The War Memorial in downtown Lake Stevens is more than just a thing of beauty or even a place to display the many flags that symbolize our country and state. The War Memorial is also the place where servicemen and women who have lived within the Lake Stevens and Granite Falls communities are honored for their willingness to serve their country.
Since 2001, the American Legion Post 181, has honored over 90 servicemen with flag lowering ceremonies.
“To honor our local veterans who have passed away, we conduct flag lowering ceremonies at the Lake Stevens War Memorial. The flags are lowered to half staff in accordance with a proclamation signed by the Mayor and for members of our Post, the veterans branch of service flag is retired and presented to the family,” American Legion Post 181 Preident Anthony Morea explains. “We want to ensure that we recognize and remember our veterans’ selfless service to our country. It is important that the community recognizes what these men and women have done to protect and secure the freedoms that we all share today.”
Legion’s members support the flag-lowering cermonies and want to give these men and women the recognition they deserve.
“We hold these ceremonies because The American Legion want to honor our veterans and their families,” Tom Thorleifson, Adjutant for American Legion Post 181 said. “We as a community need to remember that a veteran gave up a few years of his or her life to do what our country demanded. Without our veterans, individuals in this country would not be able to enjoy the freedoms we have today.”
Military personal from every branch of the military, serving in wars from World War II through the current War on Terror in Iraq, have been recognized and honored by our local American Legion charter.
In August alone, our local American Legion held flag lowering ceremonies for three soldiers.
Jimmie Joe Sahlbom who served in the United States Marine Corp. during World War II was remembered on Saturday, Aug. 1.
George Dahlquist’s flag lowering ceremony was held on Saturday, Aug. 15. Dahlquist served in both the Korea and Vietnam wars and was part of the U.S. Army (retired).
Ruby Roberts was a member of the U.S. Army Air Corp while serving in World War II. He was honored on Saturday, Aug. 22,
Lake Stevens Mayor Vern Little, along with friends and family and members of American Legion Post 181, attend each solemn event.
The American Legion will be holding a falg lowering ceremony for Russell Pierce, who served in both the Army and Air National Guard on Saturday, Sept. 12.
They will also be honoring Clarice Rudat, a World War II Army veteran sometime in Sept.