Local veterans commemorate Flag Day at Edmonds City Park

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Old Glory proudly rises toward the top of the flagpole at Edmonds City Park on Sunday as members of Edmonds Post 8870 of the VFW render honors. Left to right, Al Starkenburg, Phil Sacks, John Shelton, Mike Denton (partially obscured), Carl Kurfess, Post Commander James Blossey, Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling and Les Abel.
Members of Edmonds VFW Post 8870 gathered at Edmonds City Park Sunday to raise the new flag on Flag Day. From left, Al Starkenburg, Phil Sacks, John Shelton, Mike Denton, Carl Kurfess, Post Commander James Blossey, Terry Crabtree, Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling and Les Abel. (Photo courtesy VFW Post 8870)

Ninety-nine years ago U. S. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed June 14 as Flag Day. It commemorates the adoption of the Stars and Stripes in 1777.

Edmonds Post 8870 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars marked the event Sunday by lowering the weathered existing flag in Edmonds City Park and raising a new and larger one in its place.

According to commander James Blossey, the 211-member Edmonds post has several members that are combat veterans of WWII as well as soldiers, sailors and airmen that participated in all wars and conflicts since then, including Afghanistan. Participants in this year’s Edmonds Flag Day ceremony included veterans of the Korean War, Vietnam War and the Iraq campaign.

Mayor Dave Earling and Parks Manager Rich Lindsay represented the City of Edmonds at the local ceremony.

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  1. Great to see Old Glory being taken care of with honor and respect at our City’s premier park! Thanks to all who participated. – Glenn Ledbetter, Edmonds resident

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