Philip Capogna, right, and Paul Rogers gather the star sand stripes after a Memorial Day ceremony at Blue Mountain Cemetery on May 31. The event was the fourth of four such events hosted by American Legion Posts 62 and 29 that included Sequim View Cemetery, Jamestown Cemetery and Dungeness Cemetery. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Philip Capogna, right, and Paul Rogers gather the star sand stripes after a Memorial Day ceremony at Blue Mountain Cemetery on May 31. The event was the fourth of four such events hosted by American Legion Posts 62 and 29 that included Sequim View Cemetery, Jamestown Cemetery and Dungeness Cemetery. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Remember and honor: Sequim celebrates veterans who sacrificed with Memorial Day events

The conversation that stuck with Betsy Schultz years after her son Joseph, a decorated Army Green Beret, was killed in action in Afghanistan.

If something should happen, he told his mother, “I expect you to pick yourself up, shed some tears …. but don’t you give up on life,” she recalled last week.

“Find your purpose. Keep on living.”

Schultz, whose Captain Joseph House provides respite and shared bonds of family members dealing with the death of their loved ones serving in the military, helped a crowd of onlookers and veterans remember the spirit of Memorial Day at a special event at Sinclair Place on May 29.

There and then, the North Olympic Peninsula Quilts of Valor group gave patriotic-themed quilts to more than a dozen servicemen and women who are residents at Sinclair Place.

See pictures from both events here and here.

The event include the gift of a new American flag courtesy of Carlsborg VFW Post 6787, and afterward the senior care facility unveiled its Wall of Honor.

The event kicked off a number of Memorial Day events across the Olympic Peninsula; they included Sinclair Place’sa special event at Captain Joseph House in Port Angeles on May 30 and multiple sites on May 31, including American Legion Post 62 and American Legion Post 29 services at Sequim View Cemetery, Jamestown Cemetery, Dungeness Cemetery and Blue Mountain Cemetery. In addition, the Sequim Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4760 conducted Memorial Day services at Gardiner Community Cemetery — the burial place for Marvin G. Shields, a Jefferson County native and the only U.S. Navy Seabee to be given the Medal of Honor.

A moment of prayer and silence for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice: American Legion Posts 62 and 29 lead a Memorial Day ceremony at Sequim View Cemetery on May 31. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

A moment of prayer and silence for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice: American Legion Posts 62 and 29 lead a Memorial Day ceremony at Sequim View Cemetery on May 31. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Above: Kimi Tinsley of Sequim clears grave markers of grass and debris following a Memorial Day event lead by local American Legion posts at Sequim View Cemetery on May 31. Tinsley’s father and grandfather were both war veterans.

Above: Kimi Tinsley of Sequim clears grave markers of grass and debris following a Memorial Day event lead by local American Legion posts at Sequim View Cemetery on May 31. Tinsley’s father and grandfather were both war veterans.

Nancy Zimmermann, chaplain for American Legion Post 62, offers a prayer at the May 31 Memorial Day ceremony at Sequim View Cemetery. At right is Post commander Paul Renick. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Nancy Zimmermann, chaplain for American Legion Post 62, offers a prayer at the May 31 Memorial Day ceremony at Sequim View Cemetery. At right is Post commander Paul Renick. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

VFW Post 6787 Commander Rod Lee lays a wreath at the base of the Sequim View Cemetery monument at a Memorial Day ceremony on May 31. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

VFW Post 6787 Commander Rod Lee lays a wreath at the base of the Sequim View Cemetery monument at a Memorial Day ceremony on May 31. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Betsy Schultz speaks at a special memorial Day event at Sinclair Place on May 29. Schultz, who Captain Joseph House that lends support to families dealing with the death of a family member in the services, said Saturday was the 10th anniversary of her son’s passing. The home is designed to help those family members move forward with their lives. “To live is to honor your fallen heroes,” Schultz said; otherwise, they’ve died in vain. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Betsy Schultz speaks at a special memorial Day event at Sinclair Place on May 29. Schultz, who Captain Joseph House that lends support to families dealing with the death of a family member in the services, said Saturday was the 10th anniversary of her son’s passing. The home is designed to help those family members move forward with their lives. “To live is to honor your fallen heroes,” Schultz said; otherwise, they’ve died in vain. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Visitors view the Wall of Honor, unveiled on May 29 at Sinclair Place to honor their residents who’ve served in military action over the years. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Visitors view the Wall of Honor, unveiled on May 29 at Sinclair Place to honor their residents who’ve served in military action over the years. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Above: With Kathryn Bates — team leader of the North Olympic Peninsula Quilts of Valor group — looking on, volunteers drape a patriotic quilt on Frank Hurlbut during a special Memorial Day ceremony at Sinclair Place on May 29. Sequim Gazette photos by Michael Dashiell
At left: Betsy Schultz speaks at a special memorial Day event at Sinclair Place on May 29. Schultz, whose Captain Joseph House lends support to families dealing with the death of a family member in the services, said Saturday was the 10th anniversary of her son’s passing.

Above: With Kathryn Bates — team leader of the North Olympic Peninsula Quilts of Valor group — looking on, volunteers drape a patriotic quilt on Frank Hurlbut during a special Memorial Day ceremony at Sinclair Place on May 29. Sequim Gazette photos by Michael Dashiell At left: Betsy Schultz speaks at a special memorial Day event at Sinclair Place on May 29. Schultz, whose Captain Joseph House lends support to families dealing with the death of a family member in the services, said Saturday was the 10th anniversary of her son’s passing.

Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

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