I’m compiling a list of events and observances that will run in the paper later on in the week, but for now I’ll post them here. If you know of an event that you would like to have included on the list, please send me the particulars.
&bull Key Peninsula Veterans will stage their "aisle of honor" flag ceremony at 1 p.m. Sunday at Vaughn Bay Cemetery at Bliss-Cochrane Road at 100th Street KPN.
&bull The Garden of Remembrance at Benaroya Hall in Seattle will hold a ceremony Monday beginning at 9 a.m. The names of Washington state service members killed in Iraq and Afghanistan since last Memorial Day will be added to the Wall of Remembrance, which is inscribed with the names of more than 8,000 from the state who died in military service to the country since 1941.
Benaroya Hall is located at Second Avenue and University Street in downtown Seattle.
&bull Sumner’s observance begins at 10 a.m. Monday at Sumner Cemetery, 12324 Valley Ave. E., followed by lunch at the VFW Sumner Post 3070 hall at 1705 Willow St.
&bull Gig Harbor American Legion Post 236 and Gig Harbor VFW 1854 will join together for observances at 10 a.m. Monday at the Gig Harbor Artondale Cemetery. The cemetery is located near the intersection of 54th Avenue Northwest and Northwest Hunt Street. Organizers note that road construction work at the cemetery will somewhat restrict parking and a short walk may be necessary.
&bull Fort Lewis will hold its observance at 11 a.m. Monday at the post cemetery, with remarks by Brig. Gen. William Troy, the interim commanding general. See here for instructions about getting on post if you don’t have a Department of Defense ID card or sticker on your vehicle.
&bull The City of Puyallup and VFW Post 2224’s observance begins at noon at Pioneer Park Pavilion, 330 S. Meridian Ave. Featured speakers include retired Maj. Gen. James Collins, the former Fort Lewis deputy commander, and Col. Harry Tunnell, commander of the 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division.
&bull Observances at the Capital Campus in Olympia begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Capitol Rotunda with music by the American Legion Band, followed by a ceremony at 11 a.m. At noon, there will be a launch of balloons at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to remember POW/MIAs, followed at 12:30 p.m. by the arrival of the Vietnam Veterans/Legacy Veterans Motorcycle Club Thunder Run. Riders will leave Destination Harley Davidson in Fife at 11 a.m. and Northwest Harley Davidson in Olympia at noon.
&bull Evergreen-Washelli/Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Seattle begins its observance at 1:30 p.m. Monday.
&bull U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Auburn, and Col. Joseph Bradbury of the Western Air Defense Sector will speak at the 2 p.m. Monday dedication of the new Milton Veterans Memorial, located at Triangle Park at Milton Way and 15th Avenue.
Organizers are expecting a big crowd and encourage early arrival. They’ll have three buses on hand to shuttle people from parking at Surprise Lake Middle School.
The memorial is the work of the Veterans of Foreign War post No. 11401, whose members raised more than $175,000 in cash and in-kind contributions for the project.
&bull The Pierce County Veterans Advisory Council and Mountain View Funeral Home, Crematory and Memorial Park are holding their observance at 2 p.m. at the cemetery’s New Veterans Memorial section at 4100 Steilacoom Blvd. S.W. in Lakewood.
&bull A POW/MIA living memorial will be held at 3 p.m. at the Washington Memorial Park, 16445 International Blvd. in SeaTac.
&bull Mike Gregoire will speak at the Washington Soldiers Home in Orting, 1301 Orting/Kapowsin Highway. The program begins at 4 p.m. Monday.
&bull It’s not your typical Memorial Day event but it’s in honor of a World War II veteran recently passed away, Joe Fortier, so we’ll include it: the proprietors at the Engine House Coffee Shop, 3801 McKinley Ave., in Tacoma are giving away free hot dogs and coffee between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
There are more events but I am waiting to confirm details before posting. I know of observances Sunday at 12:30 p.m. at Fir Lane Funeral Home and Memorial Park in Spanaway, but have not heard from organizers for more details.
I am also told that Fort Lewis is detailing soldiers – chaplains, color guard, buglers, etc. – to a ceremony Monday at 10:30 a.m. at Bethany Cemetery at 26418 Mountain Highway E.