Whatcom County residents will have several options to honor the men and women who have served their country on Monday, May 27, for Memorial Day. These ceremonies are open to the public and free to attend.
FESTIVAL OF FLAGS
Greenacres Memorial Park, corner of Axton and Northwest roads, Ferndale.
This year's event, presented by American Legion Post No. 7, is called "A Salute to the Women Who Made Our Freedom Possible." The service will start at 1 p.m. with a concert featuring an all-female barbershop group, Valley Voices Acappella Chorus.
A remembrance ceremony at 2 p.m. will include talks from PTSD expert Bridget Cantrell and Navy pilot Lt. Sasha Frankhouser. At 3 p.m. there will be a reception honoring Pearl Harbor survivors. Free refreshments will be available.
CITY OF BELLINGHAM
Sunnyland Memorial Park and Bayview Cemetery
The city and American Legion Post No. 7 will host two services: a 9 a.m. service at Sunnyland Memorial Park and an 11 a.m. service at the Veterans' Plaza in Bayview Cemetery, with music starting at 10:45 a.m. Both services will include music featuring vocalist Wendy Donaghy, the Bellingham Alumni Band and the Bellingham Pipe Band, as well as a wreath-laying ceremony.
The Sunnyland event will include master of ceremonies Herb Porter and speaker Sam Raines, a retired Army colonel. The Bayview event will feature Whatcom County Council member Kathy Kershner as speaker and master of ceremonies.
7041 Vista Drive, Ferndale
Ferndale American Legion Post 154 will host a short memorial ceremony at 11 a.m., featuring Tom Darling, state chaplain for the Veterans of Foreign Wars, music, and a presentation of the colors. The cemetery will be decorated with an avenue of American flags to commemorate the holiday.
HOVANDER HOMESTEAD PARK
5299 Nielsen Ave., Ferndale
The Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 165, will host a Memorial Day service at 4:30 p.m. at the Vietnam memorial at the park. Speakers at the ceremony will include Whatcom County Superior Court Judge Ira Uhrig and U.S. Rep Suzan DelBene, with musicians performing as well. The service will last about an hour, followed by a potluck picnic hosted by the chapter in the park pavilion. Main dishes and drinks will be provided, with guests encouraged to bring side dishes.
Lynden Cemetery and Greenwood Cemetery
Two separate services will begin at 10 a.m. at Lynden Cemetery on Front Street and 1:30 p.m. at Greenwood Cemetery on East Wiser Lake Road. Both events will have Sheriff Bill Elfo as the main speaker and Lynden Mayor Scott Korthuis as the closing speaker, as well as a 21-gun salute and a wreath-laying ceremony.
The Lynden Middle School band will perform at the Lynden ceremony; the Meridian Middle School band will perform at Greenwood. Parking at Lynden is available in the lot next to the cemetery courtesy of WTA. At Greenwood, people can park at the fire station adjacent to the cemetery.
Also at Lynden Cemetery, local Masons will have a brief memorial ceremony at 7 a.m. for Masons buried there.
Reach Zoe Fraley at 360-756-2803 or email@example.com.