May 27, 2014
Many people came out to celebrate and remember veterans at ceremonies across the area on Memorial Day.
But the men and women who served or died in military service to their country should be remembered and honored all year.
Members of our military are still fighting and dying in remote areas all around the world.
Here are ways you can keep the spirit of Memorial Day going:
- Visit Hillside Cemetery and pause to honor those who served while you walk through the graves. Veterans’ graves are fairly easy to spot.
- Say thanks to a living veteran. Let him or her know that military job he or she did or is doing is appreciated.
- Visit a living veteran. Local homes like Bellewood Retirement Living, Providence Marianwood and Spiritwood at Pine Lake have veterans there who would likely be grateful for a visit and a chance to talk about their service.
- Contribute money to your local Veterans of Foreign Wars. The organization purchases flags for funerals of veterans and performs numerous service projects during the year that help and honor veterans. Your local VFW chapter also sponsors a Boy Scout troop and Cub Scout pack, funds veterans relief (providing scooters and other things veterans need that they can’t afford), attends events at the VA hospital and helps with Honor Flight, which takes World War II veterans to see the memorial in Washington, D.C. Send checks to VFW Post #3436, P.O. Box 18, Issaquah, WA 98027.
- Volunteer to help veterans in need. The Department of Veterans Affairs has ways. Go to www.volunteer.va.gov and click on the “Volunteer or Donate Now” tab.