect our freedoms.”
Please note: Main Street will be closed from the 14900 block of Main Street through the 15600 block. The closure will begin at 10:45 a.m. until the parade concludes.
There will be no parking on Main Street parade route from 10 a.m. to about noon. Attached is a parking closure map for reference.
If you have any questions, please contact Mill Creek Recreation and Tourism Manager Brian Davern at 425-921-5736 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The City will continue to post event details as they develop at http://www.cityofmillcreek.com.