Opinion | This Memorial Day, gather to witness locals’ pride, duty and sacrifice

You can find their names on the massive block of marble at the Snoqualmie Valley Veteran’s Memorial in downtown Snoqualmie.

These are the men and women who gave their lives in service to the nation. Each generation, they came from the mill towns and neighborhoods of the Valley to answer the nation’s call. Their numbers, from World War II in particular, show the abundant, perhaps inordinately so, level of patriotism and service from what others might call small communities. Small, perhaps, but big in service.

The groups that gather every Memorial Day at local cemeteries to remember these men and women are never huge. But everyone should go, at least once, to see how these people, these sons and daughters, all beloved to someone, are remembered for their sacrifice. Scouts, veterans, auxiliary members, parents, proud and somber, come to reflect on duty and sacrifice. You should too. Ceremonies are as follows:

• 9 a.m., Preston Cemetery

• 10 a.m., Fall City Cemetery

• 11 a.m., North Bend Cemetery

• Noon, Veterans’ Memorial Park, Snoqualmie


Snoqualmie Valley servicemen and women who died in the line of duty include:

World War I

Arthur William Lyford

Battista Pasini

David Renton

Edward Clements Koester

Peter Erickson

Alfred Parenti

Bert Smith

William Swen

Carl Larson

Albert Emery

Lester Pickering

Virgil Detrick

World War II

Richard Dunn

George Webb-Venniksen

William Hronek, Jr.

Bernard Briggs

William Borden

Lloyd Scheel

Jack Dubey

Frank Martindale, Jr.

Harvey Kierstins

Rodney Boalch

Roy Hackney

Victor Hartley

Elizabeth Erickson

Herman James Jensen

Vincent Robel

Loyal Bright

Clarence Church

Robert White

Norman Christiansen

Eugene Smith

James O’Neil

Donald Olson

Charles Scheuchzer

Thomas Soister

Robert Hatcher

Claude Brown Stephenson

James Machan

Leo Harry McGrath

Lawrence Carmichael

Theron White

Dean Aschin

F.O. Goebel

Carol Cameron

James Kennedy

Jack Odlin

Joe Sheppard

Martin James

James Barber

Richard Carol Hall

Lawrence Crotts


William Scott

John Carlson

Gordon Bothell

Albert Barfuse

Charles Englehart

Donald B Cameron


Donald Gene Davenport

Robert Allen Montgomery

Timothy Demos

James David Nansel

James Sanders

Ronald James Johnson

Larry Michael Heen

Joe Sweetman


Eric Levi Ward

Cory Schwab

Wyatt Goldsmith

Corry Paul Tayler


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