Posted by: arbeam | November 20, 2014

Kitsap County Veterans Day Celebration

Bagpiper - Veterans Day Event 2014Bagpiper Michael Oliver, who is himself a veteran, is shown starting this year’s “Veterans Day Event” ceremony. With almost 2000 people in attendance, it is always a challenge to get everyone’s attention to go to their seats to get ready for the ceremony. Immediately after the bagpiper’s performance, the Bremerton High School marching band, marched down the center ailse and took their position for the ceremony.

This year’s event broke the record for the most number of active duty commands represented. After eleven years, it seems that the word has gotten out that this event is not one to be missed.

There were a record number of children in attendance this year as well. The children could be seen looking at the vintage military vehicles that have been lovingly restored and climbing up on the Submarine Veterans’ parade float. The Boy Scouts volunteered to escort VIPs to their reserved seats. The Sea Cadets presented the colors along with the Knights of Columbus. One of the Sea Cadets also took part in the POW/MIA “Missing Man” presentation.

kitsapveteransOur military co-host this year was RDML Jeffrey Ruth, Commander, Navy Region Northwest. Guy Stitt, Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Navy League Ambassador served as the other co-host.

We were honored by the attendance of the majority of our elected leaders, U.S. Congressman Derek Kilmer, State Senator Jan Angel, State Representative Sherry Appleton, County Commissioners Charlotte Garrido, Robert Gelder, Linda Streissguth, and Commissioner Elect Ed Wolfe, Mayors Patty Lent, Tim Matthes, and Becky Erickson.

First Sergeant Doug R. Pfeffer, USA, (Ret) served as the Keynote Speaker. Doug helped create Rally Point/6, a free one-stop service for transitioning veterans. The Lakewood-based nonprofit organization helps veterans with job searching, resume writing, housing issues and working with the military and Veterans Affairs to receive benefits. They even helped a WWII vet and his wife get hot water restored to their home. Rally Point/6 is planning a satellite office in Kitsap within the next year or two.

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