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Events planned for Memorial Day

 

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Local veterans ride down Olympic Avenue during last year's Memorial Day Parade in downtown Arlington.

The American Legion Posts in Arlington and Marysville will hold their annual Memorial Day events on May 29 to honor America's fallen veterans.

Arlington

American Legion Post 76's annual Memorial Day parade will begin at 10 a.m. and travel down Olympic Avenue, ending near Legion Park.

"The American Legion will lead the parade as usual," said David V. Delancy, Sergeant-in-Arms at the American Legion Post 76.

After the parade, services will be held at the main podium of the Arlington cemetery.

A blessing and a salute to the troops is scheduled for the ceremony, said Delancy. Two wreathes will also be laid down at the cemetery.

The cemetery is at 20310 67th Ave. NE.

Delancy said that the Arlington American Legion Post holds a parade every year on Memorial Day "to honor the fallen veterans that never made it home from conflict abroad," he said.

"And the ones who may have come back and passed from natural causes since them, but primarily those who never came back," he said.

Delancy said he comes from a long line of military members, so Memorial Day is an important day of remembrance for him.

"I served in Operation Desert Storm, and I grew up in a military family. I'm fourth generation military, so Memorial Day and honoring those who have passed is very dear to me," he said.

Marysville

American Legion Post 178 in Marysville will hold their annual ceremony at the Marysville Cemetery and hold an open house at their Legion Hall afterward.

The service at the Marysville Cemetery will be similar to previous years' events, said American Legion Post 178 service officer Ken Cage.

The cemetery is at 8801 State Ave., Marysville,

Students from the local NJROTC will perform as a rifle squad and students from the Marysville-Pilchuck High School band will play Taps.

There are currently two scheduled speakers for the event, including Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring.

The Legion Post's Ladies Auxiliary will also lay flowers down during the ceremony.

The Post serves veterans and those who have served the country, and remembering those who have passed is one way to do that, said Cage.

"We do this just to honor those who gave their life for this country. We exist as a group here at the Legion to help veterans and anything we can do for them, and we also honor the dead," said Cage.

"We respect the sacrifice they've made and we thank them for it with the ceremony," he said.

The Legion Hall, at 119 Cedar Ave., Marysville, is open to the public for a light lunch after the ceremony.

 

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