Memorial Day 2018 in Edmonds

Hundreds pay their respects to those who gave all
By Brian Soergel | May 30, 2018
Photo by: Brian Soergel VFW Post 8870 members Norman Goldstein, left, and Amos Chapman salute during presentation of colors.

The day started cloudy, but the skies cleared just in time on Monday, May 28, for the beginning of the 36th annual Memorial Day observance at the Edmonds Memorial Cemetery and Columbarium.

Hundreds of miniature American flags waved from white crosses erected on the gravestones of those who died in war.

Edmonds Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8870 members and other volunteers distributed free Buddy Poppies to attendees, who wore them to honor those who died in service to their country.

Cemetery board member Jerry Janacek was again master of ceremonies. After an invocation, the presentation of colors – raising the American flag to half-staff – kicked off the observance. Taking part were members of the VFW Post 8870 and American Legion Post 66, as well as Scouts BSA, Girl Scouts and members of the Washington National Guard color guard.

Girl Scout and fourth-grader Aly Gutavson, who is home-schooled, led the pledge of allegiance, while the Kinetic Community Singers sang the national anthem.

Also providing music were the Edmonds-Woodway High School Brass Quintet. Mike Barber played “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes, while 1st Sgt. Chris Edwards of the Washington National Guard (the son of cemetery sexton Cliff Edwards) and Edmonds-Woodway student Sarah Henderson pro-vided “Taps.”

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. 1st Sgt. Ed-wards presented remarks.

The program also included Edmonds-Woodway senior Olivia Olson reading an award-winning VFW essay - her fifth win in a row, including middle school – and remarks by Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling.

Elected officials on hand included Rep. Strom Peterson from Washington’s 21st District, Sen. Maralyn Chase of the 32nd District and Edmonds City Council members Diane Buckshnis, Neil Tibbott and Mike Nelson.

“Our country will never forget the sacrifices made by these heroes,” Chase said. “They represent the values and ideals of our country, and demonstrated courage in the face of extreme danger.”

The Edmonds Memorial Cemetery was placed on the Washington State Register of Historic Places in 1972 and has 625 veterans interred.

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