Local veterans hoping all

will join in holiday events

With the coming Memorial Day holiday, local veterans are encouraging everyone to join them in several commemorative services planned for the extended weekend.

A memorial service offered jointly by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1949 and members of various armed services branches is planned for 2 p.m. May 29 at Veterans Memorial Park in Enumclaw. The following day, there will be services at 10 a.m. at Enumclaw Evergreen Cemetery, 11 a.m. at Krain Cemetery and, at noon, a large ceremony at Tahoma National Cemetery.

Local veterans are also reminding everyone that the White House Commission on Remembrance has asked everyone to pause for a moment of silence at 3 p.m. May 30 in honor of all who have died in our nation's wars.

Members of the VFW will keep busy May 26, 27 and 28 distributing "Buddy Poppies" at various locations in Enumclaw and Bonney Lake. All donations received will help needy veterans and their families.

Another opportunity for the public to get involved begins at 9 p.m. May 29, when volunteers are encouraged to help stand sentry duty at Veterans Memorial Park. It's the eighth year for the event in Enumclaw.

The "watch fire" sentry duty represents the fires Gen. George Washington told his sentries to build during the Revolutionary War. The fires helped lost or wounded soldiers find their way back to friendly lines.

Those who stand an hour or so of sentry duty will receive a sentry button as a "thank you" from the VFW.

To get involved in sentry duty, contact Jim McClean at 360-825-0634.

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