West Seattle Memorial Day: Where to find American Legion poppies this weekend; traditional Forest Lawn service on Monday

Word of two Memorial Day traditions, from American Legion Post 160:

First, the post and Auxiliary Unit 160 will distribute Memorial Day poppies 8 am-4 pm both Saturday and Sunday at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) at California/Fauntleroy/Morgan. The poppies “honor the dead and help the living,” reminds the Post 160 announcement, which adds that the poppies “are made by hospitalized veterans in V.A. hospitals or nursing homes … All money received during the distribution of these poppies is returned to the veterans through service programs of the American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary. When you see someone offering a poppy, know that your donation helps veterans and wearing the poppy shows your support for those veterans.”

Then at 2 pm Monday, Post 160 presents the annual Memorial Day ceremony/service with, and at, Forest Lawn Cemetery & Funeral Home (WSB sponsor), which is in High Point at 6701 30th SW. All are welcome.

3 Replies to "West Seattle Memorial Day: Where to find American Legion poppies this weekend; traditional Forest Lawn service on Monday"

  • Betty at Alki May 22, 2015 (3:54 pm)

    I really hope the photographer from the West Seattle Herald will show a little more respect this year, if it’s the same guy.

    Last year he wore shorts, open sandals & a Seahawks T-shirt, then proceeded to take photos standing directly next to the gentleman playing Taps on his trumpet by the flagpole.

    The photographer really marred the view for the Veterans and families attending.
    FYI, all other photographers (i.e. Seattle Times, freelance photographers) wore suits or business casual dress and stayed a respectful distance AWAY from the trumpeter.

    • WSB May 23, 2015 (8:12 am)

      Hi there, we have absolutely no affiliation or contact with that organization – you might want to direct the complaint to them; I’m sure they have contact information online somewhere. Also, you could express your thoughts to those managing the event, as it’s up to them to set the rules for where photographers can go. A WSB crew always photographs and video-records this event every year (some years we have been the only ones) and as with other events, we do our best to not interfere with what’s happening, though we too have observed that some other members of our profession don’t always follow those same best practices. – TR

  • Betty at Alki May 25, 2015 (1:29 pm)

    Thanks, I sent an email on Friday to the West Seattle Herald editor. Did not get a reply. I’m heading out now, so we’ll see how it goes! ;-)

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