American Legion Post 172 announces Memorial Day ceremonies

Memorial Day services sponsored by Colin Hyde Post No. 172 will take place at two locations on Monday, May 26.

The general public is invited to attend the memorial ceremony at Bainbridge High School, the purpose of which is to “honor our dead, remember the cause for which they fought and to affirm our trust in the future.” Starting at

10:45 a.m., Legionnaires will gather with members of the American Legion Auxiliary and Sons of The American Legion, as well as local veterans and the public, at the Veterans Memorial at the school. There, a very brief service will be conducted and individual members will decorate the area surrounding the monument with flowers and flags. The public is especially invited to bring flowers for this purpose, as well.

Immediately following this event, the public and all Legionnaires, Auxiliary and SAL members and Boy Scout Troop 1564 are welcome to the post hall for the main program, which will start at 11:20 a.m. This year’s guest speaker is the Reverend Dennis Tierney, Rector of Saint Barnabas Episcopal Church on Bainbridge Island.

The Auxiliary will provide refreshments following the program.

Finally, 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.

The post hall is 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 St. Barnabas interium and the Bethany Lutheran columbarium.

Grave decoration will be Saturday morning, May 24,

and the flags will be removed on Monday evening, May 26, to allow families to remember their loved ones during the full holiday period.

American Flags will be put up along Winslow Way by SAL Squadron No. 172 members on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26. All Islanders are also urged to display their flags at their homes and businesses to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

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