36th Memorial Day ceremony at Edmonds Cemetery

Buddy Poppies to be distributed at several locations
By Brian Soergel | May 25, 2018
Photo by: Brian Soergel Phil Sacks of VFW Post 8870 in Edmonds at last year’s Memorial Day ceremony.

The 36th annual Memorial Day Observance at the Edmonds Memorial Cemetery and Columbarium is 11 a.m. Monday, May 28, at 100th Avenue West and 15th Street SW.

The one-hour event will take place rain or shine.

Cemetery board m,ember Jerry Janacek is master of ceremonies. This year's theme is the dedication of the Veteran's Monument – formerly in front of the Edmonds Historical Museum – and remembering the veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Other program highlights include the presentation of colors, songs and music by the Kinetic Community Singers, the Edmonds-Woodway High School Brass Quintet, and piper Mike Barber.

The program will continue with Edmonds-Woodway senior Olivia Olson reading an award-winning VFW essay and remarks by Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling.

The program ends with a rifle salute by the Washington National Honor Guard-Camp Murray, and taps by 1st Sgt Chris Edwards.

Street parking is available along 100th Avenue West and 15th Avenue. Parking within the cemetery is limited to those with handicap-parking permits only. Limited seating is available. Guests are encouraged to bring their own folding chairs.

Refreshments, including cookies from Lynnwood Emblem Club #366 and coffee from Walnut Street Coffee, will be served after the program. Visitors are also invited to stroll the cemetery grounds and take a self-guided tour using one of the cemetery's walking maps.

The Edmonds Memorial Cemetery was placed on the Washington State Register of Historic Places in 1972 and has 625 veterans interred. In honor of Memorial Day, graves of all veterans will be marked with a white cross and a miniature U.S. flag.

For more information, call Dale Hoggins at 425-776-1543.

VFW Buddy Poppy distribution

Each year, as part of local Memorial Day observances, to honor our comrades who never again saw home and family, Edmonds Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8870 distributes the Buddy Poppy at four locations.

They are offered freely to all to wear in honor of the fallen.

“Please accept it when offered and wear in it remembrance,” said the VFW’s Mike Denton. “VFW does however, gladly accept donations at all distribution locations. Those funds are used for a variety of efforts in support of veterans of all conflicts and their families, from the remaining survivors of World War II to the young men and women of the post-9/11 era.”

The poppy became a symbol of fallen soldiers as a result of a poem written by Col. John McCrae, a Canadian veteran of World War I (“In Flanders fields the poppies blow/Between the crosses row on row”).

You will find members of Post 8870 distributing Buddy Poppies, as well as copies of the poem, at QFC stores at Westgate, on Mukilteo Speedway and at 196th Street SW 76the Avenue West, as well as the Fred Meyer at 164th Street SW and Alderwood Mall Boulevard.

“Stop by,” Denton said. “Tell us the stories of your families and friends so that we may honor them as well and walk away wearing a Buddy Poppy in their memory. Let us never forget.”




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