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November 17, 2017 at 12:16pm

Awardees honored for outstanding service to veterans

Dozens of American Gold Star Parents proudly display their fallen military children’s photo banners during the 52nd Auburn Veterans Day Parade held Nov. 11 in downtown Auburn. Photo credit: Gary Lott

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Thousands of people lined a mile-long parade route on Main Street in Auburn Nov. 11 to watch the 52nd Annual Veterans Day Parade & Observance.

The day kicked off with a breakfast sponsored by the American Legion followed by a Remembrance Ceremony and Static Display & Exhibit Showcase held along the parade route.

The Auburn Noon Lions Luncheon and an open house at the VFW followed the parade. The day concluded with the state's largest Marching Band and Field Competition awards, which took place at the Auburn High School Stadium.

Four vehicles traveling down the parade route honored this year's Outstanding Service to Veterans Award winners for their contributions to Washington State's veterans and their families during the past year.

The awards, presented during the Auburn Noon Lions Club Veterans Day Luncheon, are co-sponsored each year by the Governor's Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee (VAAC) and the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, and they recognize individuals who devote time and energy to improving the lives of Washington's veterans.

The 2017 Outstanding Service to Veterans are:

  • Dr. Theresa Cheng - Issaquah
  • Armando Mejia - Renton
  • Jermaine Kearse - Former Seattle Seahawk
  • John Moysiuk - Tumwater
  • Consulate General of the Republic of Korea - Seattle
  • Spokane Veterans Treatment Court - Spokane
  • Butterfly Wranglers - Tacoma
  • Heroes on the Water NW - Tacoma
  • Sen. Jan Angel
  • Rep. Kristine Reeves

"I am absolutely humbled to have just been awarded the 2017 Outstanding Service to Veterans Legislator of the Year Award from the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs and the Governor's Veterans Affairs Advisory Board during the Auburn Noon Lions Auburn's 52nd Annual Veterans Day Parade Luncheon," said Legislator of the Year winner, Rep. Kristine Reeves.  "It is my honor to serve those who have served, currently serve, and their families as an advocate in our state's capitol."

For more information about the awardees nominations, contact Lisa Narciso at

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