VFW hosts Memorial Day commemoration in Issaquah

May 22, 2012

By Christina Lords

Issaquah residents will have the opportunity to remember and celebrate local veterans who have given their lives in the line of military service at 10 a.m. May 28 at Issaquah’s Hillside Cemetery in an annual observance of Memorial Day.

The Issaquah High School Junior Naval ROTC will facilitate a 21-gun salute and provide the color guard for the event. It will be the final public performance of the group after more than 40 years of service, event organizer Dave Waggoner said. ROTC will no longer be offered at the school after this school year.

“The Veterans of Foreign Wars post is thankful for all of their support for all of these years,” he said. “They’ve just been wonderful. I’m sure there will be a few tears as we do our annual service to honor all veterans who have given their life in past wars.”

Issaquah School Board President Chad Magendanz will be the guest speaker at the event.

The public is encouraged to attend the 45-minute ceremony. Liberty High School’s Junior Naval ROTC will help provide guidance to appropriate parking for the event.

Chairs will be provided by Flintoft’s Funeral Home & Crematory.

Boy Scout Troop 709 and Cub Scout Pack 639 will help place crosses and flags on the final resting places of veterans buried at the cemetery May 26.

Waggoner said members of the public are also welcome to help place flags, crosses and other symbols at 9 a.m. at the cemetery. The work is expected to be completed by 11 a.m.

Forms will be available at the cemetery May 26, 27 and 28 for families of veterans to request a flag or cross or other symbol on a loved one’s grave. Those who have already filled out a form do not have to do so again.

More than 450 veterans are buried at Hillside Cemetery, between Mountain Park Boulevard and West Sunset Way — just west of and above Newport Way. The cemetery is open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Christina Lords: 392-6434, ext. 239, or newcastle@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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