Organizers for Veterans Day parade in Ogden expect large turnout, still accepting entries

Oct 31 2013 - 1:07am


The Veterans Parade on Washington Boulevard in Ogden on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. (KERA WILLIAMS/ Standard-Examiner)
The Veterans Parade on Washington Boulevard in Ogden on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. (KERA WILLIAMS/ Standard-Examiner)

OGDEN -- With a little more than a week until showtime, officials from Utah's largest Veterans Day parade are still looking for entries.

This year's annual Veterans Day parade in Ogden will be held on Saturday, Nov. 9. Organizers from the event say entries this year have been coming in slowly compared with recent years.

Last year's parade had more than 60 group entries and more than 3,000 people participating in it. The parade is now recognized as the largest held in Utah all year.

"We're confident we'll put on a great parade and have a lot of entries, but we'd like to get more," said Robert Porter, parade chairman.

Porter said no unit, group or individual will be charged a fee to participate in the parade, because the entire cost has already been covered through private donations and Weber County RAMP grant funds.

The Ogden Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1481 revived the parade in 2006, after members realized that Ogden hadn't seen a Veterans Day parade for about 50 years.

Veterans Day was called Armistice Day following the signing, on Nov. 11, 1918, of the official end of combat in World War I.

After subsequent wars, it was renamed Veterans Day to honor the veterans of all of America's wars. Ogden saw Armistice Day/Veterans Day parades regularly until the mid-1950s.

"It's important that we continue to do the parade and honor all of our veterans, dead or living," Porter said. "(The parade) is a way to honor veterans, but it's also a way to do something nice for the community of Ogden."

The parade will begin at 11:11 a.m., but staging for the event will start around

10 a.m., Porter said.

The parade will begin between 30th and 31st streets on Washington Boulevard, then move north to 25th Street and finally west down 25th Street, where two Ogden Fire Department ladder trucks will display a large American flag.

Just two days after the parade, on the actual

Nov. 11 Veterans Day, another event with a veterans theme will be held at The Junction, when this year's U.S. Capitol Christmas tree will make a stop in Ogden.

The 88-foot-tall Engelmann spruce will come from Pend Oreille County in Washington state. The tree will be cut and packaged on Friday, then begin a trek across the country before decorating the White House.

On Nov. 25, it will be placed and decorated, and the lights will be turned on by House Speaker John Boehner.

Ogden area veteran Dennis Howland said a program is planned for the tree's arrival in Ogden.

For information on how to enter the parade, call Porter at 801-393-3461 or Richard Armstrong at 801-695-1205.

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