Wreath ceremony honors local veterans

Scout Troop 909 presents the colors to start the ceremony. Garrett Stanley

By Garrett Stanley

A sunny but cold Saturday morning, Dec.11, saw Woodinville community members gather at the Woodinville Cemetery to honor the military veterans no longer with us. The event was hosted by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR).

Regent for the Susan Woodin Chapter of the NSDAR, Tracy Saks, led the ceremony with 64 people in attendance.

“We call this honoring our veterans,” Saks said. “We sponsor wreaths to place on graves of the veterans in our cemetery.”

The veteran wreath ceremony is an annual event. Linda Gould of the Susan Woodin Chapter was excited the event could be held in person this year.

“This is our 6th year and of course, last year we couldn’t have a public ceremony,” Gould said. “So, we still honored our veterans by sponsoring wreaths. The board members and I laid the wreaths.”

The ceremony opened and closed with a playing of Taps performed by local musician Sammy Chen. Scout Troop 909 was on hand to post the flag in a color guard ceremony and Girl Scout Troop 44537 handed out the wreaths to attendees.

There was a lot of emotion in the air as the ceremony commenced. Veterans from the different military branches hung symbolic remembrance wreaths to honor the service of those no longer here. A wreath was also hung for the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marines. A final wreath hung by Gould honored those whose last known status was a prisoner of war or missing in action.

“Personally, it’s important because my second cousin is missing in action from World War II,” Gould said. “He was a marine in the Battle of Iwo Jima, and he lost his life and his body was never recovered.”

The attendees also laid wreaths on the graves of veterans in the cemetery, which white crosses had marked.

Saks believes this event is essential to do every year.

“I think that especially now, all these veterans went away from their families to serve, and it’s because of them that we have freedoms today, and we just want to honor that,” Saks said.

Gould said the ceremony is something all can rally around.

“I think it’s something that the whole community can come together on.”

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