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Memorial Day observances abound in Kitsap

Flags will be unfurled, wreaths placed at graves and tears will flow as “Taps” is played at Memorial Day events Monday, May 27 throughout Kitsap County.

Here is a list of known Memorial Day commemorations:

n Retsil Veteran’s Home: A Mem-orial Day ceremony to pay tribute to fallen veterans will be held at 10 a.m. at the Washington Veterans Home at Retsil, 1141 Beach Drive in Port Orchard. The ceremony is open to the public and will include John King, director of the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs as speaker. The Clam Island Band and Kitsap High School Sign Choir will provide the music, the South Kitsap High School NJROTC will join the Knights of Columbus as color guard, and VFW Post 2669 will fire a rifle salute.

• USS Turner Joy, Bremerton: An event sponsored by the Bremerton/Olympic Peninsula Chapter of the Navy League of the United States, begins 10 a.m. aboard the ex-USS Turner Joy along the waterfront boardwalk. Speaker will be Cmdr. George Ridgeway of the Subase Bangor Chapel. A rifle squad from the Bangor Marine Corps Security Force will also assist as will members of the Sea Cadets Honor Guard. Chapter President Vern Young, a retired Navy captain, will throw the ceremonial wreath into the waters of Sinclair Inlet. Refreshments will be served afterwards. Open to the public.

• Forest Lawn Cemetery, Bremerton: Branch 29 of the Fleet Reserve Association of Bremerton along with the Ladies Auxiliary of FRA Unit 29 hosts a joint Memorial Day Service at 11 a.m. at Forest Lawn Cemetery, 5409 Kitsap Way (just south of Miller-Woodlawn Cemetery) in Bremerton. Upon entering the cemetery, veer right until you near the flag pole surrounded by a hedge where the FRA Branch 29 plots and services will be held. Capt. Dan Cloyd, commanding officer of the supply ship USS Sacramento will be guest speaker. The services will be supported by the USMC Security Force Co., Bangor Subase Rifle Team and a Navy Band Northwest bugler. This Memorial Day service is open to the public.

• Ivy Green Cemetery, Bremerton: Veteran’s of Foreign War District No. 4 and local VFW Post 239 will host a ceremony at Ivy Green Cemetery at 1 p.m. The cemetery is near the intersection of Naval Avenue and 12th Street in Bremerton. Capt. Wayne Radloff, comptroller at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard will be guest speaker along with Cmdr. Marci Pinkerton, executive officer of Naval Station Bremerton. Members of the Royal Canadian Legion will be attending from British Columbia. Particularly poignant moments at this ceremony are a bugler playing Taps and Amazing Grace played by a kilted bagpiper.

• Poulsbo: VFW Post 2463 and American Legion Post 245 will conduct an

Observance at Poulsbo Waterfront Park, Kvelstad Pavillion on May 27 at noon. Guest speaker is Jack Hamilton, retired naval submarine

officer and former Kitsap County Freeholder. Patriotic music will be

provided by the NK High School Band. There will be an all-services color

guard as well as a rifle firing team. Coast Guard Flotilla will be on hand for

a ceremonial wreath laying on Liberty Bay.

• Bainbridge Island: Memorial Day Services sponsored by American Legion Colin Hyde Post No. 172 will be held at two locations May 27. At 10:45 a.m., legionaires, auxiliary members and friends will meet at the Veterans Memorial on the Bainbridge High School campus. The public is encouraged, including surviving family members of Bainbridge Island war dead. Then, the public is invited to proceed to the post hall on Bucklin Hill Road for the main program at 11:15 a.m. This year’s guest speaker will be Rev. Webster Barnett, assisting priest at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church. Barnett served with the 10th Mountain Division in World War II.

As this is the first Memorial Day since Sept. 11, the post will remember those who died on that tragic day, as well as the 48 American servicemen and women who have died in Operation Enduring Freedom, the nation’s ongoing response to the terrorist attacks.

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