July 5, 2011
Issaquah couple celebrates anniversary milestone
At age 94, Ralph Upton has moved 29 times and has been married to his wife for 70 years.
“I think that my dad is unbelievable, an eternal optimist,” his daughter, Beth Upton said. “He has grit.”
Her mother balances the equation.
“Dad was the extrovert and adventurer, but Mom kept the home fires burning,” Beth said. “She kept things calm and paid attention to the details to make things work.”
Both were born before World War I ended, and their faith and adaptability have propelled them through the years.
May 31, 2011
Veterans have earned their place of honor
I had tears in my eyes Memorial Day as about 200 people gathered at Hillside Cemetery to honor and remember veterans.
I’ve always thought that veterans got short shrift in some respects. But on this day, those who are living, those who have passed away and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice were the focus of young and old. Thank you to everyone who turned out.
I loved seeing the people, again young and old, who have served or are serving their country, lined up in front of the crowd. It always touches my heart especially to see the men and women who served in Vietnam and World War II standing up there, saluting the flag or standing at attention.
I hope you saw our second annual section — Lest We Forget — in last week’s paper. We are continuing to collect photos of and information about people from our community who have served in all branches of the armed forces.
May 24, 2011
Here’s to those who help us remember
Sometimes we all need a little reminder. Thank goodness we have people like Dave Waggoner in the Issaquah community.
Waggoner, a quartermaster in the Issaquah Veterans of Foreign Wars post, once left a small U.S. flag at the office so I would always remember Memorial Day. The flag still flies above my desk.
Each year, Waggoner, members of the VFW post and local Boy Scouts plant flags and/or crosses on the graves of former veterans at Hillside Cemetery for Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Waggoner makes sure these former vets are remembered.
Waggoner expressed a concern in an April Issaquah Press story that people are forgetting U.S. veterans. With Memorial Day coming up, none of us should forget veterans, especially those in our family.
I do a roll call every Memorial Day, setting aside some time to remember the veterans in my family.
May 10, 2011
For the second consecutive year, in its Memorial Day issue, The Issaquah Press will publish profiles of Issaquah men and women who served in the U.S. armed forces.
Issaquah residents who would like to honor a family member or friend in the newspaper who was not in last year’s edition can download a form from the website, or pick up a form at The Issaquah Press’ office in downtown Issaquah.
Email photos to email@example.com or mail them to The Issaquah Press to be scanned by May 18.
There is no cost to submit a profile.
May 3, 2011
For the second year, The Issaquah Press will publish profiles of Issaquah men and women who served in the U.S. armed forces in a May 25 Memorial Day section.
To be included or honor a friend, download a form from the newspaper’s website, or pick up a form at office.
Email photos to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail them to The Issaquah Press to be scanned by May 18. There is no cost to submit a profile.
Last year, The Press honored 87 Issaquah veterans, including 19 who were killed in wartime — two in World War I, 13 in World War II and four in Vietnam.
The Memorial Day section is a remembrance of those who served the U.S. during times of war and peace.
The help the VFW sponsor the section, send a check payable to The Press.
Download a form or visit The Issaquah Press office at 45 Front St. S. by May 18.
April 12, 2011
Dave Waggoner said he is worried that people are forgetting about U.S. veterans.
He recalled a phrase — selective disengagement — that journalist Bob Woodward had used.
“He said people across the United States selectively disengage from war, whether it be Afghanistan or Iraq or Korea or Vietnam or World War II,” said Waggoner, quartermaster with the Issaquah Veterans of Foreign Wars post.
When society selectively disengages from wars, it loses focus on the people who fight them and their experiences.
“The cost of war is people, and the people of Issaquah paid that price for their service,” Waggoner said.
The Issaquah Press is working to reverse that trend. For the second consecutive year, in its Memorial Day issue, The Press will publish profiles of Issaquah men and women who served in the U.S. armed forces.
November 16, 2010
Jerry Pearson grew up in Issaquah, working at Pickering Farm and serving — in his joking manner — as the 1964 vice president of the Associated Student Body his senior year at Issaquah High School.
Many knew him as the class clown, the student who ran a stop sign and tried to hide his car from police behind a farm’s giant pile of manure in then-rural Issaquah.
After high school, the steps he took next eventually took him to Vietnam, changing his views of himself and of his world. Read more
November 9, 2010
Veterans Day history is worth understanding
Thursday, Nov. 11 is Veterans Day. At precisely 11 a.m., a wreath will be laid at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery to honor and thank those who have served in the armed services of the United States.
The time, 11 a.m., is symbolic. It was at this time on Nov. 11, 1918 (the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month), that a cease-fire agreement was signed, bringing an official end to World War I, “the war to end all wars.” Read more
March 9, 2010
Helen Russell has accomplished a lot in her life. After all, she’s been around for a century.
Russell celebrated her 100th birthday Nov. 22. It was a day she won’t ever forget.
“My daughter-in-law threw a party to end all parties,” Helen said of Judy Russell, wife of her younger son Alan. “She took an 80-year-old address book and started writing invitations.
“If you want a party, get Judy.”
There were more than 100 people who came to help her celebrate her birthday, including her three granddaughters and three great-grandchildren.
Cousins, friends, family and neighbors came, said her older son, Mac Russell.
“It didn’t last long enough,” he said. “There were too many people who hadn’t seen her, or we hadn’t seen, in 20 years.” Read more
January 12, 2010
A city resident asked the City Council to drop the Pledge of Allegiance from meetings last week — less than a month after he asked the Issaquah School Board to remove the pledge from its meetings. Read more