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Sunday, May 26-Monday-May 27: Memorial Day events

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Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory will host one of the best services in the nation on Memorial Day. Photo credit: J.M. Simpson

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Every year, Memorial Day commemorates U.S. men and women who died while in the military service. It was first enacted to honor Union soldiers of the Civil War — it is celebrated near the day of reunification after the civil war — and it was expanded after World War I to include American casualties of any war or military action. In addition to a national moment of remembrance - which will be observed Monday at 3 p.m. - there are various events going on across western Washington.

Joint Base Lewis-McChord will honor the memory of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of the United States with a Memorial Day ceremony Monday, May 27, at 11:30 a.m. at the base cemetery.

Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Lanza, commanding general, 7th Infantry Division will be the guest speaker. He will place a wreath on the post's marker honoring the soldiers, airmen, civilians, men, and women who have served and made the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of the United States of America. The I Corps Band will provide the music. A salute battery will fire a 21-gun salute to honor fallen comrades, followed by the playing of Taps.

In addition, JBLM Soldiers and Airmen will attend and support Memorial Day observances in the region with guest speakers, firing details, color guards, I Corps Command Honor Guard and the I Corps Band, including the following Memorial Day weekend events:

Sunday, May 26

  • Key Peninsula Veterans Aisle of Honor, 1 p.m., Vaughn Bay Cemetery, 100th Street Kp N and 186th Avenue Kp N, Vaughn. 253.884.9852. Signs will be posted from State Route 302. The formal ceremony begins about 1 p.m., but flags will be on display from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Yelm Cemetery Memorial Day Service, 1 p.m., 11540 Cemetery Road SE, Yelm, 360.458.5377.
  • Enumclaw Memorial Day Service, 2 p.m., Veterans Memorial Park, Enumclaw.
  • Tacoma Veterans for Peace Chapter 134 plans to place symbolic grave markers at Cummings Park on Sunday and Monday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., 3939 Ruston Way, Tacoma.


  • Vaughn Bay Cemetery Memorial Day Service, 12:30 p.m., 86th Ave. KPN near Bay View Rd. KPN.
  • Roy Cemetery Memorial Day Service, 3 p.m., Roy-Christy Rd, just east of Hwy 507 and south of Roy.

Monday, May 27

  • Wear Blue: Run to Remember, 9 a.m., PowderWorks Park, DuPont. Members of the local group are running different distances to honor fallen service members.
  • Wear Blue: Run to Remember, 9 a.m., Tenino Trail, Yelm. Members of the local group are running different distances to honor fallen service members. 
  • Sumner Cemetery Memorial Day Service, 10 a.m., 12324 Valley Ave. E. Puyallup, 253.299.5510.
  • St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery Memorial Day Observance, 10:30 a.m., S. 204th St. and Orilla Road, Kent, 253.838.2240.
  • Gethsemane Catholic Cemetery Memorial Day Observance, 10:30 a.m., 37600 Pacific Highway S., Federal Way, Vietnamese Mass to follow at 1 p.m., 253.838.2240.
  • Memorial Day Program, 10:30 a.m.. Bethany Cemetery, 26418 Mountain Highway, Spanaway, 253.531.6701.
  • Thurston County Veterans Coalition Annual Memorial Day Ceremony, music 10:30 a.m.; ceremony 11 a.m., State Capitol Rotunda, Olympia.
  • DuPont Memorial Day Service with remarks from Joint Base Lewis-McChord senior Army officer Lt. Gen. Robert Brown, 11 a.m., Ross Plaza, DuPont, 253.964.1455.
  • Tacoma Historical Society and American Legion Memorial Day Service, 11 a.m., War Memorial Park, downtown Tacoma.
  • Calvary Cemetery Memorial Day Service with the Rev. John Wilke, 11 a.m., 5212 70th St. W, Tacoma, 253.472.8875.
  • Joint Base Lewis-McChord Memorial Day Service with remarks from 7th Infantry Division commander Maj. Gen. Stephen Lanza, 11:30 a.m., base cemetery.
  • Olympia Thunder Run to Washington State Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Olympia, 9 a.m., meet at Northwest Harley Davidson and Eagle Leather, Lacey.
  • Tahoma National Cemetery Ceremony, with guest speakers,1 p.m., 18600 SE 240th St., Kent, 425.413.9614.
  • Pierce County Veterans Advisory Council and Mountain View Memorial Day Ceremony, 2 p.m., 4100 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood, 253.584.0252.
  • Milton VFW Memorial Day Service, 1 p.m., veterans memorial at Milton Community Park, 15th Avenue and Milton Way.
  • Puyallup Memorial Day Program, 1 p.m., Pioneer Park Pavilion, 330 S. Meridian, Puyallup, 360.893.8022.
  • Tumwater American Legion, Post 166, Memorial Day Commemoration, Mills and Mills Memorial Park, 2 p.m., 5725 Littlerock Road SW, Tumwater, 360.357.7743.
  • Washington Soldiers Home Ceremony, with guest speakers Lt. Col. Brandon Bowline, Battalion, Commander and Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas Wrighton, 56th Multifunctional Medical Battalion Joint Base Lewis-McChord, 2 p.m., Chilson Hall, 1301 Orting-Kapowsin Highway, Orting, 360.893.4511.


  • Acacia Memorial Park Memorial Day Service, Acacia Memorial Park 11 a.m., Seattle

  • Bread of Life Mission's Memorial Day Ceremony, 12 p.m., Seattle

  • Seattle Mariners Memorial Day Game, 1:10 p.m., Seattle

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