By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News
Team Red, White and Blue will be the Grand Marshal for the 41st annual Ross-Hollywood Veterans Day parade on November 11.
The team was formed in 2010 to enrich the lives of veterans by connecting them with physical and social activity in the community, said Crystal Purdy, athletic director for the Portland chapter.
The parade will begin at 9:45 a.m. at Northeast 40th Avenue and Hancock Street. The procession will travel east on Northeast Sandy Boulevard to 48th Avenue where a memorial flag will be raised.
Limited covered seating will be available at the ceremony, said Scott Thompson, vice chair of the parade board.
Parade participants usually include veterans, school marching bands, the honored First Marine Division Association, historic military vehicles and motorcycle groups. After the parade, veterans and their families may attend a free USO-style show at 12:30 p.m. at the Hollywood Theatre, 4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd. Entertainer Tony Starlight will perform music from the World War II era and later.
Joining him will be the Oregon National Guard Band and the 234th Army Band. The Hollywood Neighborhood Association will provide lunch for the first 150 veterans and their families at the theater.
Vernon E. Ross, a World War II veteran, first organized the parade in 1974 to honor all veterans. He was the owner of the Ross Hollywood funeral chapel at the time. He collapsed just before the parade began on November 11, 1983, and died later that day.