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Deceased Boring soldier's memory to lead parade

Annual Hollywood parade is a regional Veterans Day event


A soldier from Boring who died in Afghanistan will be honored in an unusual way on Veterans Day, Nov. 12.

Marine Cpl. Keaton Coffey died May 24 in combat operations during his second deployment to the area.

For the first time in 38 years, a deceased soldier’s family will serve as grand marshal at the annual Ross Hollywood Veterans Day parade in Portland’s Hollywood District.

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: - Marine Cpl. Keaton Coffey“There are many different types of sacrifices made by soldiers and their families,” said Angela McKenzie-Tucker, general manager of the Ross Hollywood Chapel. “In the case of the Coffey family, they have made the ultimate sacrifice and it humbles us that this year the parade will be celebrating the life of their loved one.”

The parade begins at Northeast 40th Avenue and Northeast Hancock Street and travels east on Northeast Sandy Boulevard to Northeast 48th Avenue, where a memorial flag raising ceremony will be held.

A memorial presentation will follow the parade at the Ross Hollywood Chapel, 4733 N.E. Thompson St. Guest speakers will include Cpl. Coffey’s family and local and state officials. Covered seating will be available for seniors and anyone with a disability.

Veterans also are invited to attend a USO-style show following the presentation at the Hollywood Theatre, 4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd. Portland entertainer Tony Starlight will perform music from the World War II years, and a light lunch will be served.

All veterans, active military and their families are honored during the parade, which begins at 9:45 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12.

Last year’s parade attracted more than 1,300 participants. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki has designated Portland as a regional Veterans Day observance.

For more information, visit veteransdaypdx.org or call 503-729-2143.