Whatcom County offers several Memorial Day options to honor the men and women who have served their country.
These Monday, May 26, ceremonies are open to the public and free to attend.
CITY OF BELLINGHAM
9 a.m. at Sunnyland Memorial Park and 11 a.m. at Veteran's Plaza in Bayview Cemetery.
The city and American Legion Post No. 7 will host two services. Both will include master of ceremonies Father Chuck Whitmore and a wreath-laying ceremony as well as music featuring vocalist Sonia Alexis, the Bellingham Alumni Band and the Bellingham Pipe Band.
The Sunnyland event will feature keynote speaker Kathy Kershner, a former County Council member and retired Navy veteran. The Bayview event will include keynote speaker Steven Mura, a retired Whatcom County Superior Court judge.
7041 Vista Drive, north of Ferndale
Starting at 11 a.m., the cemetery will host its annual remembrance service, with Bo Martin, a veteran of the war in Afganistan, serving as guest speaker. The ceremony will include a color guard, poems and flags marking the graves of veterans at the cemetery.
ALBERT J. HAMILTON AMERICAN LEGION POST NO. 7
1688 W. Bakerview Road.
From noon to 1 p.m., the American Legion Post No. 7 will be serving soup, cornbread and rolls. Donations welcome.
FESTIVAL OF FLAGS
Greenacres Memorial Park, 5700 Northwest Drive, Ferndale.
From 1 to 3 p.m., Greenacres will host the Festival of Flags, featuring a flyover, speeches and a gun salute. The event will include tributes to the price of freedom, a remembrance ceremony and a reception.
FERNDALE VETERANS SALUTE
Hovander Homestead Park, Ferndale.
Vietnam Veterans of America will hold a 4 p.m. ceremony at the Vietnam Memorial, followed by a communitywide picnic at 5 p.m. in the park pavilion. All are welcome, and many people go from the Festival of Flags to this event.
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 state Rep. Vincent Buys, R-Lynden, as the main speaker and Whatcom County Sheriff Bill Elfo as the closing speaker, as well as a 21-gun salute and a wreath-laying ceremony.
Parking at the Lynden Cemetery is available in the lot next to the cemetery. At Greenwood, people can park at the fire station next to the cemetery.
The Lynden Middle School band will perform at the Lynden ceremony; the Meridian Middle School band will perform at Greenwood.
Reach Elana Pidgeon at 360-715-2249 or firstname.lastname@example.org.