Peninsula marks Memorial Day with observances from Surfside to Ilwaco

Eagle Scout Jason Huntley played “Taps” at the First Annual Oysterville Ritual of Remembrance, Memorial Day 2010.

PENINSULA — This Memorial Day, members of American Legion Don R. Grable Post #48 and Auxiliary Unit #48, the Charles B. Strauhal Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3721 will stand together, along with members of Elks Lodge (B.P.O.E. 1937) and others to pay tribute to our nation’s injured and fallen.

“Memorial Day is the day Americans set aside to honor those brave men and women who met tragic ends or were injured while defending our freedom. It is our duty to honor their sacrifices, to pray for their families, and to bow our heads in recognition of their service,” the veterans groups said in a press release. “We invite all to join us on Monday, May 29, during one of the observances below in remembrance of those who paid the price for our freedom. We must never forget.”

On May 29, observances will begin at the Surfside Veterans’ Park (306th PL & “I” Street) at 8:30 a.m., then continue at Oysterville Cemetery (on Davis Hill just west of the Oysterville Store) at 9 a.m., Ocean Park Cemetery at 9:30 a.m., and Lone Fir Cemetery at 10:15 a.m. The main program will be at the Ilwaco Cemetery at 11 a.m., followed by an observance at the Black Lake Memorial.

Immediately after the Black Lake observance, all are invited to the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum in Ilwaco for a program and lunch provided by the Elks and American Legion and its Auxiliary.

For more information, call American Legion Post 48 Commander Ron Robbins at 360-931-3995 or Auxiliary President Georgia Bell at 360-484-3662.

The Eighth Annual Oysterville Ritual of Remembrance begins with the veterans groups’ traditional salute to men and women who died while in our country’s armed forces. A short program by Oysterville residents will follow.

Immediately afterward, remembrance activities will continue at the Oysterville Church. There, in well-established Memorial Day tradition, Dobby Wiegardt will read the Gettysburg Address, Nyel Stevens will recite “In Flanders Fields” and the Bayside Singers will present a short program of patriotic hymns and songs. A yearly favorite during this portion of the morning’s activities is having veterans stand as their service’s anthem is sung by the entire audience.

At 10 a.m., brunch will be served at the schoolhouse to all participants and attendees. Host and hostess Hal and Diane Buttrell suggest that everyone stop for a few moments on their walk from church to school for the traditional Memorial Day cannon salute by The Honorary Oysterville Militia.

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