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American Legion Post 172 sponsors Memorial Day services
Memorial Day services sponsored by American Legion Colin Hyde Post No. 172 will take place at two locations on Monday, May 28.
The public is invited to attend the memorial ceremony at the high school to “honor our dead, remember the cause for which they fought and to affirm our trust in the future” said Bill Beck, Past Post Commander.
Starting at 10:45 a.m., Legionnaires, Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion members, local veterans and the public will meet at the Veterans Memorial at Bainbridge High School.
A very brief service will be conducted and individual members will decorate the area surrounding the monument with flowers and flags. The public is invited to bring flowers.
Immediately following the event, all Legionnaires, Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion members and invited guests will proceed to the post hall for the main program, which will start at 11:15 a.m.
This year’s guest speaker is the Rev. Nancy Tiederman, an assisting priest at Saint Barnabas Episcopal Church. An honor guard from Boy Scout Troop 1564 will raise the post flag at noon from half-staff to full-staff, concluding the day’s activities.
Additionally, the post extends a special invitation to all Iraq and Afghanistan veterans on or from Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap, as well as their families, to the post events.
Auxiliary Unit No. 172 will provide refreshments following the program.
The post is located at 7880 NE Bucklin Hill Road.
Besides their participation in the formal services, Legionnaires will also be responsible for decorating the graves of all known veterans with flags at the five Bainbridge Island cemeteries, plus the Saint Barnabus interium and the Bethany Lutheran columbarium.
Grave decoration will be on Saturday morning, May 26, and the flags will be removed on Monday evening, May 28.
American flags will also be put up along Winslow Way by Sons of the American Legion No. 172 members on Memorial Day. Islanders are also urged to display their flags at their homes and businesses to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.