VFW hosts Memorial Day observance at Veterans Park

In November 2006, Spc. Jordan William Hess was wounded when a roadside bomb detonated near his tank while on combat patrol in Iraq. After fighting to stay alive for 19 days, the 26-year-old from Marysville died Dec. 5 at a military hospital in Texas.

Today, his mother spoke at a Memorial Day service at Veterans Park in Lynnwood.

“We were sent to Brooke Army Medical Center to be with him and he was doing fairly well and we thought we were going to bring him home, and then he had a turnaround for the worse,” Tammy Hess said.

Hess spoke about the importance of honoring America’s servicemen and women. She also talked about the Gold Star Mothers program, a support network of mothers who have lost a son or daughter while serving in the military.

City Council President Ted Hikel also spoke about his memories of Memorial Day.

“As a 10-year-old boy I have a vivid memory of a Memorial Day in 1948 with my family at Arlington National Cemetery when my dad was stationed in the Pentagon. I hope the young people who are here today will remember this ceremony and will continue this tradition long after we are gone,” Hikel said.

Also on hand were Captain Gerkin from the Washington National Guard and VFW Post 1040 Commander Martin Spani. The Northwest Junior Pipe Band performed Amazing Grace, and the VFW Honor Guard did a 21-gun salute.

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