Memorial Day: White crosses for Edmonds' veterans

May 26, 2017
Photo by: Brian Soergel Edmonds city employee Jeff Sienko hammers a white cross into the ground Friday, May 26, near the headstone of Harry Neal Arey, who served in the U.S. Navy during Vietnam. He died in 1999 at age 69.

Every year, Edmonds Cemetery sexton Cliff Edwards and a crew of city workers pound crosses next to the headstones of more than 600 military veterans buried there.

They will stay in place through Memorial Day on Monday, May 29, where a ceremony will be held at 11 a.m.

The theme this year, the 35th, is a “Welcome Home” for Vietnam veterans.

Cemetery board member Jerry Janacek is master of ceremonies.

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

Edmonds-Woodway junior Olivia Olson will read her award-winning VFW essay (she also won last year), and Mayor Dave Earling will speak.

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

 

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