Edmonds Military Wire: Is A Veterans Memorial Park coming to Edmonds?

Mike SchindlerBy Michael Schindler

Edmonds residents and the City Council may take honorable steps to name the SR104 mini park located at 131 Sunset Avenue Veterans Memorial Park. This is the hope of not only Edmonds VFW Post 8870 but a handful of other Edmonds residents who want to honor the memory of veterans who did and those “who continue to sacrifice much in the defense of liberty, freedom, and the American way.”

I say, “Great idea.”

In the words of Fred M. Apgar, Commander of the VFW Post 8870, “the creation of Veterans Memorial Park would serve as a demonstration of our community’s lasting gratitude.”

Education is behind this proposal as well. If the proposed name passes and the city embraces the idea, the VFW and American Legion have plans to establish an interactive monument in the park that would educate thousands of adults and youth who wait to catch the ferry every month on the history of our country and the important role our service men and women play in order to preserve our American way of life.

The mini park name is still up for vote and all suggested names will go to the Planning Board for consideration and a hearing – and from the hearing they will make a recommendation to the City Council.

Let your voice be heard before 4 p.m. on May 30, 2013.

Entry forms are available at the Frances Anderson Center, City Hall or online at parks.edmondswa.gov. Or, you can submit your name to parknaming@edmondswa.gov as long as you include the requested information on the entry form.

Bottom line: Let’s show our continued commitment and gratitude to our veterans and their families.

Michael Schindler, Navy veteran, and president of Edmonds-based Operation Military Family, is a guest writer for several national publications, author of the book “Operation Military Family” and “The Military Wire” blog. He is also a popular keynote and workshop speaker who reaches thousands of service members and their families every year through workshops and seminars that include  “How to Battle-Ready Your Relationship” or “What Your Mother-in-Law Didn’t Tell You.”  He received the 2010 Outstanding Patriotic Service Award from the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs.

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