Portland's only annual Veterans Day parade will be held in the Hollywood neighborhood on Monday, Nov. 11, beginning at 9:30 a.m.
The 45th annual parade starts at Northeast 40th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard and will travel down Sandy, ending at Sandy and 48th Avenue in front of Ross Hollywood Chapel, which is the site of the Veterans Memorial flagpole. There a flag-raising ceremony will be held, dignitaries will deliver comments, local high school bands will play, and the Oregon Air National Guard 142nd Fighter Wing will conduct a military flyover.
Other parade participants will include veterans, marching bands, the 1st Marine Division Association, historic military vehicles, veterans organizations and veterans motorcycle groups.
There also will be a Dignity Row of tents, tables and resources to support veterans. Many will be staffed by representatives of veterans service organizations.
According to the parade's website, it was founded in 1974 by Vernon E. Ross, proprietor of Ross Hollywood Funeral Chapel, to honor all veterans, past and present, living and deceased. Vernon Ross served as a medic at the Veterans Hospital in Vancouver, Washington, during World War I and as a captain in the Veterans Guard & Patrol in WWII. He also was active in many veterans organizations.
Ross later purchased a small piece of property in front of his business and erected a flagpole with a planter to honor veterans of all wars. Sadly, on Nov. 11, 1983, Ross was standing at the memorial he built when he collapsed of a heart attack right before the parade came into view. He died later that night at Emanuel Hospital.
Because of his dedication to veterans and the circumstances surrounding his death, Ross Hollywood Funeral Chapel has continued hosting the Veterans Day Parade every year.
For more information on the parade, visit veteransdaypdx.org.
What: 45th annual Veterans Day Parade, the only annual parade in Portland honoring veterans
Where: Starting at Northeast 40th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard
When: 9:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11
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