“On this day, we come together to commemorate and salute the service and remember the sacrifice or our men and women in uniform of every generation and honor all who served, in war and peace.” (from Department of Veterans Affairs)
We commemorate on this day because the Armistice with Germany was the 11th hour of the 11th day in the 11th month in 1918… so take a moment to reflect at 11:00 this morning
On (or about) Memorial Day and Veterans day I do a sketch in honor of veterans and use the time to also be mindful of the sacrifices made by those in uniform.
There was bright sun and it wasn’t too cold yesterday morning so I took the opportunity to do my commemorative sketch at Tahoma National Cemetery.
This is a section of the Columbarium at the cemetery. The red dot on the right hand wall is a flower attached to the marker.
Earlier that morning, I’d done an errand at the Museum of Flight. I stopped to chat with one of my co-voluneers. He is a retired Marine. When I told him I was next on my way to the VA Cemetery, he knew nothing about it OR his eligibility for benefits!!!!
With my VA Social Worker hat on, and as a Public Service Announcement: Any veteran may be buried at a National Cemetery, at no cost to the family. Some veterans may also be eligible for a burial allowance. Go here for more information.