Honor veterans in Memorial Day section

April 12, 2011

By Laura Geggel

Dave Waggoner said he is worried that people are forgetting about U.S. veterans.

He recalled a phrase — selective disengagement — that journalist Bob Woodward had used.

“He said people across the United States selectively disengage from war, whether it be Afghanistan or Iraq or Korea or Vietnam or World War II,” said Waggoner, quartermaster with the Issaquah Veterans of Foreign Wars post.

When society selectively disengages from wars, it loses focus on the people who fight them and their experiences.

“The cost of war is people, and the people of Issaquah paid that price for their service,” Waggoner said.

The Issaquah Press is working to reverse that trend. For the second consecutive year, in its Memorial Day issue, The Press will publish profiles of Issaquah men and women who served in the U.S. armed forces.

Issaquah residents who would like to honor a family member or friend in the newspaper who was not in last year’s edition can download a form from the newpaper’s website, or pick up a form at The Issaquah Press’ office in downtown Issaquah.

Email photos to editor@isspress.com or mail them to The Issaquah Press to be scanned by May 18. There is no cost to submit a profile.

Last year, The Press honored 87 Issaquah veterans, including 19 who were killed in wartime — two in World War I, 13 in World War II and four in Vietnam.

The Memorial Day section will remind the public of those who served the U.S. during times of war and peace.

“I think as soon as they see pictures of people who they knew who have served, and especially those who have served and lost their lives, they can no longer selectively disengage,” Waggoner said. “Now, they’re engaged. Now, they know.”

To support the Memorial Day section with a sponsorship, write a check to The Issaquah Press and put “Memorial Day” in the “for” section.

Veterans of Foreign Wars

The Veterans of Foreign Wars invites veterans to join the club.

The VFW meets monthly, and does a panoply of volunteer work, including working with and sponsoring Boy and Cub Scouts, marching in the Salmon Days Festival parade, helping the Junior Navy ROTC and presenting the ceremonies at the Issaquah cemetery and City Hall.

To join the VFW, call Waggoner at 837-9478 or come to a VFW meeting at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of every month at the Issaquah Valley Senior Center, 75 N.E. Creek Way. Prospective members should bring their Department of Defense discharge form, more commonly known as the DD Form 214. The club costs $33 annually to join.

Every Memorial Day, the VFW honors veterans in the Issaquah cemetery.

Family members who would like flags or religious symbols placed on graves can call Waggoner for a form for the VFW’s free service.

Get involved

  • Honor a friend or family member who has served in the U.S. Armed Forces.
  • Download a form or visit The Issaquah Press office at 45 Front St. S. by May 18.
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