While many families see Memorial Day as the near-start to summer and a long weekend, the other site of the coin is a sobering reminder of the serivce of countless Americans who've defended our right to freedom.
Whether you stay in town or take a weekend trip, find some time to stop and pay your respects and say "thanks" to fallen soldiers, active duty military members and veterans at a local event.
Here's a list of events in Renton:
Liberty Park Ceremony: VFW Post 1263 Ladies Auxiliary & American Legion
- Where/When: Alongside the Cedar River between the _ Building (1101 Bronson Way North) and the downtown Renton Library (100 Mill Ave. S.) on Monday, May 28 at 9 a.m. Park in the Foundation Parking lot near the tennis courts or in the library parking lot and walk across the bridge.
Mount Olivet Cemetery
- Where/When: Following the 9 a.m. ceremony in Liberty Park, members of the Renton VFW Post 1263 Ladies Auxiliary and The American Legion will drive to Mount Olivet Cemetery, 100 Blaine Ave NE, to place flowers on the graves of fallen soliers and veterans. This will begin at approximately 10 a.m.
Greenwood Memorial Park Ceremony
- Where/When: , 350 Monroe Ave NE at 11 a.m. The ceremony will include an extensive flag display, placement of wreaths for each branch of the armed services, and representatives from the VFW and the American Legion will lead the presentation of colors.
Renton Veterans Memorial Park
- Where/When: Monday, May 28, 2012, 1p.m. Veterans Memorial Park, 523 South 3rd Street, Renton. Parking is available at the 200 Mill Building. The will also be open from noon to 3 p.m. The event will honor of veterans who have served both at home and abroad, and especially for those who have fallen in the line of duty, the _ will host a special event on Memorial Day. The program includes an invocation by the local chaplain of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW Post #1263), presentation of colors, and a rendition of the National Anthem. Wreaths will be presented at the memorial honoring the five branches of military service. A ceremonial Honor Guard, playing of taps, and singing of a patriotic song will conclude the ceremony. City Council President Rich Zwicker Colonel Bruce F. Meyers USMC (Ret.) Frank R. Vaise, VFW Post # 1263 (event coordinator) Fred Hancock American Legion Post #19 Bruce Feltmann, VFW Chaplain Buglers & Vocalist