The seventh annual Arlington Northwest Memorial Display will be held Memorial Day weekend, May 25-27 this year once again at Cummings Park at 3939 Ruston Way.
The collection of symbolic grave markers will be hosted by Veterans for Peace Chapter 134 of Tacoma. The project is assisted by the group called “Federal Way Matters”, who have been involved in local peace activities for a number of years.
The assembly and break-down of the display has in the past been aided by Veterans for Peace volunteers from Bremerton, Port Townsend, Seattle, and Olympia. Volunteers are welcome to join set-up at dawn on Saturday morning, May 25 at 7 am, and break-down at dusk on the evening of Tuesday, May 28.
Chapter Vice-President Dave Dittemore will perform “Taps” on the hour on his trumpet, throughout each day of the display. The purpose of this educational event is to display the human costs of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and make it more meaningful to all who see it. The memorial this year will also include recognition of civilian deaths in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as suicides of American servicemen.
Admission is free to the public from dawn to dusk. This is a non-political display intended to inspire consideration on who pays and who profits from wars.
If you would like to help, or for further information, contact Dave Dittemore, chapter vice-president, at (253) 590-8501.