Video: New post commanders lead West Seattle Memorial Day 2013 @ Forest Lawn – ‘Remember their sacrifices’

May 27, 2013 at 4:04 pm | In Holidays, West Seattle news | 5 Comments

While this afternoon’s Memorial Day ceremony at Forest Lawn (WSB sponsor) represented the event’s 86th year, it was also a first, for new commanders Kyle Geraghty of American Legion Post 160 (below left) and Nick Sullivan of VFW Post 2713, both headquartered in The Triangle (below right):

The day’s persistent rain paused just before “Taps”; as we do each year, we recorded video of the ceremony in its entirety, as all were exhorted to remember the sacrifices made by those who served:

Tenor Ross Hauck sang the national anthem and “America the Beautiful“; Pete Kirkman and Greg Lyon echoed “Taps.” And as always, the flags and crosses marking veterans’ graves were the work of Boy Scout Troop 284.

5 Comments

  1. Way to go Nick and Kyle! Wish we could have been there with you, but at least I got to watch it here :)

    Comment by The Original MB — 4:38 pm May 27, 2013 #

  2. Thank you for taping the entire ceremony, WSB. I could not attend in person (although I was certainly there in spirit). Being able to see the ceremony via video was a gift.
    The “Echoing Taps” was especially poignant to me this listening. The overlapping melodies made me remember that many service people who died during active service did not do so alone-they were with buddies. Buddies who either died with them and passed together, or remained buddies even though separated by the firmament.
    RSVP. God’s grace and blessings to you. And thank you forever.

    Comment by norskgirl — 5:52 pm May 27, 2013 #

  3. We were there, and it was nice to see several other people took the time to honor those who made it possible for us all to have this day.

    Comment by Lisa — 6:14 pm May 27, 2013 #

  4. Beautiful ceremony!

    Comment by Rvesdocs — 8:12 pm May 27, 2013 #

  5. The wife and I especially enjoyed Russ Hauck’s wonderful voice as well as the very-moving “Echoing Taps”.

    And thank you Forest Lawn for a ‘squared away’ venue and the free coffee!!!

    See you again next year,

    A & M

    Comment by sbre — 8:36 pm May 27, 2013 #

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