Portlanders were invited to honor military veterans, the active military, and their families at the 35th Annual Veterans Day Parade in the Hollywood District on November 11, 2009. The parade was sponsored by the Ross Hollywood Chapel and supported by the Hollywood Boosters Business Association.
The parade began at NE 40th Avenue and NE Hancock and traveled east on NE Sandy Boulevard to NE 48th Avenue where a memorial ceremony took place. Speakers at the ceremony included Mayor Sam Adams, Commissioner Nick Fish, Portland Fire and Rescue Chief John Klum, and Portland Police Chief Rosie Sizer.
This year's grand marshal was John Neuman, Programs Director of Veterans of Oregon and Members of the Community. John is a Portland native who served in the Air Force, including three years in Vietnam. In 2000, he successfully got Interstate 205 renamed the Interstate 205 Veterans Memorial Highway.
Parade participants included marching bands from Grant High School, Beaumont Middle School, and Robert Gray Middle School, as well as the Madison High School drum line. The historic horse-mounted Buffalo Soldiers Moses William Chapter of the 9th and 10th Calvary joined several military entries. American Legion Post 1 carried the color guard and several Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops participated with parents and military veterans.
The finale of the event was especially impressive when the Oregon National Guard 142nd Fighter Wing conducted a patriotic fly-over.
November 12, 2009