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Memorial Day services at Forest Lawn recalled the sacrifice of those who died for our freedom | West Seattle Herald / White Center News Skip to Main Content Area Monday, May 29, 2017 | Clear sky, 64.4 °F search Letters Sign in Subscribe Contact Us Front Page News Features Sports Opinion Police Blotter Memorial Day flags in the Junction honor military service For the third year, American Legion Post 160 gathered volunteers ... Westside-O-Rama West Seattle Entertainment Guide Admiral Theater 2343 California Ave. S.W. 938-3456 Movie ... Tides turn back West Seattle By Tim Clinton SPORTS EDITOR West Seattle's ride through the ... Jean's View: Catastrophe hits Seattle By Jean Godden May is the month of lost cats in Seattle. ... Police Blotter week of 5-29-17 Ongoing investigation of homicide on Alki Detectives are still ... 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Patrick RobinsonWhite doves released at the Memorial Day service at West Seattle's Forest Lawn symbolized the spirits of fallen soldiers who died defending our freedom. Memorial Day services at Forest Lawn recalled the sacrifice of those who died for our freedom By Patrick Robinson 05/29/2017 updated 17 minutes ago Memorial Day at Forest Lawn was somber but sunny, emotional and factual as Keith Hughes, Commander of American Legion Post 160 and Commander Bill Skwiercz of VFW Post 2713 spoke for a crowd of approximately 120 gathered for the ceremony May 29. The Duwamish Dixieland Band played, Boy Scout Troop #2713 presented the colors, and Ross Hauck sang a stirring rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. Commander Skwiecz spoke about the reverberating pain of losing a family member, in his case, his brother and the effects on those who live on. Commander Hughes read the poem In Flanders Fields, a poem written on May 3, 1915 by Colonel John McCrae written to honor a fallen friend. Hughes became emotional recalling those he knew who had died during battle, and talked about the manner in which cemeteries in some foreign countries are treated as places of honor where children are taken to preserve the memory and teach them about those who came from another country to defend their freedom. Echoing Taps was played by Pete Kirkman and Al Kieth and white doves were released symbolizing the release of the spirits of those who died. Ross Hauck finished the program singing America the Beautiful. In Flanders Fields In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. 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