Memorial Day services at Acacia and Holyrood this weekend

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Pond on Acacia grounds
Photo by Jerry Pickard
Acacia 14951 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park 98155

Throughout the weekend Acacia Cemetery will be at the ready to assist visitors. Girl Scouts from Western Washington Troop #42215 will be handing out flags and cooking hotdogs on Saturday. Boy Scouts from Lake Forest Park Troop #348 will be handing out flags and cooking hotdogs on Sunday and Monday.

The Annual Memorial Day Service will be held Monday morning at 11:00am out on the grounds of the memorial park. Chaplain (Colonel) Olen Crowe, USAFVR, Chief of Chaplains, 10th Regional Command, USV-JSC, will be sharing a Memorial Day Address. The Kenmore and District Pipe Band will provide music.

Holyrood grounds
Photo courtesy Holyrood
Holyrood Catholic Cemetery 205 NE 205th St, Shoreline 98155

As the country prepares to celebrate Memorial Day, Holyrood Catholic Cemetery will join thousands of Catholic Cemeteries across the United States in a national celebration, "Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes."

This national program, developed by the Catholic Cemetery Conference, will honor those men and women who died while serving in the armed forces, as well as recognize both our active military and military veterans who have served our country.

In Shoreline Rev. Vincent Gilmore will celebrate Mass at 10:30am on Monday, May 29. Active military and veterans are invited to participate and recite uniform intercessions followed by a moment of silence.

The local celebration will include Tribute boards where veterans, active military members and their families can write messages. These boards will be available in the week leading up to Memorial Day.

“We are excited to be participating in this heartfelt program and are glad to have the opportunity to give thanks to the military members and veterans within our community for their commitment and service,” said Richard Peterson, Director of Cemeteries of Associated Catholic Cemeteries, Archdiocese of Seattle). 
“We are inspired by these individuals and hope our participation in the ‘Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes’ program can be just one way to say thanks for all they have done for us”. 

“Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes,” encourages community involvement and participation and it is the hope of the program that this initiative will band together thousands of Catholic Cemeteries throughout the nation with past and current military members in this special celebration of remembrance.


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