Concrete throws its first Veterans Day parade

Sunny skies greeted participants and spectators Nov. 10 during the first Veterans Day parade to fill Concrete Town Center for more than 60 years.

Organized by Birdsview Brewing Co. owner Kris Voigt to honor her husband, Bill, and all other veterans, the parade was well attended, setting the stage for future similar events, according to Voigt.

“I originally thought about the parade to honor my husband, Bill, a Vietnam Marine veteran, because when he came home, he and other Vietnam vets were treated horribly, spit on, called baby killers, and worse. So I wanted to do something to honor him and all the other vets that weren’t properly thanked when they returned,” said Voigt.

The parade filled Main Street in Concrete with color guards from the Concrete and Sedro-Woolley American Legion posts, fire trucks, an ambulance, motorcycles, school kids, and a marching band from Concrete High School. Bill Voigt led the parade in a vintage Jeep, accompanied by Kris and their grandsons, Julian and Jaydon.

Already, Kris is dreaming of next year’s parade.

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