Veterans Corner: Flag Day is June 14

Jack Grennan Post 62 of the American Legion will host a Flag Day Ceremony at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14, at the Post, 107 E. Prairie St. Unserviceable U.S. flags will be disposed of properly.

All are welcome. Now is a good time to check your outdoor flags and replace them if they are faded or torn. Start the summer with a fresh new flag and fly it proudly on the Fourth of July!

You are always welcome to drop unserviceable flags in the box on the west side of the Post building.

New location for DAV

The DAV service office of Chapter 5 of Disabled American Veterans moved to Worksource, 810 W. Brackett Road in Sequim. The office is open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Wednesdays; you can walk in, no appointment is needed. Three service officers will be available to help veterans with claims and other information.

Boost for high schoolers

The Sequim VFW Post 4760 awarded five scholarships to Sequim graduating seniors: $1,500 scholarships were awarded to Melanie Byrne, Aidan Henninger and Danica Pierson, and $1,000 scholarships were awarded to Harrison Bell and Samantha Gonzalez.

Congratulations to all five recipients and best of luck in your future studies.

Wreaths coming to Sequim

The Wreaths Across America Mobile Education Exhibit will be coming to Sequim starting with an opening ceremony at 10 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 1, at Sequim Village Center, 651 W. Washington St. (in the former JCPenney parking lot).

The exhibit will there until 3 p.m. Veterans of the Vietnam War can receive a Vietnam Commemorative pin courtesy of National Wreaths Across America. The Junior American Citizens will be making a wreath and learning the meaning of each bundle that composes the wreath. John Paul Jones Sons of the American Revolution, Daughters of the American Revolution Admiralty Inlet and Whidbey Island will be attending. The American Legion Riders Flag Line will be present.

There will be raffle tickets available to help finance the ceremony at Mount Angeles Cemetery on Saturday, Dec. 17. You can learn how to order wreaths for local and other cemeteries.

This is a great resource to learn about this program. Thanks to the Michael Trebert Chapter NSDAR for sponsoring this visit. Hope to see you there!

Help for helpers

The Federal Veterans Administration has a program of comprehensive assistance for family caregivers. It is for eligible veterans who served on or prior to May 7, 1975, with a VA disability rating of 70 percent or higher.

Program benefits for family caregivers may include education and training, mental health counseling, travel, lodging and financial assistance when traveling with the veteran to receive care; a monthly stipend, etc. This is a program for those who choose to keep their loved one at home.

Please check out eligibility rules and get more information at

Kudos for your patriotism

Many thanks to all who put out flags, organized ceremonies, attended a ceremony and took in flags this Memorial Day. It’s great to be back honoring our deceased veterans and showing them and their families respect for their sacrifice for our nation.

Contributors: American Legion, Paul Renick,; MOAA and Voices For Veterans, Lorri Gilchrist,; Marine Corps League, Mark Schildknecht,; Korean War Veterans, Jerry Rettela,; VFW 4760, Steve Henrikson,; VFW 6787, Rod Lee,