Reminder: Edmonds Memorial Cemetery to hold Veterans Day tour

Joseph P. Theroux of the 15th U.S. Infantry served in the Spanish-American War. (Photo by Chad Emerson)
Joseph P. Theroux of the 15th U.S. Infantry served in the Spanish-American War. (Photo by Chad Emerson)

The Edmonds Memorial Cemetery will once again host a Veteran’s Day tour, during which attendees can learn and share information about the veterans buried there.

The tour will be lead by Dale Hoggins, Cemetery Board Member, and Betty Deebach Gaeng, Alderwood Manor Heritage Association member at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11. The cemetery identifies the burial sites of all veterans by marking them with a small American flag. There are over 400 veterans interred at the cemetery dating back to the Civil War (1862-1865.)

Highlights of the tour include life stories of war veterans buried at the cemetery as well as the first-time telling of the story unlocking the mystery of the unidentified headstones located by the flagpole.

Gaeng is the author/compiler of the book, “Etched in Stone,” detailing the history of the memorial monument located in front of the Edmonds Museum. The monument is inscribed with 79 names of Edmonds-area men who lost their lives during wartime since WWI. Hoggins is a long-time Edmonds Cemetery Board member who has an avid interest in local history. He has done extensive research on the pioneers of Edmonds and has led tours of the cemetery for the past 17 years.

The Edmonds Memorial Cemetery and Columbarium was founded in 1891 and in 1972 was placed on the Washington State Register of Historic Places. The mission of this historic cemetery is to preserve and maintain a peaceful resting place for the families and communities it serves.

For more information about the tour, call Hoggins at 425-776-1543.

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