VFW plans memorial service

May 21, 2013

By Peter Clark

Once again, residents will celebrate the true meaning of Memorial Day by honoring veterans at Issaquah’s Hillside Cemetery.

At 10 a.m. May 27, the Liberty High School Junior Naval ROTC program will lead a service to remember those who gave their lives in the name of continuing American freedom. It is an annual tradition that attempts to bring attention to those who fought for their country and the dedication of youth service programs.

“It’s been well-attended every year,” event organizer Dave Waggoner said. “It’s completely open to the public and all are welcome.”

The ROTC will lead a color guard, an honor guard and a 21-gun salute in recognition of all veterans. In addition, 5th District Rep. Jay Rodne will be the speaker for the occasion. As a Marine Reserve lieutenant colonel who served a tour in Iraq, he will give remarks about the importance of remembering the service of others and those currently in uniform.

Waggoner said out of respect for older attendees, organizers would try to limit the service to about 40 minutes. The event will be held in the veterans section of the cemetery. In the case of inclement weather, it would be moved to the Issaquah Senior Center, 75 N.E. Creek Way. They would then hold the 21-gun salute in neighboring Veterans Memorial Field.

“Any veteran there will be asked to join us and be a part of the services,” Waggoner said.

He also said that local Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts would assist with placing crosses and flags on veterans’ graves in the cemetery at 9 a.m. May 25, and that any assistance from the public would be welcome.

“Anyone would be invited to help,” he said.

The cemetery is 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.

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