FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 2, 2023
(Douglas County, Ore.) The Douglas County Board of Commissioners would like to remind citizens that government offices in the Douglas County Courthouse, 1036 SE Douglas Avenue in Roseburg, as well as the Douglas County Justice Building, Douglas County Courthouse Annex, Fairgrounds and All External Douglas County Government Offices will be closed to the public on Friday, November 10, 2023, in observance of the Veterans Day Holiday. As always, even when Douglas County government offices are closed, many officials and public employees are still working.
Veterans Day, also referred to as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, is also celebrated in other parts of the world and marks the anniversary of the end of World War I. The war officially ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. United States President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed Armistice Day on November 11, 1919. In proclaiming the holiday, he said, “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.” The United States observed Armistice Day on November 11, until it evolved into the current Veterans Day holiday in 1954.
The 68th Annual Douglas County Veterans Day Parade is scheduled to take place in downtown Roseburg on Saturday, November 11, 2023, starting at 11:00 am. The Douglas County Veterans Day Parade has a long-standing tradition for supporting and honoring our veterans and has been held in Roseburg every year since 1955. The Douglas County Veterans Day also has a well-earned title as “Oregon’s Greatest Veterans Day Parade,” and will once again be recognized as one of only 66 Veterans Day sites selected as the top 2023 Veterans Day observances held across the United States, by the National Veterans Day Committee. This year the Grand Marshals for the Douglas County Veterans Day parade will be National Guardsmen, as well as Gold Star Families. The Douglas County Veterans Day Parade will follow the traditional route through downtown Roseburg starting on the corner of NE Jackson Street and NE Diamond Lake Blvd traveling up Jackson St, turning left onto SE Lane Street, then left onto SE Main Street and concluding in front of the Douglas County Courthouse on SE Douglas Avenue. We encourage citizens to make sure they fill ALL spaces along the entire parade route (both sides of the street and sidewalks) to make sure that our participating veterans receive ample accolades for their devotion to duty while servicing our county. For more information about the parade click on the link here: https://douglascountyor.gov/507/Veterans-Day-Parade-Committee
As a reminder, the Commissioners issued a proclamation this year dedicating November as Veterans and Military Families Month and encourage all citizens to take a moment to thank our all of our Veterans for their valued service, bravery and sacrifice. It is also a reminder to rededicate yourself to the preservation of our liberties under the Constitution of the United States. Please join us in honoring our veterans at the 68th Annual Douglas County Veterans Day Parade in downtown Roseburg on Saturday, November 11, 2023.
Media Contact: Tamara Howell, Douglas County Emergency Communications & Community Engagement Specialist, Douglas County Public Affairs Office | Office: (541) 957-4896 | Cell: (541) 670-2804 | Email: email@example.com