American Legion, Boy Scouts salute Memorial Day on Bainbridge | Slideshow
May 26, 2009 · Updated 3:17 PM
Beginning with a brief ceremony at the Bainbridge High School Veterans Memorial, American Legion Post No. 172, Boy Scout Troop No.1564 and a crowd of islanders honored fallen service members Monday.
After a wreath was placed on the memorial, Legion Post Commander Bill Beck read the names of Bainbridge residents lost in combat. He reminded the gathering that there are still service members from the island deployed overseas.
"We don't have a fort anymore, and we don't have people stationed here, but we do have people from Bainbridge Island serving," Beck said.
Following the ceremony at the Veterans Memorial, the gathering moved to the Legion Hall, where Audrey Smith, a U.S. Navy Seabee reservist and Iraq war veteran, spoke.
Smith was deployed in Iraq for six months in 2006 as part of a support team on Air Force and Army bases. She said her deployment was an exhilarating time for her and other reservists.
"This is our adventure," she said. "We get a little tired of what we've been doing and then we come back and realize how great it is here. That we really do have a great country. That we really can't complain. All these little, trivial things that people complain about are really not important."
Smith said she had also gained a deep appreciation for those serving in Iraq.
"We still live our everyday lives, but we do think about the people we were with, and the people that we met there," she said. "And that's what's important, remembering it."
After taps sounded in the Legion Hall, the crowd moved outside, where members of Boy Scout Troop 1564 raised the flag from half-staff to full-staff.