Memorial Day parade returns to Coupeville

The event will feature food, music and the men and women who have served the country.

Coupeville welcomes community members to join one of the oldest Memorial Day parades in Western Washington, an event that will feature food, music and the men and women who have served the country.

The parade kicks off at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 25, starting from North Main Street & North West 1st Street, continuing along North Main and Front Street, finally reaching Town Park, according to Lynda Eccles, executive director of the Coupeville Chamber of Commerce.

This year, the parade will feature two grand marshals who served during the Vietnam War: County Commissioner Melanie Bacon, a former member of the Army Security Agency, and Robert Gabelein, a former Marine. Gabelein will also represent another Vietnam veteran, Edward Donery, who is unable to attend.

Since 2012, the country has been commemorating the 50 years since the Vietnam War, a commemoration period that is set to end on Nov. 11, 2025, according to the U.S. Army Website.

The parade includes the Disabled American veterans, the Color Guard, the Coupeville Lions Club, the Island County Historical Society and more, according to Eccles.

At the park, Mayor Molly Hughes and Capt. Eric Hanks, commanding officer of NAS Whidbey, will give speeches. The Whidbey Island All Star Band will perform a musical salute.

Attendees can also enjoy free hot dogs and ice cream, offered by the Central Whidbey Lions Club and the Prairie Center Market, Eccles said.