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Memorial Day 2017 – Honoring those who gave for their country


Caisson enters Arlington National Cemetery across the Potomac River from Washington, DC.
Photo from Arlington National Cemetery website, Courtesy: Andrew V. McMaster, May 2006.

This story is reprinted here annually since May 28, 2007:
“This weekend is our Memorial Day holiday when America pauses to honor those that have given their lives in service to their country. The Yelm Community Blog host appreciates and honors all of those who have served to defend, protect, and preserve our country from outside invaders. Memorial Day was first called Decoration Day to honor Union soldiers who died during the American Civil War. After World War I, it expanded to include those who died in any war or military action,” quoting Wikipedia.

The wars have left their mark on this area, as we are reminded of one of the first from this area to give the ultimate sacrifice in the Iraq War, Rainier’s Justin Norton, who was killed in June 2006:

Rainier’s fallen son, Justin Norton

Justin Norton Scholarship Fund honoring Rainier, Washington’s fallen soldier in Iraq.
About Sgt. Norton

Donations can be mailed to:
Justin Norton Scholarship Fund
c/o Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 444
Yelm, Wa 98597


– Memorial Day observed locally
The entire community is invited to honor the men and women who died while defending the United States.
Monday, May 29
• Joint Base Lewis-McChord Memorial Day Observance, Camp Lewis Cemetery, 11am, JBLM.
Visitors who wish to attend the JBLM ceremony will be required to obtain a pass from the base’s Visitor Center at exit 120 on Interstate 5. Signs will direct attendees to the cemetery.

• Thurston County Memorial Day Celebration, Capitol Rotunda, begins at 10:30am.

Sunday, May 28
• Yelm Cemetery Memorial Day Observance, 1pm, Yelm,

• Roy Cemetery Memorial Day Observance, 3 pm, Roy.
Read more


– Delta Airlines honors our military on their last flights home (February 13, 2013).
A group of Delta Air Lines employees has made a commitment to honor and recognize members of the military who have made the ultimate sacrifice. A solider and his military canine who both died in action return home, their remains arriving on U. S. soil in Atlanta in this video.

The Delta Honor Guard, which has been operating since 2005, is composed of approximately 30 men and women who volunteer their time to honor fallen troops whose remains come through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport aboard Delta flights, according to Brian McConnell, coordinator of the Delta Honor Guard.
Click here for this moving ceremony, which occurs plane-side in the rain, and all weather conditions.


– At Sea-Tac Int’l Airport: Hometown-based “Alaska Airlines Fallen Soldier Program”
Click here


2017: “Delta Honor Guard: Fallen sailor returns home [to the Twin Cities] after 75 years”
By By Rachel Solomon, Delta Airlines News Hub, posted May 26, 2017.
Click here


– “DOWNLOAD “THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE” THIS MEMORIAL DAY”
A Broken System, A Roadmap Of Hope
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Posted by Steve on May 29, 2017 at 12:01 am | Permalink

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