Veterans Corner: Join us for Memorial Day events

Memorial Day observances in and around Sequim have been planned. At 9 a.m. on the Saturday before Memorial Day, May 28, American Legion Post 62 will put out U.S. flags at the grave sites of all veterans at Sequim View and Dungeness cemeteries.

On Memorial Day (Monday, May 30), the first ceremony begins at Sequim View Cemetery, 1505 Sequim-Dungeness Way. Sequim VFW Post 4760 will conduct the Ceremony starting at 11 a.m.

After Sequim View, Post 62 will lead ceremonies at Jamestown Cemetery(1033 Old Blyn Highway) at 11:30 a.m., Dungeness Cemetery (2153 Lotzgesell Road) at noon, and Blue Mountain Cemetery (1986 Blue Mountain Road) at 12:45 p.m.

VFW Post 6787 is also supporting ceremonies at Sequim View, Gardiner and Mount Angeles cemeteries. All are welcome to attend all ceremonies.

Hobucket dedication

The Hobucket House Dedication was held Wednesday, April 20, in Forks, across the street from Sarge’s Place. It was a wonderful gathering of veterans, tribal leaders, government officials, friends and workers.

After the ceremony all were invited to tour the house. Ramps and decks still need to be built before the home can be occupied by seven permanently disabled veterans. Materials are being ordered and the work will take place as soon as they are received.

Thank you to all who have supported this critical project. Hoping to start one in Sequim soon!

Save the date

The Wreaths Across America Mobile Education Exhibit will be in Sequim on Monday, Aug. 1, in the parking lot across from Safeway. It will be open from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. for an event that is free to the public.

The goal of the exhibit is to bring the community together and teach patriotism while remembering the service and sacrifice of the nation’s military members.

The exhibit contains short films, shared stories and interactive displays. It serves as a mobile museum. All are welcome. The Michael Trebert Chapter, NSDAR is the host for the exhibit.

Flag Day

There will be a Flag Day ceremony at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, at American Legion Post 62, 107 E. Prairie St.

The public is invited to come and learn how to properly dispose of unserviceable U.S. flags. You are welcome to bring unserviceable flags to have the Post dispose of them correctly.

The Post will be participating in the Irrigation Festival Parade on May 14. Please remember to honor the flag whenever it comes down the parade route in a Color Guard: stand, remove your hat, put your hand over your heart, or if a veteran, salute.

Poppies on parade

Carlsborg VFW Post 6787 will be handing out poppies and accepting donations at the Irrigation Festival Grand Parade on May 14.

VFW “Buddy” poppies are a small red flower that is symbolic of the blood shed in WWI by millions of Allied soldiers in defense of freedom.

It is the VFW’s memorial flower and has been handed out since 1922. It reiterates that VFW will not forget their sacrifices. Please take one and wear it in honor of them.

The Post continues to sell military-themed ball caps at locations in Sequim. Please look for them. The money earned is to support programs for veterans and their families.

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,