WEEKEND: Memorial Day events on Peninsula begin with Saturday call for volunteers; most gatherings set Monday
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An American flag marks a grave at Ocean View Cemetery in Port Angeles in 2012.
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Except for Saturday, when volunteers will decorate veterans' graves in two Port Angeles cemeteries with small flags, ceremonies are Monday.
Here is a sample of events planned:
PORT ANGELES — Volunteers are needed to decorate Port Angeles-area cemeteries on Memorial Day weekend Saturday and Monday.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1024 will decorate graves of deceased veterans with small flags at 8 a.m. Saturday at Ocean View Cemetery at 3127 W. 18th St. and Mount Angeles Cemetery at 45 Monroe Road.
Anyone interested in helping should meet at one of the cemeteries by 8 a.m.
A post member will provide flags and instructions.
On Memorial Day on Monday, the post will display U.S. flags on poles along the driveways at each cemetery starting at 7 a.m.
Volunteers are needed to help put up the flagpoles and then take them down at 4 p.m.
Anyone interested in helping can phone Dale Koelling at 360-477-5686 or 360-477-5687 for more information.
PORT ANGELES — The Clallam County Veterans Association will conduct a Memorial Day ceremony at Mount Angeles Memorial Park at 9:30 a.m. Monday.
The ceremony will be at the flagpole in the Veterans Circle at the south end of the grounds.
All are welcome and encouraged to attend.
VFW, American Legion
SEQUIM — The Sequim VFW/American Legion will hold a Memorial Day ceremony at Sequim View Cemetery, 1505 Sequim-Dungeness Way, at 11 a.m.
From there, the VFW will visit Pioneer Memorial Park at 11:30 a.m., Blyn Cemetery at noon and the Gardiner Community Center at 12:30 p.m.
The American Legion heads to ceremonies at 11:30 a.m. at Jamestown Cemetery, at noon at Dungeness Cemetery and at 12:45 p.m. at Blue Mountain Cemetery.
Memorial Day services
PORT TOWNSEND — Three organizations are working to commemorate Memorial Day with wreath-laying services, music and a ceremony Monday.
Marvin G. Shields Memorial Post 26 of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars No. 7498 and the Port Townsend Elks Lodge will conduct wreath-laying services at 10 a.m. at Fort Worden Cemetery, at 10:30 a.m. at Laurel Grove Cemetery on Old Discovery Bay Road and at 11 a.m. at St. Mary Cemetery on San Juan Avenue.
At 11:30 a.m., the Port Townsend Summer Band will present a concert at the American Legion Hall at 209 Monroe St.
There, Alfred Chiswell, director of the Coast Artillery Museum at Fort Worden, will speak at noon.
The traditional wreath-laying ceremony will take place at the City Dock, across from City Hall, at 1 p.m.
Following the ceremony, the Post 26 Auxiliary will provide a potluck luncheon for everyone attending.
For more information, phone Post Commander Joe Carey at 360-385-3454.
CHIMACUM — VFW No. 7498 members and the post's Ladies Auxiliary will honor veterans and lay flowers at Chimacum Cemetery on Memorial Day.
The ceremony will be at 3 p.m.
FORKS — The Forks Elks Cub Scout Pack 4467 will lead a ceremony at the monument at City Hall, 500 E. Division St., at 11 a.m. Monday.
Following the conclusion of that ceremony, participants will then travel to the Transit Center for a short ceremony.
The public is invited to attend.
Last modified: May 22. 2014 7:49PM