Dwight Stevens honored with a 96th birthday party in his cul de sac

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Dwight Stevens held court from his bedchamber
wife Helen holds one of the posters
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

A downpour only slightly dampened spirits at the 96th birthday party for Shoreline resident Dwight Stevens on Saturday, May 2, 2020.

Stevens, who is confined to bed following complications from a leg fracture which required extensive surgery, was delighted at the turn out in his cul-de-sac.

His guests lined up to speak with Dwight
through his bedroom window
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

He did have some difficulty recognizing his guests, as they were all masked. But they lined up to visit with him through his bedroom window and he enjoyed the conversations.

Dwight has been a community volunteer for over a quarter of a century. He is the founder of the Echo Lake Neighborhood Association and led it for almost ten years. A WWII B-17 pilot with the 8th U.S. Army Air Corps who flew regular missions from England to Russia, he is active in the American Legion Starr Sutherland Jr. Post 227, and a founder of the Shoreline Veterans Association.

Dwight's son Lee shows him his personal cake
Photo by Jerry Pickard

He was a driving force behind the Shoreline Veterans Recognition Plaza by City Hall and was still selling memorial bricks for the Plaza at events last year.

So on Saturday a few of his friends from the Shoreline Veterans Association and his neighbor Doug Cerretti planned to gather in his cul de sac near Echo Lake to present him with a flag for his flagpole and give him a birthday cake.

County Councilmember had just arrived and hadn't yet
masked up when this photo was taken
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

But word got out and the gathering ended up attracting 40-50 well-wishers. Invited dignitaries included Mayor Will Hall and County Councilmember Rod Dembowski who helped Dwight with funding for the Shoreline Veterans' Recognition Plaza.

The cupcakes were made by the Edmonds Bakery and decorated
with the logo of the 8th Air Force, Dwight's WWII unit
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Guests were served cupcakes decorated with Dwight's 8th Air Force WWII logo. Dwight was given a small cake of his own with similar decorations. All were made by Ken Bellingham of the Edmonds Bakery.

There were posters, gifts, cards, balloons and well wishes.

Guests stand at attention for the dedication of the new flag
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

During the event a new flag was installed and dedicated on the flagpole the veterans installed in the Stevens' yard last March. The flag was flown in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom before it was given to Dwight.

This year's cake was a personal size!
Photo by Jerry Pickard

Organizer Richard B. White said that "When we did Dwight’s 95th Birthday Celebration in 2019, his wife Helen requested No More than six people, which we honored. This year I called Helen and said, 'I am going to be going to Costco to Order a Sheet Cake like I did last year.' Helen said, 'Oh I think just a cupcake would be adequate.' I said, 'Well we are going to have 175 People in your front yard!!' Helen said, 'WHAT?!?!' and I started laughing so Helen knew I was kidding.

Richard's comment to Dwight at the end of the party was, "Okay Sir, next year we are going to be doing the same thing all over again, and I expect you to be here to Fully Participate!!"

--Diane Hettrick


Anonymous,  June 16, 2020 at 4:18 PM  

What a wonderful idea! I wish I had known about it, I would have driven over to Shoreline. Thanks for capturing the moment, Diane!!!

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