Memorial Day services planned on Peninsula

Memorial Day ceremonies are planned across the North Olympic Peninsula.

Most of the free, public events will be Monday. One — a monthly veterans memorial held at the Liberty Bell in Port Angeles — will be at 1 p.m. today while a service at the Captain Joseph House in Port Angeles will be on Sunday.

Today’s veterans memorial will be orchestrated at the Veterans Park on Lincoln Street by local service groups.

The Marine Corps League Mount Olympus Detachment Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Patriot Riders and National Guard will convene at Veterans Park on Lincoln Street for the monthly service.

Local veterans’ names will be read, with the replica Liberty Bell rung after each name.

The honor guard will fire three volleys and a bugler will play taps, after which a bagpiper will play “Amazing Grace.”

On Sunday, the Captain Joseph House Foundation will host a memorial service at 1108 S. Oak St. from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The service will honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. armed forces.

A tour of the Captain Joseph House will follow the service and refreshments will be provided.

The Captain Joseph House Foundation is a nonprofit created to lend support to Gold Star families.

Gold Star families are parents, siblings, children and spouses of service members who died while on active duty during wartime in the military.

Other services, all planned on Monday, are:


Memorial Day ceremonies will be held in the city Monday beginning at Sequim View Cemetery at 11 a.m. This is a joint ceremony with the American Legion and Sequim VFW Post 4760.

The Sequim View Cemetery is at 1505 Sequim-Dungeness Way. From there, the American Legion will go to Jamestown Cemetery, 399 Cemetery Road, at 11:30 a.m., Dungeness Cemetery, 2153 Lotzgesell Road, at noon and Blue Mountain Cemetery, 1494 Blue Mountain Road, at 12:45 p.m.

All cemeteries will have flags on marked veterans’ graves from Saturday morning until Monday evening.

American Legion Post 62 places and retrieves the flags.

To volunteer to help, call Carl Bradshaw, Post 62 commander at 360-775-1477.


The public is invited to attend Gardiner Community Cemetery’s Memorial Day services at 12:30 p.m. Monday.

The Carlsborg VFW will conduct the ceremony at the cemetery, 137 Gardiner Cemetery Road.

Flags will be displayed on veteran’s graves.

For more information, call Jim Hueter at 360-681-2766 or Terry Wood at 360-797-0066.


The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1024 will perform a Memorial Day ceremony at 9:30 a.m. at Mount Angeles Memorial Park cemetery.

The ceremony will be held at the veterans circle at the cemetery at 45 S. Monroe Road.

Volunteers are needed to raise large flags at 7 a.m. and smaller flags on veterans’ graves at 8 a.m. at the Memorial Park and Ocean View Cemetery, 3127 W. 18th St. on Saturday.

Additionally, volunteers are needed to place large flags at 7 a.m. Monday and to remove the flags at 4 p.m. at both cemeteries.

Fore more information or to volunteer, call John Kent at 716-880-6695.


Quilts will be presented to 21 local veterans at the Marvin G. Shields Memorial Post’s 26th annual Memorial Day observance at three cemeteries starting at 10 a.m. Monday.

The post’s honor guard will be at Fort Worden Cemetery at 10 a.m., Laurel Grove Cemetery on Cemetery Street at 10:30 a.m. and St. Mary Cemetery on San Juan Avenue at 11 a.m.

The Port Townsend Summer Band will present a half-hour concert at 11 a.m. at the American Legion, on the corner of Monroe and Water streets, preceding the noon ceremonies.

A potluck buffet provided by the legion will follow the services.

The public is invited to attend.

The Quilts of Valor Foundation is a national group whose mission is to provide a quilt for each veteran who has been affected by war.

For more information, call Kathey Bates 360-316-9798 or the American Legion at 360-385-3454.


The city of Forks will host a Memorial Day program at the Forks Cemetery on Calawah Way at 11 a.m. Monday.

The Fletcher-Wittenborn VFW, city of Forks officials, Boy Scouts, and American Legion will participate.

The Scouts also will lower the flag at City Hall and the Forks Transit Center.

The public is welcome to attend.