Huge Veterans Day event set in Bremerton

The largest Veterans Day event in the state will take place Nov. 11 at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds in Bremerton.

The free event is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be 25 information booths with military-related displays, including vintage uniforms and vehicles. The Northwest U.S. Navy Band will perform. As many as 1,800 people have attended in the past.

The actual program is from 10:30-11:45 a.m. with pomp and circumstance of a formal Parade of Colors.

Capt. Richard Massie, commander of Naval Base Kitsap, and Guy Stitt, Navy League ambassador, will welcome everyone. Kitsap County Commissioner Ed Wolfe will introduce military and political dignitaries. Keynote speaker is retired Navy CMDCM Kevin Staub. Over 30 years he served on five submarines, a sub tender and a tour in Japan during earthquake and tsunami recovery.

Bagpiper Michael Oliver, ceremonial bell ringing, rifle salute and Taps also are planned.

The Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council of the Navy League, along with 42 other organizations, are coordinating and funding the event.