Public invited to sponsor wreaths for Wreaths Across America event in Monroe Dec. 17

For the second year in a row, Monroe-based Ward Roney Jr. VFW Post 7511 and its auxiliary invite the community to usher in the holiday season by remembering the fallen heroes who fought for our freedom. The post is partnering with Wreaths Across America, a nonprofit organization that coordinates wreath-laying ceremonies at more than 3,400…

Operation Military Family receives donation from Comcast during Military Appreciaton Month

In honor of Military Appreciation Month in November, Comcast has again partnered with Edmonds-based Operation Military Family. Comcast has donated $20,000 and 200 laptops — along with a digital skills guide with each laptop —  to support military and veteran families in Washington. Comcast has a long history of supporting military families in communities. Since 2011,…

Edmonds Veterans Day observance honors sacrifices of service members and families

More than 75 veterans, their families and community members filled Edmonds Veterans Plaza Friday morning to honor and give thanks to those who have served in the military and to the military families who support them and sacrifice with them. After welcoming remarks from Carl Kurfess, Commander of VFW Post 8870 and the invocation by…

Veterans Day event at Edmonds Veterans Plaza Nov. 11

VFW Post 8870 and other local veterans are hosting a Veterans Day event at the Edmonds Veterans Plaza at 11 a.m. on Veterans Day — Friday, Nov. 11. Keynote speakers will be artist and U.S. Marine veteran Michael Reagan and veteran Mike Schindler of Operation Military Family. Civic leaders are expected to share a few…

Lynnwood’s Northwest Veterans Museum to be open on Veterans Day

The Northwest Veterans Museum will be open on Friday, Nov. 11, to celebrate Veterans Day. The museum is an all-volunteer nonprofit corporation dedicated to honoring those that have served in the nation’s military. The museum is located at Lynnwood’s Heritage Park, 19921 Poplar Way, Lynnwood. Veterans Day hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The museum’s…

Edmonds College to host 10th annual Veterans Day celebration on Nov. 8

Edmonds College will host its 10th annual Veterans Day celebration in person and virtually on Tuesday, Nov. 8. The event starts at 2 p.m. at the college’s Black Box Theatre and is free to the public. Veterans will be honored throughout the celebration, with special recognition given to Native American vets. Phill Allen, a U.S….

Gold Star Families Memorial Monument unveiled in Lynnwood

A monument dedicated to the families of fallen U.S. military members was unveiled Wednesday in Lynnwood’s newly redeveloped Veterans Memorial Park. Hundreds gathered in the park – located at 44th Avenue West and 194th Street Southwest – to witness the unveiling of the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument. Gold Star Families are those family members…

‘Did You Know’ program for veterans at Edmonds Food Bank Oct. 12

Matt Durkee, director of the Veterans Resource Center at Edmonds College, will speak about his work on military service members’ trauma as well as the student veterans transition process during a “Did You Know” program at the Edmonds Food Bank Wednesday, Oct. 12. The Edmonds Food Bank is partnering with Operation Military Family to offer regular…

VFW Post 8870 announces annual student essay contest

Edmonds-based VFW Post 8870 is again hosting an annual student essay contest, which is open to students residing in the Edmonds and Mukilteo school districts. Students attending private schools or being home-schooled are eligible to enter the contest. The Youth Essay Program is for students in grades 3, 4  and 5. An essay, not to…

Emergency funds available for military, veterans and their families

Edmonds-based Operation Military Family, in partnership with the Bob Woodruff Foundation, is providing emergency funds for food, utility and rental assistance for military, veterans, their families and their caregivers. Funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis and award amounts will be determined by the need. “We realize that with the rise in food costs,…

Heroes’ Cafe hosting a stand down for women veterans Sept. 15 in Lynnwood

The Heroes’ Cafe is hosting an event Thursday, Sept. 15 for female veterans, put on by Snohomish County’s Homeless Veterans Outreach Committee. Known as a stand down, the event will run from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 15 at New Life Church, 6519 188th St. S.W., Lynnwood. This is a female-only event, aimed at providing a…

High school football player turning tackles and sacks into support for veterans

Edmonds-Woodway High School senior and defensive linebacker Moses “Mojo” Martin is combining his respect for war veterans and his passion for football into a creative fundraiser aimed at supporting the Heroes’ Café program for local veterans. The Heroes’ Cafe provides a place where veterans can share common experiences and open up and get things off their…

