Fallen veterans being remembered at Seattle cemetery

SEATTLE — People across America are remembering service men and women, who died defending our country.

Evergreen Washelli Cemetery in Seattle is one place where fallen veterans are remembered on Memorial Day each year.

The cemetery held its annual Memorial Day Flag Placement at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery at 7 a.m. Monday.

Veterans, scout groups, churches, local organizations and families placed flags at each of the 5,000 markers there.

There will also be a concert at 1:30 p.m. followed by a Service of Remembrance at 2 p.m.

This year there are two keynote speakers: Lt. General Gary Volesky of Joint Base Lewis-McChord and artist Michael G. Reagan of the Fallen Heroes Project.

Volesky is the Commanding General of I Corps and JBLM, as well as an officer and decorated combat veteran.  Artist Michael Reagan, a veteran himself, does portraits of fallen service members to help with their families’ healing, the cemetery said.

Following the Memorial Day service, Washelli offers a guided tour where visitors can learn about the lives of the Medal of Honor recipients who are buried there.

The tour, which begins at the Doughboy Statue in the Washelli Veterans Cemetery, will begin at 3:15 p.m.