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Plan your Memorial Day observances with this look at the weekend’s events

Post by Adam Ashton / The News Tribune on May 23, 2013 at 3:24 pm with No Comments »
May 25, 2013 6:08 pm

A busy weekend of Memorial Day events is just around the corner in Pierce and Thurston counties. Here’s a look at the weekend’s ceremonies culled from community groups, Joint Base Lewis-McChord and the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs.


  • Key Peninsula Veterans Aisle of Honor, 1 p.m., VaughnBayCemetery, the cemetery is located at the corner of 100th Street Kp N and 186th Avenue Kp N, Vaughn. 253-884 9852. Signs will be posted from State Route 302. The formal ceremony begins about 1 p.m., but flags will be on display from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Yelm Cemetery Memorial Day Service, 1 p.m., 11540 Cemetery Road SE, Yelm, 360-458-5377.
  • Enumclaw Memorial Day Service, 2 p.m., Veterans Memorial Park, Enumclaw.
  • Tacoma Veterans for Peace Chapter 134 plans to place symbolic grave markers at Cummings Park on Sunday and Monday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., 3939 Ruston Way, Tacoma.


  • Wear Blue: Run to Remember, 9 a.m., PowderWorks Park, DuPont. Members of the local group are running different distances to honor fallen service members.
  • SumnerCemetery Memorial Day Service, 10 a.m., 12324 Valley Ave. East Puyallup, 253.299.5510.
  • St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery Memorial Day Observance, 10:30 a.m., S. 204thSt. and Orilla Road, Kent, 253.838.2240.
  • Gethsemane Catholic Cemetery Memorial Day Observance, 10:30 a.m., 37600 Pacific Highway South, Federal Way. Vietnamese Mass to follow at 1 p.m., 253.838.2240.
  • Memorial Day Program, 10:30 a.m.. Bethany Cemetery, 26418 Mountain Highway, Spanaway. 253-531-6701.
  • Thurston County Veterans Coalition Annual Memorial Day Ceremony, music, 10:30 a.m.; ceremony, 11 a.m., State Capitol Rotunda, Olympia.
  • DuPont Memorial Day Service with remarks from Joint Base Lewis-McChord senior Army officer Lt. Gen. Robert Brown, 11 a.m., Ross Plaza, DuPont, 253.964.1455.
  • Tacoma Historical Society and American Legion Memorial Day Service, 11 a.m. War Memorial Park, West End Tacoma off North Jackson Avenue.
  • Calvary Cemetery Memorial Day Service with the Rev. John Wilke, 11 a.m., 5212 70th St. W, Tacoma, 253.472.8875.
  • Joint Base Lewis-McChord Memorial Day Service with remarks from 7th Infantry Division commander Maj. Gen. Stephen Lanza, 11:30 a.m., base cemetery.
  • Olympia Thunder Run to Washington State Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Olympia. 9 a.m., meet at Northwest Harley Davidson and Eagle Leather, Lacey. Email for information.
  • Tahoma National Cemetery Ceremony, with guest speakers, 1 p.m., 18600 SE 240th St., Kent, 425-413-9614
  • Pierce County Veterans Advisory Council and Mountain View Memorial Day Ceremony, 2 p.m., 4100 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood, 253-584-0252.
  • Milton VFW Memorial Day Service, 1 p.m., veterans memorial at Milton CommunityPark, 15th Avenue and Milton Way.
  • Puyallup Memorial Day Program, 1 p.m. Pioneer Park Pavilion, 330 S. Meridian, Puyallup, 360-893-8022.
  • Tumwater American Legion, Post 166, Memorial Day Commemoration, Mills and Mills Memorial Park, 2 p.m., 5725 Littlerock Road SW, Tumwater, 360.357.7743.
  • Washington Soldiers Home Ceremony, with guest speakers Lt. Col. Brandon Bowline, Battalion, Commander and Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas Wrighton, 56th Multifunctional Medical Battalion Joint Base Lewis-McChord, 2 p.m., Chilson Hall, 1301 Orting-Kapowsin Highway, Orting. 360-893-4511
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