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A stirring Program at November Post Meeting

Teacher of The Year, Nancy Thompson of Serene Lake Elementary in MukilteoThe November meeting of Post 8870, taking place the day before Thanksgiving was relatively lightly attended, no doubt due to the necessity of some members to be at home with family making preparations for the holiday. Still, some 24 stalwart members attended and we were treated to a two-part program that was memorable.

First, our past Teacher of The Year, Nancy Thompson of Serene Lake Elementary in Mukilteo, joined us to perform her new musical composition of the “In Flanders” Fields poe. A beautiful new piece of music, both well composed and superbly performed. We sincerely hope that Nancy is able to have her composition published and made widely available.

Post Member Chris Edwards, who brought two of his fellow National Guard troopsPart two of our program was courtesy of Post Member Chris Edwards, who brought two of his fellow National Guard troops to give a demonstration on the proper steps involved in folding the flag as we do it at burial services, as well as some explanation of the symbolism involved in each of those steps.

 

 

Edmonds Cemetery Memorial Day Observance – 2016

A large crowd gathered at the Edmonds Cemetery to honor all of our fallen men and women on a beautiful sunny “Edmonds Kind of Day”! Particularly honored on this occasion was Edmonds native Frank Freese, KIA in France in WWI, in the battle of Meuse Argonne, where he is buried. Edmonds’ American Legion Post 66 is named in his honor.

Post 8870 member First Sergeant Chris Edwards led a guard of honor from the Washington National Guard, who provided a rifle salute. Taps was played by Edwards.

Edmonds Cemetery Memorial Day Observance - 2016

VFW Post 8870 color guard

Edmonds Cemetery Memorial Day Observance - 2016

VFW Essay Winner Olivia Olsen

Edmonds Cemetery Memorial Day Observance - 2016

Cdr Jim Blossey and Les Abel raised the colors.

Edmonds Cemetery Memorial Day Observance - 2016

WWIi Vets Norm Goldstein, (L) and Amos Chapman Read the names & and rang the bell for the fallen

 

Veterans Day

On November 11th at 11AM, we will have our first Veterans Day ceremony at our new Veterans Plaza at 5th and Bell. Depending on the weather (although it never rains in November in Edmonds), we may have to put up some shelters for the speakers and honored guests. In addition, if Memorial Day at the cemetery is any indication, we will also have to put up chairs for our elderly citizens to use. Therefore, we will have a work party detail at 0930 to get things organized. Since this is our first attempt at this, the more hands we get to help, the quicker we can adjourn to the coffee shop before returning at 11AM. The agenda is still somewhat fluid, but Commander Jim Blossey will MC the event, Mayor Dave Earling will say a few words, and Mike Reagan, Post member and founder of the Fallen Heroes Portrait Foundation will be the keynote speaker. Our own Chris Edwards will play Taps to close the ceremony. Following the ceremony, we will need some hands to help us pack up everything. At that time, we will adjourn to the Edmonds Cemetery where there will be a tour of the notable veterans interred there. Hopefully, we can have a major showing of our VFW members so please wear your covers to the ceremony. This is our day at our Park so please make an effort to be there.