On May 28th 2018, Memorial Day, a crowd estimated at 350 gathered once again at scenic Claquato Cemetery to honor the memory of those veterans of all military branches who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Throughout the history of our nation American patriots have traveled the world to provide for the defense of freedom and liberty.
This year’s guest speaker was USN Boatswain Mate Craig Robinson. BM Robinson, while serving aboard the USS New Jersey off the coast of Lebanon, volunteered to assist in the search for survivors and the recovery of remains after the bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut on October 23, 1983.
Additionally, Chip Duncan, the Veterans Memorial Museum Executive Director, offered several accounts of service members who gave their lives to protect their comrades in arms for the cause of freedom.
Chaplain Stan Baker, a US army veteran serving two tours in Vietnam provided heartfelt opening and closing prayers. Carrie Otterness sang the National Anthem and shared a song that she composed, thanking our veterans. Special thanks to the Chehalis and Centralia American Legion Posts for providing the presentation of colors, the 21 gun salute and taps.
Following the Claquato service at 2:00 p.m. a tree of Life ceremony was conducted at the Veterans memorial Museum.
Please see the video of the program below.