A crowd of more than 50 veterans, elected officials and citizens gathered on Memorial Day in the plaza of the Edmonds Public Safety building to dedicate the area to the remembrance of our fallen armed forces members.
“Up until now, Edmonds has been one of the few communities without a memorial to our fallen military,” said Ron Clyborne, head of the committee whose 14 months of hard work made this memorial a reality. “Well, not any more! Today we dedicate this plaza as a permanent place to honor our military.
“The plaque we unveil today is a beautiful start, but there is more to come,” he said. “The committee will move on to raise funds and plan for additional monuments that will honor our veterans in perpetuity.”
Edmonds City Councilmember Strom Peterson, a member of the Veterans Memorial Committee, praised the support from the City of Edmonds that made the project possible. “It wouldn’t have happened without the enthusiastic support of the Edmonds Parks Department and numerous others,” he said. “It was one of those times when government moved quickly and efficiently. We owe you all a debt.”
Fred Apgar, commander of VFW Post 8870, elegantly summed up the deeper meaning of this memorial. “They gave up their tomorrows so we might have today.”