Local veterans are in the midst of preparations for a Memorial Day ceremony in Puyallup to honor fallen service members who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
Jack Taylor and Larry Heires are members of the Puyallup Valley Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2224, which puts on a Memorial Day ceremony of remembrance as well as a ceremony for Veterans Day every year.
Both Vietnam War veterans, Taylor flew in the U.S. Air Force and Heires served in the infantry of the U.S. Army. Both agree that they put on the Memorial Day service in honor of the service members who didn’t come home.
“All gave some, but some gave all,” Heires said.
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“It provides us with an opportunity to come together and remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, and share in a collective form of grief,” Taylor added.
For this year’s ceremony, the Puyallup VFW Post 2224 have invited U.S. Congressman Denny Heck, D-Olympia, and Pierce County Councilwoman Joyce McDonald to speak at Sunday’s ceremony.
Part of the ceremony, in addition to remembering those who lost their lives, will focus on educating the next generation of what it means to serve.
“We want to see the tradition carried on into the future,” Haires said. “We educate them about what we’re doing and why.”
In addition to speakers Heck and McDonald, the names of fallen service members from Puyallup will also be read. The Pierce College concert choir and the Clan Gordon Pipe band will perform as well.
The program is slated for 1 p.m. Sunday (May 29) at the Pavilion in Pioneer Park.