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Solemn reflections, community gathering for Memorial Day | Photo gallery
Lee Scheeler, above, rang the bell 70 times, once for each name on the stone block next to him.
The remembrance, for men and women of the Valley who gave their lives in service to their country, was the centerpiece of a Memorial Day ceremony Monday, May 27, in Snoqualmie that involved boys and girls, parents, old veterans and current service people alike.
Patriots young and old gathered at the Snoqualmie Valley Veterans Memorial under rainy skies. Above, Sea Scout Leslie Kolke carries the Navy flag; In the background, Color Guard members Mike Bryant and Art Farash, left, and John Lang, trumpeter. Below, Jessi Lelas carries the USAF flag.
The Valley Girls Choir sang the national anthem from the deck of the Legion post, above.
Various Boy and Girl Scouts drilled with the colors (Scouts Tyler Moore, Tim Corrie, Bruce Corrie and James Kolke carry the flags, above).
The Snoqualmie Valley Color Guard's four shots cracked the air. Color Guard members Mike Bryant, Rich Collingwood and Art Farash, lined up with trumpeter John Lang, who played Taps at the close of the ceremony.
After the ceremony, a few youngsters scrambled to scoop up souvenir brass cartridges from the Garand rifles.
Finally, all gathered indoors at the neighboring Renton Pickering Post for a potluck.