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Remembering the fallen

At Monday’s Memorial Day ceremony at the Vashon Cemetery, a large group of islanders gathered to honor and remember military men and women who lost their lives serving the country.   American Legion Commander Chris Gaynor says the island’s annual ceremony is a small-town service that has a personal feel.   “We all know each other,” he said. “We’re all connected to families who have lost a member.”   - Paul Chen
At Monday’s Memorial Day ceremony at the Vashon Cemetery, a large group of islanders gathered to honor and remember military men and women who lost their lives serving the country. American Legion Commander Chris Gaynor says the island’s annual ceremony is a small-town service that has a personal feel. “We all know each other,” he said. “We’re all connected to families who have lost a member.”
— image credit: Paul Chen

Vashon’s American Legion Post 159 led the annual Memorial Day celebration at the Vashon Cemetery on Monday. The event, despite the wet weather, drew about 70 spectators, according to post Commander Chris Gaynor, who noted that Vashon has many families that have served in the military for generations.

The Color Guard  led the procession, followed by members of Boy Scout Troop 294; several islanders representing Vashon organizations placed wreaths at the veterans’ monument, including Ron Garrison , a Gulf War veteran and member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). Garrison also spoke on behalf of the VFW. Lisa Devereau read a letter from islander Zach Stackhouse, who is attending The Citadel, and Fire Chief Hank Lipe bottom left delivered the keynote address. The ceremony also included the singing of the national anthem by Vashon High School student Maya McTighe and ended with taps and the retiring of the colors.

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