Lynnwood’s new sign honoring local veterans will be unveiled in a ceremony on Monday, March 7 at 1 p.m.
The sign will be located near the intersection of 200th Street Southwest and 44th Avenue West.
According to city officials, the sign symbolizes that Lynnwood is a veteran-friendly city and honors those who have served. It will be the first in a series of signs honoring veterans that will be erected in Lynnwood throughout the next year.
“The posting of these signs throughout the city are a humble display thanking our community of brothers and sisters in arms for their sacrifices, dedication to duty and the defense of our great nation,” said Gary Walderman, director of the local Heroes’ Café and an Air Force veteran. “We remember: No one left behind; freedom isn’t free; and we thank you for your service.”
Nearly 10 years ago, former Mayor Nicola Smith created a Veterans Roundtable, making sure veterans in the community were honored and taken care of. Current Mayor Christine Frizzell said she is following suit, not only with the series of signs, but also by making improvements to Lynnwood’s Veterans Park.
“Lynnwood has made a commitment to be a veteran-supportive community,” Frizzell said. “It is our duty to honor those who served our country by ensuring that they are welcomed, valued and supported in our community.”
I am so proud of Lynnwood for having so much veterans support. Our 97 year old neighbor, a widower, regularly enjoys the heros cafe and other gatherings that honor veterans. Thanks to those that make a place for him to join others that survived WW 2.
Thank you Helen. I am Gary Walderman and my team and I have been running the Heroes cafe for the last five years. It is truly a team effort and the attending veterans have a big say in what and how we do things. Our attendees range from WW2 through our current Global War On Terrorism. It is a honor to serve them all. Please stop by on 22 March, between 9am and 5pm, 6519 188th St SW, Lynnwood (inside the new life church) to say hello.
Too sad they did not include any depiction of our 4-legged Veteran Heroes too.
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