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Nov-11-2016 19:45printcommentsVideo

Portland 42nd Annual Veteran's Day Parade (SLIDESHOW)

This year, the parade honored the 2 million women veterans who have served in the armed forces.

veterans day parade
Photos by Michael Bachara, Salem-News.com

(PORTLAND, Ore.) - Thousands of traditional parade-goers and veteran supporters came out to watch the Portland's 42nd Annual Veteran's Day Parade Friday morning.

Grand Marshal 93-year old Golda Fabian, of Tigard, has been in the Portland Veterans Day Parade since 1988. 93-year old Hattie Kelley, of Beaverton, and 94-year old Muriel "Dolly" Ruble, of Portland, were the two other Grand Marshals leading the parade. The three women were WWII veterans of the U.S. Marine Corps Women's Reserve.

“We are honored to have these two women lead the parade,” Scott Thompson, chair of the Portland Veterans Day Parade Committee, said in a statement.

“They are a wonderful example of the contributions made throughout our history by women service members-contributions that continue today more than ever.”

The .6 mile parade route began at NE 40th and Tillamook and ended at the Ross Hollywood Flag Pole at Sandy Boulevard and NE 48th Ave.

The weather was a bit chilly, as is expected this time of year, but no one got rained on. There was covered seating for the elderly or disabled in front of Ross Hollywood Chapel at 48th and Sandy Blvd. As parking was very limited, many parade-goers took advantage of public transportation to get to and from the event.

WATCH THE SLIDESHOW:



Portland Veterans Day Parade
By Michael Bachara, Salem-News.com

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