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Marysville, Arlington plan Memorial Day events

 

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Arlington American Legion Post 76 lead their annual Memorial Day parade last year to honor fallen veterans on May 29, 2017.

Memorial Day is May 28 this year and veterans will be remembered at the annual events that the Marysville and Arlington American Legion posts plan to hold.

Arlington

The Arlington American Legion will hold a parade and a flag ceremony at the Arlington Cemetery.

The parade happens in downtown Arlington along Olympic Avenue and begins at 10 a.m.

"We welcome anyone that wants to come out and participate or just to observe," said Dennis Gerber, Arlington American Legion Post Commander.

The flag ceremony at the Arlington Cemetery is at 20310 67th Ave NE, Arlington.

"We go out to the cemetery after the parade is over for a flag ceremony," said Gerber.

It is usually held around 11 a.m.

American Legion members, along with community organizations, help put up more than 500 flags at the cemetery during the morning of the holiday.

"And these are not the little flags, these are full casket-sized flags," said Gerber.

Gerber said that the American Legion helps put on the parade and the ceremony each year "to honor the fallen veterans and let them know that they are not forgotten."

Local residents also appreciate having a place where they can come to recognize Memorial Day, he said.

"The community seems to enjoy it and we have a whole lot of community involvement helping with putting up the flags," he said.

Marysville

The Marysville American Legion will hold a ceremony at the Marysville Cemetery.

It is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. at the cemetery at 8801 State Ave., Marysville.

Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring and the American Legion Post Commander are scheduled to give a few words.

"I am finishing my stint as a chaplain so I will give a few words as well," said Ken Cage, chaplain for the Marysville American Legion Post.

The Marysville-Pilchuck High School band will not be there this year as they had other commitments.

The Marysville American Legion Post organizes the annual ceremony to recognize veterans who have been killed in the line of duty and remind people of their sacrifice, said Cage.

"The American Legion is an organization that recognizes the sacrifice a lot of veterans and their families have made," he said.

"We want to remind the nation of the patriotism of those who went over to serve," he said.

After the ceremony, community members are invited to the American Legion Post for an open house.

The post's hall is in downtown Marysville at Second Street and Cedar Avenue.

"Anyone is welcome to come down and look through our building and have a light lunch, sit around and talk with us," said Cage.

 

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