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Mill Creek celebrates Memorial Day this year with a 'reverse parade'

"We're still honoring our fallen veterans on Memorial Day"

Series: Coronavirus | Story 106

Last updated 6/5/2020 at 11:41am

Beacon photo by Chris Kim

An eternal flame lit in front of the American flag and the National League of Families POW/MIA flag.

The City of Mill Creek celebrated Memorial Day with a different approach this year respecting the health precautions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic - with a pre-recorded virtual ceremony shared on its Facebook page this morning and a "reverse parade" during the day.

The ceremony was held virtually via a pre-recorded video at the Mill Creek Veterans Monument and was aired on the city's Facebook page for people to watch at home while practicing social distancing.

Beacon photo by Chris Kim

A desert camo Air Force uniform and a Marine Corps uniform. A battlefield cross made of a fallen soldier's boots, helmet, rifle, and dog tags commemorates fallen comrades during combat. The battlefield cross on display for the exhibit honors Shane Swanberg, a fallen marine who was originally from Bothell.

"We come together on this day to remember and honor those who have served and are no longer among us," Mill Creek Police Chaplain Nick Lewis said in the opening of the speech. "As well as our nation's first responders, those men, and women who protected and defended our freedom, civil liberties, and safety, who have paid the ultimate price, their lives."

The City then hosted a "reverse parade" later in the morning and took place at Main Street and 153rd St. SE to honor those who sacrificed their lives in service to our and their country. The public was invited to drive by the street to view exhibits on the street side in order to maintain a distance during the on-going mandates prohibiting gatherings.

The exhibits display military memorabilia to honor fallen service members. Standing by them was Lt. Col. Jon Ramer. The uniforms and items were provided by the Northwest Veterans Museum according to Lt. Col. Ramer and each represents branches and the history of the U.S. military.

"Even though we can't get together today, we're still honoring our fallen veterans on Memorial Day."


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