Volunteers clean up Veterans Memorial Park

Edmonds Community College student and VFW Post 1040 member Chester Curtis scrubs down part of Veterans Memorial Park in Lynnwood as part of a community service project he organized on Feb. 23. / Photo by David Pan

Young and old joined together to give Veterans Memorial Park a bit of a facelift.

Individuals from the Edmonds Community College’s Triton Student Veterans Association, the school’s Energy Management Student Association and Phi Theta Kappa club, Local Troop 49 of the Boy Scouts, the Lynnwood Rotary Club and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 1040 spent Saturday morning cleaning up Veterans Memorial Park in Lynnwood.

The project was organized by Edmonds Community College student and recent veteran Chester Curtis.

“It’s a community service project,” Curtis said. “We’re just trying to give back to the community.”

Curtis, who spent 12 months in Afganistan, originally is from Florida but is now living in Lynnwood and attending Edmonds Community College. He also is the newest member of the VFW Post 1040.

“I’m looking forward to more service projects,” Curtis said.

Curtis spent about a month and a half organizing the clean-up event. Curtis noted that there are 840 bricks in the park with the names of past and present veterans inscribed. The plan is to collect all the names and input them into the VFW Post 1040 website. In the future, people will be able to type in names and be directed to the location of the bricks.

Individuals wishing to honor a veteran, living or deceased, may purchase a brick for $30. The bricks are installed in the park and contain three lines with 18 spaces per line. Applications are available in the lobby of the Lynnwood Library.  For more information on VFW Post 1040, check out www.vfw1040.org.

Curtis encouraged other veterans to join the VFW.

“The VFW always needs more members,” he said.

Volunteers clean up Veterans Memorial Park in Lynnwood during a community service project. / Photo by David Pan



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