Memorial Trek 08

Pictures by Alison Sing, Board Treasurer

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Tradition began when Southern women began placing flowers on the graves of fallen soldiers as a way of remembering their loss ones.  This symbolic gesture was adopted by the US government to honor all fallen soldiers as a national remembrance of their individual sacrifice so that we could live free.


Washington State National Guard – Honor Guard Unit at parade rest following the ritual of raising and lowering the National Flag.  You will notice that the national flag is folded in the traditional triangle with the stars facing out.  Also, the M-16 used for the ceremony are stacked.

Formal presentation of the flag to family member (here represented by World War II vet (CHS Alumnus) followed by salute to the fallen member by the honor guard.
Emerson Elementary students and Cleveland alumni listening intently as program begins with emcee, Pat Coluccio explaining the services prior to opening prayer.
U.S. Flag being folded in the traditional triangle for presentation to a family member (usually a spouse) to commemorate the sacrifice of their loved one on behalf of a grateful nation.

Presentation of the US Flag to family member of fallen soldier.

Presentation of the American Flag to the audience.

Honor guard firing a salute to the fallen member being honor by the ceremony.  The brass of the fired bullets is collected and presented to the family member as a remembrance of our country’s respect to his or her sacrifice.


Bernie Moskowitz dressed in a replicate of a U.S. Civil War Uniform served as the official bugler.  Mr. Moskowitz serves as an official bugler at the Mount Tahoma National Cemetery in his spare time.  He explained the origin of Memorial Day to the students and audience.


Group photo of Emerson students with Honor Guard and Bugler.