In 1999 veteran Mike Dolan paid for a parade permit and walked Wall Street alone, simply holding a flag. As others joined in organizing an annual parade, the event has grown larger each year.
In 2015, Bend police officer and Veteran Steve Esselstyn wanted to ensure Bend never again forgot to honor our community’s Veterans. His $2,000 donation paid the parade permit fee through 2025.
The heart of COVO’s mission is to support and advocate for Veterans. We are honored to be working with the community to ensure the Veterans Day Parade continues each year.