Memorial Day - A Service of Remembrance

Veterans Not Forgotten, Memorial Day 2022:
A Service of Remembrance
Oak Harbor, WA, May 30, 2022, 10 am

The Oak Harbor Lions Club and VFW Post 7392 team up to remember Memorial Day this year with the Lions fourth annual Service of Remembrance. The ceremony at Oak Harbor’s Maple Leaf Cemetery, 1961 NE 16th Ave, begins promptly at 10 am, with doors at 9 am. All community members are welcome to join us in person for our traditional and reverent Service of Remembrance, or online for our live broadcast (md22.ohlions.org).

Keynote speakers include Major General Patricia Rose, US Air Force (Ret.) and Commodore Christopher Bahner, Commander, Electronic Attack Wing, Pacific Fleet. Colors will be presented by OHHS NJROTC, ORION Sea Cadets, and Sons of the American Revolution with Patriot Guard Riders at attention. Live music by local artists and the Scottish American Military Society. A traditional VFW, Legion, and Fleet wreath laying ceremony is included. The ceremony is scheduled to conclude with NAS Whidbey Island VAQ-132 Missing Man Formation flyover.

In 2021, more than 450 people attended the ceremony at Maple Leaf in person. When parking, please look for lot attendants and plan on walking to the event space. Golf cart escorts will be available to those who need assistance getting to the site.

In addition to the Maple Leaf Service, Sunnyside Cemetery, 90 Cemetery Rd, Coupeville will have a short, traditional wreath laying service held at 1:00 pm with VFW, Legion, and Fleet.

Community volunteers wanted: Saturday, May 28 and Tuesday May 31 at 10 am, at Sunnyside and Maple Leaf cemeteries concurrently to assist American Legion with Flag-In. Sign-up not required. Questions, please contact American Legion 360-675-2411. Join Legionnaire volunteers supported by Sons of the American Revolution to place and then retrieve flags at veteran graves throughout both cemeteries.

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The Oak Harbor Lions Club has approximately thirty members and meets on Wednesdays at 7 pm at Elks Club. Internationally, Lions are focused on supporting vision, the environment, childhood cancer, hunger, diabetes and other pressing humanitarian needs to help address some of the biggest challenges facing humanity. For more information or to get involved with the Oak Harbor Lions Club, please contact Bobbi Lornson at 360-320-7066.

According to Event Coordinator Kelly Davidson of Oak Harbor Lions Club, “Donations from the event allow us to meet pressing needs in our community for Oak Harbor Lions, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Fleet Reserve. Lion members thank everyone who contribute to this important work – you are truly helping Lions make a difference in our community.”

Interested in sponsoring our ceremony? Red, white, blue, and star level sponsorships are available. Donations of $250 or more may be made in memory or in honor of your Veteran. Event proceeds will be shared with VFW, Legion, Fleet, and Oak Harbor Lions Club. Donations received by May 20 will be recognized in printed materials. Donations can be made online here: http://tiny.cc/lionsmd22. For event questions or donation assistance, please contact Kelly Davidson kelly@wallinfuneralhome.com 360-675-3447.

2022 MemDay poster
Please note, poster was printed prior to state outdoor mask mandate lifting. During event, mask usage will be according to current guidelines.