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Enumclaw VFW invites public to share Memorial Day events

Members of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars will keep busy again this holiday weekend, honoring members of the U.S. military who died in the line of duty.

Post 1949 will be involved in raising American flags at Enumclaw Evergreen Memorial Park – the rural cemetery at 23717 S.E. 416th St – and will participate in two services in Enumclaw and another at Tahoma National Cemetery in Maple Valley.

On Friday afternoon, the VFW, Boy Scout Troop 422 and Cub Scout Pack 500 will erect several hundred flags at Evergreen Memorial Park.  They will remain up until a day or two following Memorial Day. This has been a long-standing tradition where casket flags donated to the post are flown during the weekend. Each flag bears the name of a deceased veteran.

The Memorial Day program will take place Sunday at Enumclaw Veterans Memorial Park, commencing at 1:40 p.m. with music by the Enumclaw Gateway Band. The main program will start at 2 p.m. In addition to the Gateway Band, the Allegro Women’s Ensemble and Scottish American Military Society will be participating. Guest speakers will include Enumclaw Mayor Liz Reynolds, State Sen. Pam Roach and Gary Condra, a retired lieutenant colonel and current deputy director of the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs.

The city of Enumclaw Parks and Recreation Department is providing bleachers and shelter and all are encouraged to attend.

A “Fire Watch” will begin at 9 p.m. Sunday at Veterans Memorial Park and continue until 6 a.m. Monday. This is in memory of the signal fires Gen. George Washington ordered lit to guide his troops back to camp after a major battle. The public is invited to stop by and visit.

Monday, a memorial service will be conducted at Enumclaw Evergreen Memorial Park, honoring the Enumclaw veterans buried there. The half-hour service will be conducted by VFW Post 1949, starting at 10 a.m.  This service is similar to the burial and memorial services Post 1949 conducts several times each month for recently deceased veterans.

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