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‘We miss them, and will not forget them': Valley vets recalls sacrifice on Memorial Day
The crowd gathered at the Snoqualmie Valley Veteran’s Memorial Monday, May 26, in downtown Snoqualmie included aging volunteers, young Boy and Girl Scouts, two state representatives, former and current servicemen and women, and civilians moved by respect.
The flag of the United States flapped at half-staff, as a group of young people stood at attention, each carrying a flag, while their elders waited nearby, some formed into a rifle-armed honor guard, others at the podium, awaiting the stroke of noon.
Rick Woodruff, American Legion Post Commander, began the ceremony, a time of reflection and prayer, punctuated with the crack of gunshots and the mournful tune of Taps.
“Each year, the people of our nation gather on a Monday in May to pay solemn tribute to those who have served our nation in their time, helping to secure for our nation the blessings of truth and freedom,” said Woodruff.
Standing before a stone monument carved with their names, he read off the list of Valley residents who died in duty to their country, as fellow Lee Scheeler rang a bell for each name.
“We honor, with respect and thanks, the great sacrifices made by those who are engaged in other wars, conflicts and missions, while serving our nation and its people,” intoned Scheeler in a prayer. “We miss them, and we will not forget them. We pray for their families ands friends, those who are left with their loss, and we ask they be comforted by our support. And pledge to them that their sacrifices will be remembered.”
Donated coffee and doughnuts had kept the volunteers fortified since 9 a.m. that morning, as they traveled to cemeteries in Preston, Fall City and North Bend to observe the Memorial Day rites. Snoqualmie was the final stop. Inside the neighboring Legion Post, volunteers had prepared a luncheon. All were welcome.
• See a Valley Record photo gallery of Memorial Day ceremonies here.