Rain didn’t stop the crowds of people waving American flags who came out to support veterans in what organizers call “Oregon’s Greatest Veterans Day Parade” in downtown Roseburg, Wednesday, Nov. 11.
Crowds gathered to watch an estimated 120 entrants which varied from veterans on floats and motorbikes to car clubs and the boy and girl scouts. The Roseburg High School Marching Ensemble, the Glendale Pirates and the Marshfield High School Marching Band from Coos Bay played patriotic tunes while cheerleaders danced.
Umpqua Community College had their own float featuring students and staff wearing UCC Strong shirts as well as a car for interim President Rita Cavin. The UCC group got a huge round of applause when they were announced. The UCC RiverHawk mascot got into the spirit, dancing with the Roseburg High cheerleaders and waving to the crowd.
The grand marshal of this year’s parade was the U.S. Army Special Forces and the theme was “Honoring All Army, Navy, Marine and Air Force Special Warriors.” Parents of local hero Alek Skarlatos were guests of honor in the parade. Skarlatos, a Roseburg High graduate, helped foil a potential terrorist attack on a train bound for Paris, France last summer. Both Alek Skarlatos and Chris Mintz, a UCC hero and veteran, were reached out to, but both declined according to the News Review.
This year, the parade had extra law enforcement presence and patrols from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the Roseburg Police Department.