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Posted on: October 5, 2017

City of Mill Creek Honors and Remembers Veterans with Veterans Day Events

The City of Mill Creek’s Veterans Day events are expected to draw thousands of people, and the parade includes more entrants than ever before to honor the sacrifices of veterans.

But just a few years ago, there were only a few commemorative parades in the state. Local resident veteran Fred Fillbrook called Veterans Day “the almost forgotten holiday.” At that time, the only cities in Washington that held a Veteran’s Day parade were Arlington and Auburn.

“To me, it was shameful that those who paid the price were so easily forgotten,” said Fillbrook, who served overseas in the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division “U.S. military personnel have paid for our freedom, including many with the loss of their lives.”

Motivated to honor those who have served, Fillbrook set out to help the Mill Creek community honor veterans. He joined other veterans and community members and organized the first Veterans Day ceremony in Mill Creek in 2008. He also partnered with the City to establish the first-ever Veterans Day Parade in 2015

Since then, the event has grown to thousands in attendance, and more and more parade entrants each year.

“Veterans Day is so important to me because I personally know many people who didn’t come back from war,” Fillbrook said. “They paid the ultimate price.”

In addition to events on Veterans Day, the City held an Operation Gratitude collection drive this fall for deployed soldiers and wounded warriors. The community contributed numerous care items of clothing, cards, food and more. Silver Firs Elementary partnered in the drive and students wrote hundreds of letters to deployed soldiers thanking them for their sacrifices.

To honor the sacrifice of all veterans, the City of Mill Creek is proud to host a Veterans Day Commemorative Ceremony and Parade on Saturday, Nov. 11.

  • Veterans Commemorative Ceremony

9 a.m. at Mill Creek Veterans Monument at Library Park, 15429 Bothell-Everett Hwy in Mill Creek.

This commemorative ceremony will include a presentation and raising of the American flag, as well as patriotic songs by the Mill Creek Chorale. Attendees can donate to the Edmonds Veterans of Foreign Wars post and receive a memorial poppy that supports the Veterans Relief Fund.

  • Veterans Day Parade

11 a.m. at Main Street in Mill Creek Town Center between LA Fitness (15024 Main St.) and City Hall North (15728 Main St.). 

There are more than 50 entrants in the parade including: Glacier Peak High School Band, Henry M. Jackson High School Cheer, Seattle Mounted Patrol, American Legion Riders Snohomish, Fire District 7, 82nd Airborne veterans, vintage World War II vehicles and many more. The parade emcee and participant performance area will be between Starbucks and the former Jamba Juice location (just south of 15603 Main St). Another performance area is the intersection of Main Street and 153rd Street SE. Immediately following the ceremony, parade vehicles will be on display in the City Hall North parking lot.  

Due to Veterans Day events, the City of Mill Creek passport office will have modified hours for Nov. 11. The office will be closed in the morning, but will open for extended hours from 1 to 6 p.m.

For more information about the day’s festivities, visit

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