Military honored in Coupeville parade

A Navy fly-over and a performance by the Northwest Navy Band are two new additions to Coupeville’s Memorial Day celebration on Saturday.

Coupeville is one of two cities west of the Cascades that have a Memorial Day weekend parade. The historic town will hold its parade Saturday, May 26 beginning at 11 a.m., thanks to organizational efforts by the Central Whidbey Chamber of Commerce.

The parade has doubled in size over the past two years. Approximately 80 entries are expected to wend their way down the parade route that stretches the length of North Main Street, then continues down historic Front Street and onto Coveland before ending up at Town Park.

Kerri Bjork, director of the Central Whidbey Chamber of Commerce, said the community is getting more excited in celebrating Memorial Day each year, and more local veterans are interested in participating in the parade and ensuing ceremony at Town Park.

Veterans’ groups, antique cars, the Coupeville High School band, along with representatives from community groups are scheduled to participate in the parade, which is in its 35th year.

Bjork said Coupeville was for a long time the only town in the region to host a Memorial Day parade. That distinction changed last year when Arlington started conducting its own parade.

A ceremony is scheduled to take place at Town Park following the parade. Cmdr. Scott Askins, and Capt. Thomas Tack from the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, both Coupeville residents, are scheduled to speak.

Glenn Lane, a Pearl Harbor survivor, is also scheduled to speak.

More than a veterans remembrance, the day allows a variety of activities for the family.

Following the approximately one-hour-long ceremony is a picnic. The hot dogs and sodas are provided by Coupeville businesses, including Whidbey Island Bank, Red Apple and Coupeville Yarn. In addition to the picnic, an antique car show will also take place at Town Park, so come out and enjoy the day.

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