The Arlington of the West

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I just returned home from Veteran’s Day services held at Evergreen Washelli. Known as the “Arlington of the West,” this magnificent 144 acre gem gives rest to 5,000+ soldiers who served in World War II, Korean, and the Vietnam War.

HISTORICAL ROCK STARS

Many of the interred fell at historical milestones such as The Battle of the Bulge and Salerno. With its 5,000+ white marble headstones, chimes tower, the infamous “Doughboy” statue by Alanzo Victor Lewis circa 1921, a columbarium holding approximately 30,000 persons, and a stoic totem pole humility is easily served.

Prior to the ceremony, I had the pleasure of meeting Jim – a merchant marine who shipped soldiers and ammunition back and forth during the Korean War. There were hundreds more like Jim around the premise. It’s with great honor to participate in the ceremony while paying respects to those who served and are currently serving.

SPEAKERS

A heartfelt speech given by Colonel Jan Moore-Harbert, USAFR Commander 446th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington gave praise to the 25 million veterans currently living in the U.S., the historical significance of Evergreen Washelli, and the current struggles in U.S.wars spanning the globe set the tone for the rest of the afternoon.

Alternatively, congressman Jay Inslee, gave a speech that quickly turned political and, frankly, turned my stomach. He touched on the high unemployment rate of the veterans in the U.S. and elaborated about how Michelle Obama is taking this on as a personal initiative. Really? Why isn’t Congress? Mr. Inslee’s speech was grossly misplaced, misguided, and completely inappropriate given the occasion. Keep political banter off hollowed ground. Upon wrapping up his dribble, the audience granted Mr. Inslee an awkward applause.

GRATITUDE

Thank you to all of men and women who have sacrificed so much in service of their country. All American’s are in eternal debt and, in one way or another, give our deepest sentiments of gratitude.

3 Responses So Far... Leave a Reply:

  1. Matt says:

    Deja vu all over again. Keep the comments coming, again and again. :>)

  2. Matt says:

    Thank you so much for the kind words. It is visitors like you that recharge my batteries and further motivate to contribute through my writing. Thank you so much for sharing my blog too. The best to you and your endeavors!

  3. Chris Monroe says:

    Those of us that haven’t served can, at least, thank those that have. Cool article. Hope it gets around.