VFW hosts popular Veterans Day ceremony
November 5, 2013
By David Hayes
Due to its growing popularity, the service that the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3436 hosts honoring local services members returns to the Issaquah Valley Senior Center.
David Waggoner, of the Issaquah VFW, said last year’s service at the new location exceeded 100 attendees.
All residents are invited, regardless of whether they’ve served in the military. The headlining guest speaker this year is state Rep. Chad Magendanz. Marilyn Batura, whose brother was killed in the Pacific during World War II and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, will read a poem about veterans.
Waggoner said instead of recognizing someone specific this year, the ceremony will honor all service members. Also, a microphone will be passed around the room allowing service members in attendance to share what being a veteran means to them.
Waggoner said the service started eight years ago with just a handful of people at an outdoor assembly and each successive year has just grown in popularity.
“The ongoing wars made it popular. We have a lot of patriotic people in Issaquah,” Waggoner said, adding that nearly 200 attended the VFW’s Memorial Day ceremony.
Returning this year will be Boy Scout troop 709 and Cub Scout Pack 639 passing out programs. In addition, the Liberty High School Junior ROTC Color Guard will again 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 a city representative 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.
If you go
VFW Post 3436 Veterans Day Service
- 11 a.m. Nov. 11
- Issaquah Valley Senior Center
- 75 N.E. Creek Way