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Putting Veterans First in Mill Creek

Sunday, 14 October 2018 14:49
Lots to see on Main Street at Veterans Day parade Lots to see on Main Street at Veterans Day parade

By Joni Kirk

When driving into Mill Creek, one picks up the charming small-town feel.

Just minutes off of I-5 in Snohomish County, it has a delightful Town Center that boasts unique shops, many local eateries and intriguing art. And its tree-lined streets provide a natural screen for some of the city’s best-kept secrets.

Mill Creek Vets Mem PicmonkeyA moment for refection at the Veterans MonumentOne such secret is the gorgeous Veterans Monument at Library Park. Six basalt columns are engraved with hundreds of names of men and women who served in the U.S. Armed Forces. The columns stand at attention next to a flagpole centerpiece, surrounded by native plantings in red, white, and blue colors. It's located at Library Park, 15429 Bothell-Everett Hwy. 

The Veterans Monument provides just a glimpse of how Mill Creek honors veterans. In the last several years, the City has put great effort into Veterans Day and Memorial Day events to thank members of the U.S. Armed Forces for their service and recognize those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.  

Veterans Day events will take place on Saturday, Nov. 10, this year. Since 2018 is the 100th anniversary since the end of World War 1, the theme in Mill Creek is “100 Years of Honor.”

The day kicks off at 9 a.m. with a solemn event at Veterans Monument. The event includes an address to the public by the mayor, presenting of the colors and flag raising by Mill Creek Police Officer veterans, laying of a wreath on the monument, and a bugler from Bugles Across America playing Taps. A “Soldier’s Cross,” featuring soldier’s boots, a rifle, and helmet, will be displayed at the ceremony. 

Following the ceremony, meander over one block to Mill Creek Town Center. Enjoy a specialty coffee or tea from The Spotted Cow, an in-house coffee roaster offering a selection of beverages and treats. Grab an evolved donut, such as a salted chocolate toffee or a pumpkin whip imperial, from Frost. Then, as you enjoy your tasty treats, meander down Main Street, to see military memorabilia displays from the Northwest Veterans Museum and aviation museums at Snohomish County’s Paine Field. On display at local shops are vintage military uniforms from different conflicts.

Mill Creek Vets Day SpottedCow PicmonkeyThe Spotted Cow is Mill Creek's spot for tea or coffee

Grab a seat along Main Street for the Veterans Day parade, which starts at 11 a.m. The biggest such parade north of Seattle, the show is expected to last one hour. The parade is a jubilant, patriotic event with military and high school bands, color guards, vintage military vehicles, horses, community groups, veterans and tons of family fun. Among the entrants this year are the First Corps Army Band from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, an 1918 Tin Lizzie, an FV433 British Abbot Tank, several honor guards, Seattle Police Department Mounted Patrol, community groups, and much more.

Following the parade, make your way to lunch at one of Mill Creek’s diverse restaurants. Try great American breakfast or lunch fare (much of it locally sourced) at Rusty Pelican Café, such as Lemon Supreme Ricotta Pancakes or the Whidbey Salad. Or find other great restaurants within walking distance. 

A little sleepy from all the food and excitement? Take a stroll along the North Creek Trail (steps away from Main Street throughout Mill Creek) or explore the small City with a fun selfie trail. From start to finish, it’s bound to be a great way to experience Mill Creek!

Last modified on Sunday, 14 October 2018 17:05


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