The Puget Sound is unique in that it’s home to not one, but two military bases, and this means the area is fortunate to have a large population of veterans, those currently serving in the armed forces, and military families! Memorial Day is coming up, and on Monday, May 27th, the JBLM area has lots of opportunity for honoring our nation’s veterans.
- In Puyallup’s Pioneer Park downtown at 1 p.m., there’s a program featuring Ed Saylor (one of four living members from the famous Doolittle Raid on Japan in WWII) as the guest speaker, State Senator Bruce Dammeier, musical guests, a wreath presentation for the park’s memorial, a rifle salute and of course, a performance of ‘Taps’.
- From 12 to 4 p.m., the Museum of Flight in Seattle will be honoring Memorial Day with a performance by the Boeing Employees Concert Band (who knew there was one?!) playing patriotic music, and then the Music President Doug Kind and the City of Tukwila Mayor Jim Haggerton will preside over a ceremony. A presentation on B-53 operations in Vietnam follows the ceremony. Plus, the museum will be offering free admission for veterans and active U.S. military personnel (with I.D.) starting on May 18th all the way through Labor Day!
- For something more kid-friendly, the Children’s Museum in Seattle has a great day filled with fun, patriotic activities that include crafting poppies, creating patriotic collages, a special storytime and more! Check out a schedule for the day here.
- There is also the Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent that will be celebrating it’s 15th Memorial Day at 1 p.m. with a patriotic performance by the Tahoma High School band, a salute, a veteran soloist and more.
“There are several Memorial Day ceremonies in the area, which is a great chance to honor our veterans and also can be a great learning experience for kids,” says JBLM Real Estate Agent Erik Tinglum. “It is touching and a great reminder of the many sacrifices people have made for our country.”