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Memorial Day at Machias Cemetery

Lake Stevens Memorial Post 181 - Lake Stevens, WA

On Memorial Day, Legion and Auxiliary members worked with the Machias Cemetery Board to conduct a local ceremony to recognize those who died while serving their country. The veterans who served and have since passed away were also recognized. Over 100 people braved the cool day for the 30-minute service, starting promptly at noon with the playing of "To the Colors" as the U.S. Flag was raised back to full staff. The bugler played the National Anthem as everyone sang along. Names were read, the bell was tolled, and the honor guard responded with a 21-gun salute. "Taps" was played to conclude the service.

The Machias Cemetery is located a few miles south of Lake Stevens and is where many of the men whose names are on the Lake Stevens War Memorial are buried. The honor guard pictured consists of two active duty Navy, one active duty Army, one Vietnam Air Force, one Vietnam Army, two Vietnam Navy, one retired Navy, and one Grenada Navy. Photo was taken by Katherine Isom, Unit 181 Junior Auxiliary member.

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