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How to be a part of our Edmonds Veterans Plaza Plaza Project Approaching Fundraising Goal

Edmonds Veterans Plaza funding tops $ 400,000!

For the past 241 years men and women have served our nation in uniform; in peace and in conflict, assuring that our freedom, declared in 1776, would continue.

Edmonds Veterans Plaza drawing

Our City of Edmonds has not had a place to so honor & remember those who have served. Thanks to VFW Post 8870, American Legion Post 66, The City of Edmonds and a group of dedicated individuals, Edmonds will finally have such a place of honor, to be prominently located at 5th and Bell, right in front of the City Council Chambers Building.

The total budget for the new plaza is $420,000. To date the organizing
committee has raised $ 400,000 and there is $20,000 yet to raise. The Hazel Miller Foundation, prominant among our major supporters, was an early donor committing $180,000 toward this project during the fall of 2015. We are very grateful for this support.

The time has come for the fundraising effort to look to the public. All Edmonds citizens are invited to contribute toward the campaign to raise the last $20,000.

Please consider a contribution of $50, $100, $250 or more so that the project can be completed. You can send your contribution to Edmonds Veterans Plaza, c/o Edmonds VFW Post 8870, PO Box 701, Edmonds, WA 98020 (make checks payable to Edmonds Veterans Plaza); or go online to http://
edmondsveteransplaza.com.

You may wish to honor a particular friend, relative or comrade in arms. We have the following opportunities to do so:

  • Pavers to honor a Veteran – $500 minimum donation
  • Bench Plaques to honor a Veteran – $1,500 minimum donation
  • Seating Cubes to honor a Veteran – $2,500 per side

(Illustrations of these features are available on the web site referred to above.)

Fundraising is to be completed by the end of May with construction beginning in June and the new Plaza to be dedicated on Veteran’s Day, November 11th, 2016.

The financial support of all of our citizens and particularly all veterans is
important so please send your contribution now.

Edmonds Veterans Plaza sketch

New colors to fly over Edmonds School District stadium Courtesy of VFW Post 8870

School officials and student athletes join the VFW contingent to accept the gift of the new athletic field flag. Back row, from left: Geoff Bennett, EWHS Assistant Principal; Angie McGuire, EWHS Athletic Director; Jim Blossey, VFW Post 8870 Commander; Fred Apgar, VFW; Rich Petek, Athletic Field Manager; Grant Whitcutt, student; Jacob Henricksen, student; Binian Tesfaghaber, student; Grady Okeson, student; Yonas Tesfatsion, student; Terrance Crabtree, VFW; Ian Vincent, student. Kneeling from left: Students Benjamin Yang, Alexia Ballard, Sterling Mahan and Anindo Kahn.

School officials and student athletes join the VFW contingent to accept the gift of the new athletic field flag. Back row, from left: Geoff Bennett, EWHS Assistant Principal; Angie McGuire, EWHS Athletic Director; Jim Blossey, VFW Post 8870 Commander; Fred Apgar, VFW; Rich Petek, Athletic Field Manager; Grant Whitcutt, student; Jacob Henricksen, student; Binian Tesfaghaber, student; Grady Okeson, student; Yonas Tesfatsion, student; Terrance Crabtree, VFW; Ian Vincent, student. Kneeling from left: Students Benjamin Yang, Alexia Ballard, Sterling Mahan and Anindo Kahn.

After more than 20 years of service, the Edmonds School District Athletic Department’s American flag had definitely seen better days. Frayed and faded, it was a shadow of its former self and ready to be retired.

When officials from Edmonds VFW Post 8870 heard about this, they immediately contacted the school and offered to donate a brand new flag to fly over athletic and other events at Edmonds District stadium.

In a short ceremony on a recent Wednesday afternoon, VFW officials met with a group of teachers, students and district staff to formally present the new flag.

Athletic Field Mgr Petek demonstrates the worn condition of the old flag

Athletic Field Mgr Petek demonstrates the worn condition of the old flag

“It’s very meaningful for us to be able to do this,” said Jim Blossey, VFW Post Commander. “Honoring the flag and those who have died for it is a big part of what we stand for, and it’s a privilege to help promote this within our community.”

The VFW is arranging to have the old flag officially retired in the traditional manner, “probably by burning it in a wood fire” according to Blossey.

Story and photos by Larry Vogel, courtesy My Edmonds News.com