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Guide to Memorial Day Observances in Puget Sound

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Memorial Day weekend, May 26 – 28, is a time for us to honor and remember those servicemen and women who have died to give us our freedoms in America. You are welcome to participate in these local events and give your respects to our fallen heroes.

The Garden of Remembrance
Monday, May 28
10:00am
Benaroya Hall
200 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101

The brief ceremony will include a presentation of wreaths and the dedication of 13 Washington State service members killed while in service in Iraq and Afghanistan since Memorial Day 2011, as well as one service member for Vietnam and World War II. The Seattle Fire Department’s Walter Kilgore Honor Guard will present the colors and members of the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra will perform.

Official Veterans Day Memorial Weekend
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
May 26, 27 and 28
Mountain View Funeral Home
4100 Steilacoom Blvd SW
Lakewood, WA 98499
http://www.mountainviewtacoma.com

Three days of observations and celebrations at Mountain View Memorial Park. Saturday’s activities include a bagpiper and dove release, followed by a concert by jazz saxophonist Darren Motamedy, tribute to Veterans’ service and ice cream social. Sunday includes family time to honor the Veterans and families, a Queen City Jazz Band Concert, Fireworks, Food and Refreshments. Monday includes a Flyover by aircraft from McChord Air Force Base, special speakers and tributes. All events are free to the public. Visit the website for more information.

86th Annual Memorial Day Service
Monday, May 28
1:30pm – 3:00pm
Evergreen-Washelli Cemetery
11111 Aurora Ave. North
Seattle, WA 98133
http://www.washelli.com

A concert begins the service at 1:30pm and the ceremony will commence at 2:00pm. Please come and honor America’s fallen and salute the flags on our “Avenue of Colors”. Following the Memorial Day Commemorative Service, you are invited to attend a guided tour of the Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

Olympia Thunder Run
Monday, May 28
9:30am
NW Harley Davidson
800 Freedom Lane Northwest
Lacey, WA 98516
360.725.2180
http://www.dva.wa.gov

The Run will start towards the Washington State Vietnam Veteran Memorial wall at the Capital Campus in Olympia at 11:00am from NW Harley Davidson in Lacey and Eagle Leather in Lakewood, WA. Come join in remembering and honoring the fallen. $10/person $15/couple donation. All donations will benefit Fisher House at JBLM.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial 25th Anniversary and Dedication of Flag Poles
Monday, May 28
12:00pm
Washington State Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Sid Snyder Avenue Southwest, Capitol Campus
Olympia, WA 98501

The beautiful and symbolic Vietnam Veterans Memorial was unveiled in a patriotic ceremony on Memorial Day, May 25, 1987. On the 25th anniversary of its dedication, the American Flag, Washington State and POW/MIA flags for the first time at the start of the Memorial Day Ceremony.

Memorial Day Program at The Museum of Flight
Monday, May 28
12:00pm – 2:00pm
9404 East Marginal Way S
Seattle, WA 98108
206.764.5720
http://www.museumofflight.org

The Museum of Flight honors military service with patriotic music and ceremonies on Memorial Day, May 28. Veterans and active U.S. Military personnel receive free admission to the Museum with identification. The Boeing Employees Concert Band will set the stage by performing patriotic music, beginning at 12:00pm. At 1:00pm, the Museum President and CEO Doug King will preside over a ceremony with City of Tukwila Mayor Jim Haggerton. The ceremony’s keynote speaker is author and Medal of Honor recipient retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Patrick Brady.

6th Annual Arlington Northwest Memorial Display
Saturday, Sunday and Monday
May 26, 27 and 28
Marine Park
3931 Ruston Way
Tacoma, WA 98407
http://www.arlingtonnw.org

The collection of symbolic grave markers will be hosted by Veterans for Peace Chapter 134 of Tacoma. The memorial this year will also include recognition of civilian deaths in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Admission is free to the public from dawn to dusk. This is a non-political display intended to inspire consideration on who pays and who profits from wars.

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