Coast Guard veterans honored during Heroes’ Cafe meeting

Veterans  of the U.S. Coast Guard were honored during the monthly Heroes’ Cafe meeting Tuesday at New Life Church in Lynnwood. According to Heroes’ Cafe Director Gary Walderman, veterans are honored monthly — both by their branch of service and the war they fought in. Tuesday’s meeting was the Coast Guard’s turn because this branch…

Heroes’ Cafe receives $10K grant from Lynnwood Elks to help local veterans

Members of the Lynnwood Elks Lodge 2171 delivered some exciting news to attendees at the monthly Heroes Cafe luncheon Tuesday at Lynnwood’s New Life Church: The local Elks Lodge was able to secure a $10,000 Elks National Foundation grant to benefit local veterans. The Heroes’ Cafe is a widespread network aimed at supporting veterans across…

Edmonds American Legion Post 66 elects new slate of officers

Edmonds American Legion Post 66 recently elected a new slate of officers for the post to serve from August 2022 through July 2023. Elected were Gary Walderman as Post Commander, Les Abel as First Vice Commander, Phil Sacks as Second Vice Commander, Dan Mullene as Adjutant, Dick Thomas as Sergeant of Arms and Jim Traner…

Reminder: Veterans panel discussion, lunch at Edmonds Food Bank Aug. 10

The Edmonds Food Bank and Operation Military Family are partnering to present a panel discussion of Snohomish County veterans services on Wednesday, Aug. 10 at the food bank, 828 Caspers St. L100. Speakers include Lori Tiffin of the YWCA, Shawnlee Baza from the State Department of Veterans Affairs and James Armstrong, WorkSource/DVA. Coffee and baked…

July 13 event in Edmonds aims to connect veterans, community

Local nonprofits the Edmonds Food Bank and Operation Military Family are partnering to offer an educational event Wednesday, July 13 to connect veterans and other community members. The gathering will be at Edmonds Veterans Plaza, 5th and Bell, from 4-6 p.m. Ron Clyborne, who led the effort to establish a veterans’ memorial park in Edmonds, will…

Reminder: Veterans event at Edmonds Food Bank June 8

With the goal of connecting veterans and other community members, the Edmonds Food Bank is partnering with Operation Military Family to offer an educational speaker and refreshments on Wednesday, June 8. The event will be at the Edmonds Food Bank from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The speaker is Shellie Willis, a veteran, TEDx speaker and author, and…

Veterans host second Memorial Day ceremony at Edmonds’ Veterans Plaza

Local veterans gathered at Edmonds’ Veterans Plaza Monday afternoon to honor their fallen comrades in a short ceremony. Ron Clyborne, a Vietnam veteran, spoke about the efforts to create the memorial plaza dedicated to veterans, starting with a vision nine years ago followed by planning, fundraising and construction. Edmonds’ Veterans Plaza officially opened on Memorial…

‘Freedom is not free’: Hundreds honor the fallen at Edmonds Memorial Day ceremony

The traditional Memorial Day observance at the Edmonds Cemetery drew an estimated 200 attendees Monday, united to remember and honor members of the U.S. armed services who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation. “The Edmonds Cemetery is the final resting place to approximately 600 veterans dating back to the Civil War,” began…

Northwest Veterans Museum presents viewing of ‘The Midway’ on Memorial Day

The Northwest Veterans Museum in Lynnwood will be hosting a presentation and film viewing honoring the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Midway. The presentation will be held on Memorial Day, May 30, from 1-3 p.m. with a brief overview of the significance of the day, a slideshow presentation and a viewing of the film,…

Veterans distributing Buddy Poppies in Edmonds this weekend

As part of their Memorial Day observances to honor fallen soldiers, Edmonds Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 8870 will be distributing the Buddy Poppy at the Edmonds Westgate QFC as well as other nearby locations this Friday and Saturday, May 27-28. The VFW offers the Buddy Poppy free to wear in honor of the…

Edmonds College to host 9th annual Memorial Day Ceremony May 26

Edmonds College will host its ninth annual Memorial Day Ceremony both in person and virtually on Thursday, May 26. The public ceremony will start at 2 p.m. at the college’s Black Box Theatre, followed by a parade of veterans to the Boots to Books Monument at 2:45 p.m. “We are very proud to host our…