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Fairbanks, Alaska

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Fairbanks, Alaska

The land of the midnight sun is much closer than you might expect. Flights on Alaska Airlines from Seattle are a less than a four-hour nonstop flight. Heading out on an early morning flight can have you exploring by 9:30 a.m., giving you a full day on your trip. Fairbanks

Memorial Day’s Flower

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Memorial Day’s Flower

The red poppy has served as a symbol of remembrance on Memorial Day for almost a century. Millions of the red crepe paper poppies have been distributed in exchange for donations that support the welfare of veterans, active military personnel and their families. The wearing of red poppies on Memorial Day is

The merit of Memorial Day

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The merit of Memorial Day

Mike Brown held out his red cap. The words "Blue Max" bracketed a blue Maltese Cross with gold eagles between the arms. On the body of the cross appear the French words "Pour le Me'rite." They translate as "For Merit," and they characterize some of Brown's life and thinking. "I am an

Planning for respect and dignity

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Planning for respect and dignity

Foresight is the act or power of foreseeing, and it is characterized by prudence and planning. This ability is never clearer -- and more needed -- than for end-of-life planning. Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park and Crematory presents seminars which provide valuable information to veterans and their families to allow them

Cremation grows in popularity

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Cremation grows in popularity

Cremation is rapidly becoming the preferred choice for families and friends to pay their last respects to those who have passed. About half a century ago, nearly all who died in the United States were buried and only about four percent were cremated. Since then, economic, societal and religious perspectives have changed

The 13 folds of the flag

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The 13 folds of the flag

At military funerals, there is a storied history and etiquette that surrounds the folding of the American flag. Before being stored overnight or presented at a funeral, the Honor Guard will form a triangular pillow out of the flag with only the blue-starred field showing on the outside. The flag is

The Avenue of Flags at Mountain View

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The Avenue of Flags at Mountain View

Moving a wheelbarrow full of wet cement is a hard chore, especially on a recent, warm Saturday at Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park and Crematory. "Manual labor -- you have to respect it," commented Kimball Jardine as he sat on a pile of cedar lumber. "Not only do you appreciate the

Taking a knee

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Taking a knee

To take a knee means to pause to rest or make adjustments to a course of action. It also means to honor the fallen. Memorial Day presents an opportunity for the Joint Base Lewis-McChord and surrounding communities to take a knee and reflect on the service of those who gave the last

Compassionate service

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Compassionate service

To be compassionate is to see suffering and then work to alleviate it. "It takes a deep-rooted level of compassion to train for and respond to the needs of those who are suffering at all hours of the day," explained Ben Harris, chaplain and executive director of Tacoma-Pierce County Chaplaincy (TPCC). "Chaplaincy

A woman’s touch

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A woman’s touch

A funeral is a solemn occasion characterized by tradition and respect. It is a day of dignified celebration of a life lived. "The process of death is as important a part of the life cycle as birth," said Savannah Luna. "The beginning and end of life require a great deal of

Riding in honor

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Riding in honor

Since 1868, Memorial Day has been a celebrated day in American history, one in which all fallen veterans are remembered. Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park and Crematory honors this sentiment, and it does so in an inclusive manner to embrace those soldiers that have given much to the country but

Coins, veterans, and first responders

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Coins, veterans, and first responders

Challenge coins are a tangible source of pride that extends back to the Greek and Roman armies. Some historians have commented on the fact that these soldiers carried coins to commemorate battles as proof of their bravery and unity in confronting an enemy. The record on the history of these coins became

Mountain View ... providing lasting memories for families

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Mountain View ... providing lasting memories for families

Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park and Crematory proudly serves veterans and area families with honorable and dignified arrangements. "Memorials are extremely important in helping families mourn the death of a loved one," said Clarke Thomson, general manager at Mountain View. Veterans qualify for discounted services as well. "We are the only

Mount Rainier Memorial Garden and Mausoleum

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Mount Rainier Memorial Garden and Mausoleum

Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park and Crematory is proud of its reputation as one of the most beautiful parks in Tacoma, and equally proud of its stunning new cremation estate garden development known as Mount Rainier Memorial Garden and Mausoleum. With about 1,000 burials a year, Mountain View's need for

Remembrance at Mountain View Memorial Park

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Remembrance at Mountain View Memorial Park

Many servicemembers change duty stations often enough that "home" stops being where they came from. The places where they grew up or made a life for themselves before joining the military get further and further away, and "home" becomes their last duty station before getting out of the military. Sometimes,

Honoring the day

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Honoring the day

The honoring of passed veterans on Memorial Day is a responsibility that Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park and Crematory and DuPont Cub Scout Pack 472 take seriously. "I've always been a big believer in American patriotism, and I think it is very important to not forget all of the heroes,

Mountain View Funeral Home and Memorial Park will once again commemorate Memorial Day

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Mountain View Funeral Home and Memorial Park will once again commemorate Memorial Day

Formerly known as Decoration Day, the last Monday in May has come to be known as Memorial Day, a day for remembering those who have died, specifically those who have died in the service of their nation. It is a time for our nation to remember, reflect and heal. For decades,

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The brand new E9 Brewpub and Taproom promised delectable food trucks and visiting food fare vendors to provide sustenance to pair with pints of E9 Brews, and this Friday and Saturday they offer Fresh & Distinct Filipino Food with Jan Parker Cookery. Parker has dialed in outdoor cooking to a

Welcome, Defiance!

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Welcome, Defiance!

In call-and-response fashion, Cheney Stadium echoed: "TACOMA! DEFIANCE!" Fans chanted for their hometown Defiance against their bitter rivals from Portland. Now the second season of professional soccer in Tacoma -- and the first full year -- Cheney now serves as a multi-sport complex since the January rebranding of the Seattle Sounders

Visit beautiful Salem

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Visit beautiful Salem

Salem, Oregon, is a beautiful main street community which makes a perfect base for your stay in the area. Pick a downtown hotel and you can walk to many attractions, shops and restaurants. In addition to the city, Salem is in the heart of the Willamette Valley and is surrounded

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