PA audience told to remember veterans and their stories

PORT ANGELES — More than 800 people gathered Monday to remember veterans of the nation’s wars during the North Olympic Peninsula’s Veterans Day observance at the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station on Ediz Hook.

The ceremony was marked by performances by a Marine Corps drill team, patriotic songs sung by the Strait Men’s Chorus and Sweet Adelines and a speech by Coast Guard Rear Adm. Erroll Brown.

But it was a simple song lauding veterans that brought many in the audience to tears.

It was written by Joe Dziak of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1024 in Port Angeles.

“So let’s sing ‘God Bless America’ for the veterans on this special day,” Dziak sang, strumming a guitar.

“Some came back in boxes. Some we still can’t find.

“. . . Never forget the sacrifices that were made . . .”

‘It’s about veterans’

“This day is not about me, it’s about veterans,” said Brown, commander of the 13th Coast Guard District, which includes Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana.

He noted that Veterans Day began as Armistice Day to mark the end of World War I.

“We are here not just to celebrate the end of World War I, but also every veteran’s story,” he said.

Brown called veterans America’s guardians, sentinels and protectors.

If you listen to their stories closely, they are not all that different, he said.

“For them, it’s about doing their duty,” Brown said.


The rest of the story appears in the Tuesday Peninsula Daily News. Click on SUBSCRIBE to get the PDN delivered to your home or office.

More in News

Piper Pettit, project manager for the state Department of Transportation, speaks to the Port Angeles Business Association on Tuesday about upcoming fish passage projects that will significantly impact traffic in the city. (Ken Park/Peninsula Daily News)
Culvert plan in Port Angeles told

Construction expected summer 2023 at earliest

Memorial Day edition to be online only

Help available if needed to set up access

Danny McEnerney.
New Jefferson County Fair manager tells of upgrades

‘Focus on providing ways for people to get a dose of joy’

Port Townsend Paper fined for water quality violations

Power outages among reasons for spill, says general manager

Plan could add 3,000 square feet to Sequim Library

More details expected on Thursday

McDonald Creek, as seen from Old Olympic Highway on Sunday, May 22.
McDonald Creek fish passage project expected to begin this summer

Work to improve fish passage in McDonald Creek has moved a step… Continue reading

A crow makes off with a crab stolen from a gull on the beach at the Port Townsend Boat Haven. Cloudy skies are forecast Tuesday and Wednesday with high temperatures near 60 degrees. A chance of rain returns for Memorial Day weekend. (Steve Mullensky/for Peninsula Daily News)
Crab dinner to go at boat haven

A crow makes off with a crab stolen from a gull on… Continue reading

Washington state’s rate of COVID-19 cases on the rise

The rate of COVID-19 cases is rising in Washington. The… Continue reading

Orca, stuck overnight, finds its way into Strait

Researchers identify whale as 8-year-old male from transient pod

Most Read