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10 NOVEMBER, 2001

Auburn Veterans Day Parade
Special Forces Association
Chapter XVI
Republic of Vietnam Navy and
Merchant Marine Association

The weather was nearly perfect, for Western Washington, as a military band stepped forward with its marching music. With this introduction the annual Auburn Veterans Day Parade began. It is the seventh largest Veterans parade in the nation.

Captain Ron Rismon ordered our unit into formation and patiently waited until it was time for us to march. Captain Rismon was followed by the color guard and veterans of Korea and Vietnam. A lowboy truck carried veterans who are no longer able to march long distances and guests who are not veterans. Lo Van Sinh was absent due to illness.

The color guard consisted of two riflemen carrying M-1 Garands, Del Richards and Sol Saffery. The U.S. flag was carried by Mike Cassidy, Anh N. Mai carried the Vietnamese flag and Mike Wardle carried the Canadian flag. Alfred Hill carried the Special Forces flag and Bill Gates carried the First Special Services flag.

After the color guard came a mixture of Veterans from Korea and Vietnam. The Republic of Vietnam Special Forces Veterans were represented by Kiet Van Nguyen, Thuy Van Nguyen, Hoang T. Truong, Su Vu, Toan V. Leo, Hom C. Dieu, Hoa V. Lo, Sam V. Lo, Choi V. Ly, Lun V. Lo and Hoan C. Pham.

The regular members of Chapter XVI were Bill Smith, Joe Malienowski, Arron Howard, Tom Regan and Al Park.

Sheila Richardson represented the Marines. Chief photographer was Thuy Van Nguyen (wife of Kiet Van Nguyen).

When our Special Forces unit marched past many Veterans saluted our unit and its colors. Civilian spectators stood up and shouted encouragement and showed their appreciation, through applause, for the efforts of our members in defending the U.S., Korea and Vietnam.

We drew ourselves up as we approached the podium. Captain Rismon gave an eyes right as we passed the reviewing stand with its guests of honor. The march was followed by refreshments at the Special Forces Club House in Covington. Captain Rismon and the Special Forces Chapter are to be complemented for their hospitality following the parade.

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