Our Memorial Day Ceremony is a time for us to honor the brave men and women who made the supreme sacrifice in order to preserve our freedom, and all who served but are no longer with us. It’s an opportunity to recognize our students, staff and faculty who wore the uniform and those who continue to serve. It's a time for us to come together to support family members from our campus who have lost loved ones in the service of our country, whether they fell on the field of battle or after their active service ended. We will have a video presentation featuring their pictures and stories. We will be hosting service members from all branches of the Military, as well as Veterans from service organizations across our community including Veterans of Foreign Wars, The American Legion, and the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Please join us in welcoming them to our campus and providing any assistance they may require to locate our ceremony.
Our ceremony, led by Master of Ceremonies, Korean War Veteran and Post Commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8870 Jim Blossey will begin in the theater. We will feature outstanding guest speakers including Lynnwood Mayor Nicola Smith, Campus President Dr. Jean Hernandez, and keynote speaker RaeLynn Ricarte. Ms. Ricarte is an award-winning journalist and author of “Living the Oath,” stories told by 29 warriors and their families about service and sacrifice. We will have special musical performances by Linda Kappus' Voice Class, bagpiper Kyle Gaul from the Northwest Junior Pipe Band, Native American Flute Player Peter Ali, and World War II Veteran Colonel Buck Weaver, USAF (Ret.) who will lead us in "America The Beautiful." After our ceremony in the theater, we will have a procession led by a colorguard, bagpiper and a golf cart patriotically decorated by Girl Scout Troop 40252 to our Boots to Books Monument where we will lay a wreath created by Linda Toccoli from the Campus Horticulture Department. Following the wreathlaying we will have a reception with light refreshments in the BlackBox Theater and a display of military artifacts ranging from World War 1 to modern times.