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November 11, 2011: Portland Veterans Day Parade In Hollywood District

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From Veterans Day Parade website:
Ross Hollywood Veterans Day Parade

November 11, 2011
Assembly Time: 9:00 AM | Parade Time: 9:45 AM

40th and Hancock to 48th and Sandy
NE Portland, Oregon | More info: veteransdaypdx.org

We at Dignity Memorial are proud to announce the Veteran's Day Parade will be held on Friday, November 11, 2011. As usual, the parade route will be from 40th and Hancock to 48th and Sandy, with the flag ceremonies and guest speakers at the Ross Hollywood Chapel's Veterans Memorial Flag Pole.

Portland Veterans Day Parade History

It was 1974 and Vernon E. Ross, Portland, founder of the Ross Hollywood Funeral Chapel in the Hollywood District and U.S. Veteran felt Americans' patriotism had fallen to an all time low. He believed Portlanders should honor America's veterans- living and deceased on Veterans Day. So he created a parade that continues in the Hollywood District today. Ross also built the stone memorial in front of the Chapel at 4733 NE Thompson Street. Tragically, Nov. 11, 1983 while awaiting the parade's arrival, standing at the veterans' memorial he'd built, Ross collapsed from a heart attack. He died later that evening.

The Ross Hollywood Chapel Veterans Day Parade will again honor America's veterans Nov. 11, 2011 in Hollywood. The annual parade begins at 9:45a.m., at NE 40th Ave and NE Hancock Street and travels east on NE Sandy Blvd to NE 48th Ave, where a memorial flag raising ceremony will be held.

Ninety-one year old Army veteran George Timmons, Portland, will serve as this year's Grand Marshall. Timmons was originally sent to the Pacific Ocean Theater of WWII as a member of a military band. However, he soon was asked to trade his trombone for a rifle to become part of the 41st Division's fight with the Japanese on Biak Island off New Guinea's Papua coast.

¬Å“Vernon Ross was a veteran of World War I and created the parade to honor veterans of all wars.¬Â Said Angela McKenzie-Tucker, General Manager at Ross Hollywood. ¬Å“Ross Hollywood is proud to continue his dedication and commitment to all veterans by sponsoring this event each November 11.¬Â

¬Å“This is an opportunity to say ¬Ëœthank you' to those who are serving or have served in our nation's military.¬Â She said. ¬Å“We hope people will show their support, especially when our country is engaged in two conflicts affecting many Oregon families.¬Â
Parade participants will include the Grant High School Marching Band, the historic horse mounted Buffalo Soldiers Moses William Chapter of the 9th and 10th Calvary, military service organizations and Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops. In addition, a group of veterans, including some who are homeless, from the JOIN organization will march.

A memorial presentation at the Ross Hollywood Chapel, 4733 NE Thompson Street, will follow the parade. Covered seating will be available for seniors and those with disabilities.

Veterans are also invited to attend a USO-style show following the presentation at the Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 NE 40th Ave. Hollywood's Tony Starlight, Tony Starlight's Supper Club and Lunge, will showcase music from the World War II years and free refreshments will be served.

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About Ross Hollywood Chapel

Originally found in 1946, Ross Hollywood Chapel has been an important part of the Hollywood district for more than 60 years. It is part of the Dignity Memorial national network of funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers and committed to exceeding expectations and delivering a standard of service that is 100 percent guaranteed. It is located at 4733 NE Thompson Street, Portland.