As Veterans Day approaches, ideas for remembering those who have served

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This Thursday is the day to honor those who have sacrificed for our country. There is no school Thursday or Friday in Edmonds Public Schools, and it’s a day off work for many, so here are some suggestions for recognizing our veterans:

– Anytime between dawn and dusk, take a walk through the Edmonds Memorial Cemetery, located at 100th Avenue West and 15th Avenue West.  The Edmonds Cemetery doesn’t have a Veterans Day service (veterans are honored as part of the May Memorial Day ceremony), but there are over 400 hundred veterans buried there, from the Civil War, Spanish American War, WWI and WWII, the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War, American flags and white crosses are placed on the veterans’ graves for Nov. 11.

– Enjoy an evening performance as the 114-voice Sno-King Community Chorale presents its fifth annual Salute to America concert at 7:30 p.m., at Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410-4th Ave. N. Joining them again this year will be the popular Shoreline Concert Band, under the direction of Ken Noreen and assistant Scott Barnes. A special musical tribute will be presented to several veterans, who will be guests of honor at this year’s patriotic concert. The concert includes the traditional Presentation of the Colors, and all five branches of the armed forces will be represented and honored, both onstage and in the audience.

And, it’s not happening until the weekend, but the Edmonds Senior Center is hosting its USO Revue starring Joannie Schendel (Joannie Jackson of USO and Broadway fame). The performance includes a tribute to our men and women in the service, with all proceeds benefiting the Edmonds Senior Center. The show is Sunday, Nov. 14, from 2-4 p.m.  Refreshments will be provided. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the Edmonds Senior Center, 220 Railroad Ave. Call 425-774-5555 for more information.

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  1. A number of veterans from VFW Post 8870 will be attending school assemblies throughout the Edmonds School District on Tuesday and Wednesday at the invitation of the schools. The Post has veterans who were at Pearl Harbor and the Battle of the Bulge during WWII, Heartbreak Ridge in Korea, the Tet Offensive in Vietnam, Bora Bora in Afghanistan, and Fallujah in Iraq. VFW 8870’s veterans are available to speak to students any time an instructor requests a veteran.

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