A Veterans Day ceremony to honor America’s active duty military, military veterans and first responders will take place on November 11 at Sunset Hills Memorial Park, located at 1215 145th Place SE in Bellevue.
As one of the largest Veterans Day ceremonies in the state, all active duty military and military veterans will be honored by the traditional greeting and the exchange of salutes from respective senior branch officers, starting at 11 a.m.
Vietnam era veterans, and widows and mothers of deceased Vietnam veterans, will receive the Department of Defense 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War commemorative lapel pins.
Eastside Scouts of all ages will be present and will place over 3,200 American flags and poppies on the graves of veterans buried in the cemetery. This year’s ceremony focuses on women in uniform, and those in attendance include flag officers from various military branches; Bellevue Mayor Lynne Robinson; senior officers from the Bellevue Police and Fire Departments; and dignitaries from across Western Washington.
The celebration also involves senior military officers from each branch of service, University of Washington’s Air Force ROTC Color Guard, USO Director, a bagpiper, and a U.S. Navy bugler, among others.
All are welcome to attend the event, which is open to the public. This year’s ceremony is hosted by several organizations including the Sons of the American Revolution; American Legion Post #161; VFW Post #2995 and Sunset Hills Memorial Park.