May 23, 2011 |

American Legion announces Memorial Day celebrations

Colors being presented at the beginning of 2010 Memorial Day service in downtown Lake Stevens.

American Legion Post 181 has several events going on over the Memorial Day weekend.

On Saturday, May 28, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. the Lake Stevens American Legion Post 181 along with the Women’s Auxiliary will be giving away poppies at various businesses throughout the community.

These poppies were handmade by disabled veterans and purchased by our local Legion post. Donations will be gladly accepted, and all money collected goes directly to veterans and veterans-related programs.

There are no salaries and no overhead because Post 181 is an all-volunteer organization. This is an opportunity for the community to respond to the local American Legion for the services they have been able to do this past year based on the previous generosity of our citizens.

If you are in the downtown area, Frontier Village area, or Tom Thumb at the south end of town, look for Legionnaires and Auxiliary members who will be offering you a poppy. Information about this tradition will also be available at each site.

On Monday, May 30 at 10 a.m. there will be a community-wide Memorial Day Service at the downtown Lake Stevens War Memorial, located at 1808 124th Ave. NE, Lake Stevens.

This is a full Memorial Day Service and will include lowering all flags to half staff, a speaker, reading the names of those engraved on the War Memorial and the playing of “Taps.”

For more information contact Tom at 425-314-5865.

Afterward at 12 noon there will be a Memorial Day Service at the Machias Cemetery.

This will also be a full service to include a 21-gun salute and the playing of “Taps.”

The Machias Cemetery is located above the town of Machias at 12th St. SE and 135th Ave. SE, about three miles south of Lake Stevens.

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