Walla Walla-area events mark Memorial Day

Commemorations include speakers, awards and parades.


WAITSBURG -- A full program is planned for the Memorial Day program at the Waitsburg City Cemetery Monday, beginning at 11 a.m.

The program includes music, a guest speaker, dedication of new names on the memorial wall, and honoring of long-time members of the American Legion and VFW.

Cub Scout Pack 336 will raise the flag and lead the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by "The Star Spangled Banner" sung by the Waitsburg Quartet.

Guest speaker is retired Air Force Master Sgt. James Wooderchak. Also speaking is eighth-grader Meara Baker, who will read her state award winning Americanism Essay, "What is My Patriotic Role as a U.S. Citizen?"

Jack McCaw will receive a 50-year continuous membership certificate in the American Legion, and V.F.W. 25-year charter members to be honored are Frank Brown, Bernard and Pat Donnelly, Jerry Gales, Alfred Hammond, Delbert Mock, Dean Shea and John Hazelbaker.

Four Waitsburg High School graduates who are joining the armed forces will be recognized: Blake Brown, Air Force; Wyatt Withers, Navy; Will Bundy, Marines; and Ryan Timms, Army.

New names on the memorial wall are Dorothy Lucille Brown Kostechka and Donald Scribner, World War II; George Lambert, Stefan Xaudaro and James Barnes, Korea; and Frank Steve Lanning and John W. Payne, Vietnam. Any veteran buried in the cemetery is eligible to be honored on the wall.

Along with the Waitsburg Quartet, the Waitsburg High School chorus and band will provide musical numbers.

Beka and Emily Adams of the Saddles & Spurs 4-H Club will place a memorial wreath and light the eternal flame.

The ceremony will end with benediction by the Rev. Mike Ferrians, gun salute by Dayton American Legion Post and Taps by Ben Kiefel and Brad Green.

Carrie Chicken can be reached at cec@innw.net or 522-5289.

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Friday, 9 a.m. -- Placing more than 800 flags and crosses on veterans' graves in the City Cemetery.

Saturday, 10 a.m. -- Dayton Days Parade--All veterans invited to join in behind the color guard.

Monday, 7-10 a.m. -- A free breakfast for all veterans and friends at the American Legion Hall, 211 E. Clay St. Sponsored by members of the Frank E. Bauers VFW Post 42.

Monday, 10:30 a.m. -- Memorial Day services at the Dayton Cemetery.


Saturday, 7 a.m. -- Local American Legion and VFW members place about 800 flags on graves of veterans at Milton-Freewater Cemetery, Cemetery Road.

Saturday, 7-9 a.m. -- Local American Legion and VFW members serve breakfast for veterans and veterans' widows at the American Legion Hall on 8th Street. Donation accepted.

Monday 7 a.m. -- Flags posted downtown, and at cemetery.

Monday, 4 p.m. -- Flags retired from downtown.


The following events are on Monday.

7 a.m. -- Flags posted downtown.

11 a.m. -- Memorial Day service at the Veterans Memorial Wall in the Waitsburg City Cemetery on East Eighth Street.

Noon -- After the program, those attending are invited to a potato bar at Elementary School lunchroom.

7 p.m. -- Flags retired from downtown.


The following events are on Monday.

6 a.m. -- Flags posted downtown.

6:15 a.m. -- New flag raised, then lowered to half-staff at Land Title Plaza, First Avenue and Main Street.

9 a.m. -- Jonathan Wainwright VA Chapel, 77 Wainright Drive.

10 a.m. -- Ceremony at Blue Mountain Memorial Gardens, 300 S.E. Myra Road, College Place.

10:20 a.m. -- Ceremony at Fort Walla Walla Cemetery, 755 Myra Road.

11 a.m. -- Flag ceremony with all military service organizations at Mountain View Cemetery, 2120 S. Second Ave.

11 a.m. -- Ceremony at Mountain Hope Cemetery, Southeast Sixth Street, College Place. Presented by VFW Post 466.

Noon -- Ceremony and raising flag to full staff at Land Title Plaza.

3 p.m. -- Pause for "National Moment of Remembrance"

6 p.m. -- Flags retired from downtown.


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