Issaquah’s Veterans Day ceremony honors locals’ service

November 6, 2012

By David Hayes

Due to its growing popularity, the service that the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3436 hosts honoring local services members will be in a new location this year.

David Waggoner, of the Issaquah VFW, figures the Issaquah Valley Senior Center will be large enough to house the 60 to 70 expected attendees. All residents are invited, regardless of whether they’ve served in the military.

“The community attends in big numbers because they appreciate what our veterans do and have done, and not just for their country but for their community, too,” Waggoner added.

If you go

VFW Post 3436 Veterans Day Service

  • 11 a.m. Nov. 12
  • Issaquah Valley Senior Center
  • 75 N.E. Creek Way

There will other changes to the seventh-annual program, as well.

Waggoner said he’s assembling a representative service member from each of the recent eras — including Korean, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and the Cold War — to form a roundtable discussion about what it means to be a veteran. He added that they’ll be free to share any experiences, too.

In addition, a representative from the city will continue a tradition of paying tribute to one of Issaquah’s 19 service members killed in action and honored on the Veterans’ Memorial Field monument. This year it is Carl Albert Larson, the Issaquah VFW’s namesake, who was killed in action during World War I, and lies buried in the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, in Romagne, France.

The Liberty High School Junior ROTC Color Guard will present colors at the ceremony and its honor guard will provide a 21-gun salute outside.

Finally, Waggoner said the VFW will present a token flag to City Councilwoman Eileen Barber as part of the new batch of flags gifted to the city to fly on its 11 flagpoles.

Waggoner said he expects a great turnout, rain or shine.

“We had standing room only last year in the Eagle Room” at Issaquah City Hall, he said.

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