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Memorial Day Events

A day to honor nation’s fallen service members

Northwest Guardian

Published: 01:04PM May 24th, 2018
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Participants will come dressed in blue to honor the fallen during the annual wear blue: run to remember Memorial Day Run at Powderworks Park in DuPont Monday.

Memorial Day Events

Upcoming Memorial Day Events supported by service members from Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Spanaway — Fir Lane Cemetery Memorial Day Observance, Fir Lane Memorial Park, 924 176th St. E., Sunday at 12:30 p.m.

Yelm — Yelm Cemetery Memorial Day Observance, Yelm Cemetery, 11540 Cemetery Road SE, Sunday at 12:45 p.m.

Puyallup — Puyallup Memorial Day Observance at Pioneer Park Pavilion, 330 S. Meridian, Sunday at 1 p.m.

Vaughn — Vaughn’s Aisle of Honor Memorial Day Event, Vaughn Bay Cemetery, 100th Street KP N. and 186th Ave. KP N., Sunday at 1 p.m.

Roy — Roy Memorial Day Ceremony, Roy Cemetery, 288th St. S., Sunday at 2:45 p.m.

Spanaway — Bethany Lutheran Cemetery Memorial Day Celebration, Bethany Lutheran Cemetery, 26418 Mountain Highway, Monday at 10 a.m.

Sumner — Memorial Day Services at Sumner Cemetery, Sumner Cemetery, 12324 Valley Ave. E., Monday at 10 a.m.

Olympia — Thurston County Memorial Day Celebration at Washington State Capitol Rotunda, 416 Sid Snyder Ave. SW, Monday at 10:30 a.m.

DuPont — Community Memorial Day Ceremony at Ross Plaza, 1500 Ross Loop, Monday at 11 a.m.

Tacoma — Memorial Day Observance at War Memorial Park on corner of Sixth Avenue and McArthur, Monday at 11 a.m.

Lakewood — Pierce County Memorial Day Ceremony, Mountain View Cemetery, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Monday at 2 p.m.

Orting — Washington Soldiers Home Memorial Day Program, Washington Soldiers Home, 1391 Orting-Kapowsin Highway, Monday at 2 p.m.

Seattle — Evergreen-Washelli Cemetery 92nd Annual Memorial Day Celebration, Evergreen-Washelli Cemetery, 11220 Aurora Ave. N., Monday at 2 p.m.

Monday is Memorial Day, which honors America’s fallen heroes — the men and women in uniform who died serving the nation. Service members from Joint Base Lewis-McChord are supporting 13 local community events honoring Memorial Day.

In addition to the community events, the annual JBLM Memorial Day Ceremony is scheduled for Monday at 11:30 a.m. at the Camp Lewis Cemetery. A wreath will be laid in remembrance of unknown and missing service members by Col. Nicole Lucas, the JBLM Garrison commander and the ceremony’s guest speaker.

“It’s a privilege for me to speak at Monday’s JBLM Memorial Day observance — an opportunity that I don’t take lightly,” Lucas said. “As a career Soldier, I anticipate Memorial Day because it’s that one day we set aside each year to pause and honor the brave servicemen and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our nation.”

The colors will be posted by the I Corps Honor Guard. There will also be a 21-gun salute, followed by America’s I Corps Band. The band will also play the national anthem, “America the Beautiful,” and the Army and Air Force service songs.

Those who attend are welcome to lay items at graves across the cemetery. The event is open to the public.

JBLM visitors will need to obtain a pass from the Lewis Main Visitor’s Center, located off Exit 120 from Interstate 5.

Just outside of the base in DuPont, the JBLM chapter of wear blue: run to remember will host its annual Memorial Day Run at Powderworks Park Monday at 9 a.m. As one of several chapters to host runs across the United States, the group saw more than 2,000 people participate last year in honoring nearly 7,000 service members who have died since the war on terror began in 2001.

Each year, a large banner is displayed at the park with all of the names of service members who died; 36 new names were added since last year.

“That’s a reminder to the public at large that we continue to still live in a (world) where brave men and women are giving their lives for our freedom,” said Curtis Brake, JBLM chapter co-president.

The Memorial Day Run takes place at the park, but participants should take a shuttle bus from the America’s Credit Union parking lot in DuPont due to the lack of parking at the actual site, Brake said. With DuPont’s population largely composed of service member and veteran families, Brake said the chapter has built a good working relationship with the city.

“We want to bridge that gap in the overall community between military and civilian, and DuPont is the best place to do that,” he said.

About an hour’s drive north of JBLM, the Museum of Flight in Seattle is hosting a special Memorial Day Program Monday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dave Cable, a former Navy aviator, will be the keynote speaker.

In addition to the ceremony, Saturday to Monday, service members and veterans will receive free admission for themselves and their families. It’s a chance for them to see planes from the recently added Vietnam War exhibit.

The Museum of Flight also has the J. Elroy McCaw Personal Courage Wing — two stories containing about 28 restored fighter planes from World War I and II.

“It’s that kind of connection that is sometimes essential not just for us, but for the families,” said Ted Huetter, senior manager of public relations and promotions for the Museum of Flight. “Whether it’s a military family or anyone (who has) had a (fallen) veteran in the family, it’s a way to connect them.”

Dean Siemon: 253-477-0235, @deansiemon