The Portland Veterans Day Parade Is Back With A New Route
By: Veterans Day Portland Inc.
For the first time since 1974, the parade will travel along NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. instead of NE Sandy Blvd. The parade was established in 1974 by Vernon E. Ross, then-proprietor of Ross Hollywood Funeral Chapel. After the business was sold to a national corporation, Dignity Memorial assumed planning responsibilities. Dignity Memorial paused the parade in 2020 and made the difficult decision to step down from organizing. With the change in organizational leadership came the opportunity to re-envision the parade, resulting in the decision to relocate the route. "After careful consideration, the team decided to implement a new route. Having the parade on MLK provides logistical ease while still being close to public transportation and engages a different part of the community than in years past," explains Hodgers.
The parade will begin at NE Beech St. and NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., traveling north to Alberta, turning left on NE Alberta and concluding at the Natural Grocers parking lot at 5055 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Portland, OR 97211. Staging of parade participants will be on NE Beech St. east of MLK.
Parade participants typically include veterans, marching bands, the honored 1st Marine Division Association, historic military vehicles, veterans organizations, and veterans motorcycle groups. Previous parades featured nearly 2,000 participants. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Because the new planning team is almost exclusively volunteer, sponsorships are critical to the success of the parade. Visit veteransdayPDX.org (https://l.facebook.com/