Memorial Day events planned around the Mid-Columbia

May 23, 2014 

Hopkins Memorial Flags

Chris Hopkins of Richland places flowers and flags Friday afternoon at three family grave sites at Sunset Gardens cemetery off the Bypass Highway in Richland. Hopkins said it's been a tradition for many years to decorate in honor of Memorial Day.


Several events are planned around the Mid-Columbia region in honor of Memorial Day . Here’s a list of some of them:

-- American Legion Post 34 plans a ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday at Columbia Memorial Gardens, 224 S. 24th Ave. in Pasco. Staff Sgt. Ulysses Wallace is the guest speaker. Lunch will be served at noon at the post, 1029 W. Sylvester Street in Pasco.

-- Hillcrest Memorial Center, 9350 W. Clearwater Ave., Kennewick, will have its Memorial Day balloon release from noon to 2 p.m. Monday. It will include a presentation at 1 p.m. and then the balloon launch. People also can pay tribute to their loved ones by writing their names on a remembrance tree. The event is meant to pay tribute to all loved ones who have died, whether they served in the military or not.

-- The Memorial Day Community Celebration sponsored by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7952, will be two days at Sunset Gardens, 915 Highway 240, the bypass highway, Richland.

Army Reserves Maj. Katherine Kennedy will speak. More than 1,000 flags will be flown and hot dogs and ice cream will be served.

The event is 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, with a releasing of doves at 11 a.m. Monday.

- Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5785 and several funeral homes plan two Memorial Day events Monday in Kennewick.

Services are at 9 a.m. Monday at Riverview Heights Cemetery at 10th Avenue and Olympia Street and also at 11 a.m. at Desert Lawn Memorial Park at 10th Avenue and Union Street.

A memorial complete with a 20-foot flag pole, the Eagle Scout project of Hunter Robbins, 14, of Kennewick, will be dedicated. To complete the memorial, Hunter bought a flag and arranged to have it flown over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. It will fly in Kennewick for the first time on Memorial Day.

- Benton City/Richland Post 115 of the American Legion plans its annual Memorial Day service at Evergreen Cemetery in Benton City beginning at 11 a.m. Speaker is Clint Didier. A potluck lunch will follow starting at 1 p.m. at Legion Hall at 908 Dale Ave.

-- The Walla Walla Veterans Affairs Medical Center plans its annual Memorial Day service at 9 a.m. Monday at the campus chapel at 77 Wainwright Drive.

Walla Walla Mayor Jerry Cummins, a 22-year Navy veteran, will speak. The event will include flowers donated by local veterans organizations, but guests also are welcome to bring their own flowers for distribution. Light refreshments will be provided after the service.

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