Honor Flight program gets World War II vets to D.C. memorial

November 17, 2009

David Waggoner, who is working to get donations to fly World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., to see the national WWII memorial, speaks to a local group on Veterans Day. By Greg Farrar

David Waggoner, who is working to get donations to fly World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., to see the national WWII memorial, speaks to a local group on Veterans Day. By Greg Farrar

As the ceremonies of Veterans Day fade, one local man is hoping to keep that spirit alive through the rest of the year by launching the Freedom Fighters Honor Flight program.

The national program flies World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., to see the national World War II memorial. The newly formed Puget Sound area chapter will fly its first veterans there March 22 and 23.

“They served our country and it’s a way for us to say thanks and that we didn’t forget,” said David Waggoner, a retired lieutenant colonel who served with the Army in Vietnam and who is commander for Issaquah’s Veterans of Foreign Wars outpost.

He knows all too well what seeing that memorial means, after being drafted and serving in Vietnam and losing many men and friends. Read more

Memorial Day services set for Monday

May 19, 2009

Members of the VFW Post No. 3436, led by Post Cmdr. David Waggoner  (foreground) perform Memorial Day services at Hillside Cemetery last year. File

Members of the VFW Post No. 3436, led by Post Cmdr. David Waggoner (foreground) perform Memorial Day services at Hillside Cemetery last year. File

The local chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars will hold a 10 a.m. Memorial Day service at Hillside Cemetery.

Issaquah City Councilman Fred Butler, a veteran of the U.S. Army, will be the guest speaker. The Issaquah High School junior ROTC will provide a color guard and a 21-gun salute at the conclusion of the service. In observance of Memorial Day, flags will be flown at half-staff.

At 9 a.m. May 23, VFW members and Boy Scouts will begin placing flags and crosses at gravesites, said Dave Waggoner, senior vice commander of the local VFW post.

“We’re one of the last little towns who still holds a service at the cemetery,” Waggoner said.

City Council confirms, lauds board appointees

May 12, 2009

City Council members confirmed Mayor Ava Frisinger’s appointees to municipal boards and commissions last week. All told, 41 appointees will fill seats on 11 boards and commissions. Read more

Veteran crosses not all welcome

April 21, 2009

Graves in Hillside Cemetery are decorated for Memorial Day. File

Graves in Hillside Cemetery are decorated for Memorial Day. File

The local chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars plans to continue its two-decadelong tradition of placing flags and crosses at this year’s Memorial Day service at Hillside Cemetery. But members need input from the families of veterans buried there to get the job done.

Last year, an Issaquah resident complained about the placement of crosses at the gravesites, said David Waggoner, senior vice commander of the VFW Albert Larson Post No. 3436.

Because of the complaint, the VFW and Flintoft’s Funeral Home are asking families of veterans buried at the cemetery to sign a form authorizing the placement of various symbols and what they want them to be. Those include a flag, a cross, a Star of David or other symbol that a family recommends at the gravesite. Read more

Local Scouts help remember our veterans

November 18, 2008

Cub Scouts in Pack 639, sponsored by Issaquah VFW Post 3436, collect and return spent shells used in the Veterans Day 21-gun salute at City Hall to post commander David Waggoner. Photo by Greg Farrar.

Cub Scouts in Pack 639, sponsored by Issaquah VFW Post 3436, collect and return spent shells used in the Veterans Day 21-gun salute at City Hall to post commander David Waggoner. Photo by Greg Farrar.

For some students, Nov. 11 may have just been a day off from school. But for others, it was a time toremember sacrifices made by many men and women who have served in the country’s armed forces.

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