Groups gather island-wide to honor service members on Memorial Day

Whidbey Island residents will gather across the island this Memorial Day weekend to celebrate and honor those who have served in the military.

South Whidbey will celebrate Memorial Day with an event at 11 a.m. Monday, May 26 at Bayview Cemetery, at the intersection of Bayview Road and Howard Road.

This year the event is sponsored by the Marine Corps League and will be followed by a potluck at the American Legion South Whidbey Post 141, 14096 Highway 525, Langley.

Poppy Girls will also be in attendance selling poppies to support veterans.

Clinton Cemetery will also hold a service at 11 a.m. Monday, May 26. The cemetery is located next to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 6309 Wilson Place, Clinton.

Coupeville’s annual Memorial Day Parade starts 11 a.m. on South Main Street and ends at Coupeville Town Park.

Lynda Eccles from the Coupeville Chamber of Commerce said there are currently 75 entries, representing 52 organizations.

Beth Kuchynka from bayleaf is this year’s grand marshal, having won the business leadership of the year award through the chamber.

A Memorial Day service will be held Monday at Maple Leaf Cemetery in Oak Harbor at 10 a.m., followed by another at historic Sunnyside Cemetery in Coupeville at noon.

The ceremonies are hosted by the American Legion Post 129, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7392 and the Fleet Reserve.

Sunnyside Cemetery also will offer a guided tour on Memorial Day by Sally Straathof, along with local historian Roger Sherman, from 1-2 p.m. A tour pass is $5, which benefits the Island County Historical Society Museum.


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