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It’s Memorial Day Parade time in Coupeville

A Marine Corps color guard participates in the remembrance ceremony that took place last year. The 2009 Memorial Day parade and remembrance ceremony takes place Saturday, May 23, in Coupeville. The parade begins at 11 a.m. - Nathan Whalen/Whidbey News-Times
A Marine Corps color guard participates in the remembrance ceremony that took place last year. The 2009 Memorial Day parade and remembrance ceremony takes place Saturday, May 23, in Coupeville. The parade begins at 11 a.m.
— image credit: Nathan Whalen/Whidbey News-Times

An extended Memorial Day weekend provides many with a mini-vacation. But instead of immediately heading out on a camping trip, why not stay close to home Saturday and show your patriotism by going to Coupeville to remember those who gave their lives defending the United States.

Coupeville is holding its annual Memorial Day Parade May 23 at 11 a.m. The parade, which organizers say is one of the oldest such events on the West Coast, stretches down Main Street, then on to Front Street before ending up at Town Park.

Linda Eccles, executive director of the Central Whidbey Chamber of Commerce, said there are more than 70 entries signed up for this year’s parade. Participants include Pearl Harbor survivors, the Northwest Junior Pipe Band and a host of community groups.

“It’s an awesome, good-old-fashioned, Memorial Day Parade,” Eccles said.

Coupeville is one of only two towns in Washington to hold a parade Memorial Day weekend.

A Remembrance Ceremony will take place at Town Park following the parade.

Mayor Nancy Conard; Capt. Gerral David, commanding officer at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island; and Lt. Andrew Brown of VP 1 will all speak during the ceremony. Coupeville resident Barry Rix will sing the Star Spangled Banner and a helicopter from U.S. Navy Search and Rescue will fly over.

The event will finish up with the old fashioned town picnic that will continue until the food runs out. The picnic is sponsored by the Central Whidbey Lions and Ken Hofkamp of Prairie Center.

The parade is sponsored by the Coupeville Festival Association, the Coupeville Historic Waterfront Association, the Central Whidbey Chamber of Commerce and Whidbey Island Naval Air Station.

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