No official Veterans Day activities in Edmonds this year

Interactive kiosk will be dedicated soon, however
By Brian Soergel | Nov 08, 2018
Photo by: Brian Soergel Mayor Dave Earling, center, under an umbrella, spoke at last year’s Veterans Day event in Edmonds.

During this 100th anniversary of the end of World War I and the 99th anniversary of the first Armistice Day – later called Veterans Day – Mill Creek will have its annual celebration and parade on Nov. 10.

The City of Lynnwood is sponsoring a ceremony on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, in conjunction with a local VFW post. Edmonds Community College, in Lynnwood, had a celebration on Wednesday, Nov. 7.

But there are no Veterans Day activities planned in Edmonds, a year after the dedication and unveiling of the Edmonds Veterans Plaza at Fifth Avenue North and Bell Street, and after the VFW said it expected a Veterans Day event to be an annual one.

There’s a good reason for that.

The Edmonds Veterans Plaza Committee organized last year’s event – which raised funds for the plaza – and is a sort of ad-hoc arm of VFW Post 8870 and the Amercan Legion Post 66.

The VFW’s Mike Denton said the VFW was considering a dedication of the new interactive kiosk going in at the Veterans Plaza, but it’s not completed yet, and the VFW wants to schedule a public event once it is finished to introduce it properly.

“We’re holding back this year because we want to do something more substantial after the kiosk is installed,” said Edmonds Veterans Plaza Committee member Ron Clyborne. Other committee members are Maria Montalvo, Bob Rinehart and Jim Traner.

The kiosk’s installation is expected this week, but there is still work to be done to make it functional. The kiosk will be located near the top of the path construction of pavers honoring individual veterans.

The vendor will also provide software to allow the VFW to set up a directory to guide visitors to each of the points in the Plaza bearing any particular veterans’ name and service information.

There will be ongoing maintenance required in both hardware and software – taken from reserves in the Edmond Veterans Plaza fund – to help the city keep the plaza current and well preserved.

Both Clyborne and Denton agree that a ceremony should be held annually on Veterans Day.

“We’ll have something up and running next year,” Clyborne said. “This year was all tied to the kiosk, and the timing didn’t come together.”

“Going forward, I think we need to set up a committee in-house to set some of these things in motion,” Denton said. “An event planner, I am not. I will see if I can put that in motion for an extra Memorial Day event. We have also talked about doing some things during the summer when the market crowds are out, so that is another possibility.”

Denton said the City of Edmonds has not approached his organization about Veterans Day activities. But Parks and Recreation Director Carrie Hite said the VFW has always coordinated Veterans Day activities.

“The city has always been supportive of everything we’ve wanted to do,” Clyborne said. “The onus of putting on the event is up to the VFW and American Legion.”

Although there is no official ceremony planned, VFW members will certainly be busy this weekend.

“Several of the schools have events in which we are participating, and we will be busy at a couple of the local supermarkets distributing our Buddy Poppy in remembrance, and raising funds for our veterans relief and community service projects,” Denton said. “We have pretty much all of our active membership heavily involved in these events.

“If you are interested, stop by QFC at Westgate. Our VFW Post 8870 members will be there all day Friday and Saturday, and also at the QFC on 196th and 76th, as well as in Mukilteo and Fred Meyer on 164th in Lynnwood.”

VFW Post 8870 members also participated in Edmonds CC’s event Nov. 7.


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