Myra Rintamaki placed the first wreath on the memorial in memory of her son, Steven, who lost his life in 2004 in the Gulf War. She is accompanied by Mike Reagan of the Fallen Heros Project. Reagan, who draws portraits of fallen military heros, had earlier presented Rintamaki with a portrait of her son. The wreath was made by students in the Edmonds Community College horticulture program. (Photos by Larry Vogel)
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.
Ron Clyborne headed up the committee that planned, designed and raised funds for the Edmonds Veterans Memorial. “It’s about remembering,” he said. “We will always remember the men and women — past, present and future — who serve in our armed forces.”
“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 praised the work of the City of Edmonds and particularly Parks Director Carrie Hite for their invaluable assistance in making the memorial a reality.
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.”
Fred Apgar, commander of VFW Post 8870, summed up the deeper meaning of the memorial: “They gave up their tomorrows so we might have today.”
As the wreaths were lain, Marine First Sergeant Chris Edward joined Officer Debbie Dawson of the Edmonds Police Department for “echo taps” where two bugles echo notes from either side of the gathering.
Myra Rintamaki talks with State Senator Marko Liias at the conclusion of the ceremony.
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