Wednesday, Nov. 15 — On Nov. 11, Florence recognized those who served in the U.S. military with multiple events in celebration of Veterans Day. Members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3232 and the “Band of Brothers” group started the day by holding a sunrise ceremony at the Pacific Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery.
Later in the morning, Florence Elks Lodge 1858 and the Ladies of the Elks held an early morning craft and bazaar fundraiser to support the programs they organize and contribute towards throughout the year. T
he high point of the day was the annual Florence Veterans Day Parade, which started at the Florence Events Center and made its way down Quince Street and through Historic Old Town.
Multi-generational crowds lined Bay Street and stayed despite the rain. Patriotic organizations are welcome to join the parade each year, such as the Siuslaw High School Band, VFW, Daughters of the American Revolution, American Legion Post 59, Boy and Girl Scouts and others who marched, drove, rode and played — all to thank area veterans and those who served.