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.
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.