May 25, 2010
‘Lest we forget’ section honors our veterans
Veterans, we salute you! This issue of The Issaquah Press is the first Memorial Day remembrance of Issaquah men and women veterans “lest we forget.” Please know that your service to our country is appreciated, no matter whether you are currently serving in the armed forces or did your duty decades ago.
We hope this impressive collection of photos remembering our local soldiers will grow and become an annual tradition.
The idea began with two local veterans — Press Editor Kathleen Merrill and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3436 Assistant Quartermaster Dave Waggoner. Together, they approached a few local businesses who willingly agreed to help cover printing costs. The Press publicized the search for local veterans, while Waggoner handed out flyers to his fellow VFW friends and at other locations, including the Issaquah Farmers Market.
The veterans’ photos and details flowed in, submitted either by veterans themselves or family and friends. Reporter and page designer David Hayes, also a veteran, did the design work. Breann Getty scanned nearly 80 photos.
Meanwhile, Merrill searched for information about the 19 vets named on the memorial at Veterans’ Memorial Field, near the senior center. To her surprise, little was known about some of them. With the help of online research and many phone calls, the tribute in The Press has more information than even some surviving family members knew.
“Lest we forget” has been a work of passion by our staff and a wonderful partnership with the local VFW and the community. We have no doubt that readers who spend a few moments with these four news pages will come away with a better appreciation for Memorial Day, far beyond the weekend barbecues.
Act on your inspiration by joining the VFW at the Memorial Day ceremony and 21-gun salute at 10 a.m. May 31 at Hillside Cemetery.