Yakima Herald: Memorial Day events across the Yakima Valley
Memorial Day, always the last Monday in May, is a federally recognized holiday that honors men and women who died while serving in the military.
Several Memorial Day events will be happening around the Yakima Valley this weekend. Here’s a list:
The VFW will hold a service at 10 a.m. near the Veterans Monument on Monday. The Sons of Union Veterans Civil War service will be at 11 a.m. Monday in section F, the Civil War area.
The cemetery is at 1802 Tahoma Ave. It will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. all weekend.
Members of the VFW, American Legion, AMVETS and the public will be placing American flags on graves at 6 a.m. Saturday at the Lower Valley Memorial Gardens Cemetery, 7800 Van Belle Road in Sunnyside. Participants will place 1,900 flags on veterans’ graves there. Members of the public are welcome.
Breakfast will be provided by the VFW Ladies Auxiliary at the VFW Hall, 615 North Ave. All flag-placing participants are welcome to attend.
If you know of a veteran who does not have a flag on their grave, call Bill Ingram at 509-830-4554 or inform cemetery management.
Sunnyside War Veterans
The public is invited to two Monday services in Sunnyside presented by the VFW, American Legion and AMVETS on Monday.
The first starts at 9:30 a.m. at Outlook Cemetery on Gap Road south of West Sunnyside Road. The main service begins at 11 a.m. at the War Veterans Memorial at the Lower Valley Memorial Gardens Cemetery, 7800 Van Belle Road.
Names of local veterans who died over the last 12 months will be read. The names of veterans from Sunnyside who were killed in action since World War I also will be read.
The services will include a wreath-laying ceremony, a 21-gun salute, taps and a dove release by AMVET member Henry Ebbelaar. Sunnyside Mayor Dean Broersma will be a guest speaker.
The Yakima-Kittitas Detachment of the Marine Corps League is inviting the public to two events Monday. The first is at 9 a.m. at West Hills Cemetery on Wide Hollow Road. The second starts at 1 p.m. at Sarg Hubbard Park, 111 S. 18th St.
Yakima Memorial Day Parade
As expected, the Yakima Memorial Day Parade will be in full force again this year to honor the holiday. The Marine Corps League Detachment 1055 organization is hosting the community event. Since Memorial Day itself is on a Monday, the parade will be Saturday, May 28. It will start at 10 a.m. and last until noon.
There are several ways to honor fallen veterans this Memorial Day weekend in the Tri-Cities.
CITY VIEW CEMETERY
City View Cemetery in Pasco is hosting events to remember the nation’s armed forces. At 10 a.m. on Monday, May 30, there will be a K9 Dedication with Al Yenney, a former city councilman, as well as a demonstration from Service Peace Warriors.
At 11 a.m., the main Memorial Day observance will include Pasco Councilman Pete Serrano and M. Semi Bird from the Richland School Board. There also will be the placement of wreaths, a military anthem medley and a gun salute.
City View Cemetery is at 1300 N. Oregon Ave. in Pasco.
Sunset Gardens in Richland plans a weekend-long event for its 50th Anniversary Memorial Day celebration.
Sunset Gardens will raise 1,000 American flags in honor of veterans and fallen service members. On May 28, a tour of the funeral home is planned from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. along with a Betty White tribute.
On May 29, free hot dogs will be offered at the event center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. And Monday’s observance will include special guest speaker Scott Jacobs, retired NCIS investigator, a skydiver, live music, snow cones and hot dogs. The event starts at 11 a.m.
Thursday, May 26, 2022 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm
71004 East 669 PR NE
Richland, WA 99352
Memorial Day Hike 2022 – Honoring the Fallen
The CBC V.E.T.S Center is partnering with ASCBC and Recreation and Wellness to bring you the 2022 Memorial Day Hike! Join us as we hike to the summit of Candy Mountain Preserve Trail to overlook all that our fallen heroes have preserved in their sacrifice. The trail is 3.6 miles long (roundtrip) with an elevation gain of 555 ft. The first 100 CBC students who attend will receive an exclusive V.E.T.S Memorial Day Hike t-shirt.
We will be gathering in the parking lot below the trail at 6:30 pm. From 6:30 to 6:45 pm guests can sign in, students can receive their t-shirt and guests will have the opportunity to honor their loved ones by writing their name on an Honor and Remember Flag. We will kick off the hike by providing a brief speech to honor the men and women who have sacrificed their lives for the freedoms we have today. We will be providing snacks at the end of the hike which consists of a Gatorade and a granola bar.
This is a self-paced event. We will be packing everything up and be preparing to leave around 9 pm. Carpooling is recommended to lessen our impact.