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November 10, 2014

Veterans Day

Tomorrow we pause to remember and honor our nation's veterans as we observe Veterans Day across our Country.

Buildings across America, including the King County Courthouse Complex, will be proudly flying our nation's flag tomorrow to honor our veterans. This year the flag flown at the King County Courthouse Complex on November 11 carries additional significance.

This past July we held a solemn ceremony at the Tahoma National Cemetery to honor 36 indigent veterans who passed away in King County.

As part of a military funeral service, the honor guard folds and presents a flag of the United States to the next of kin or an appropriate family member. Sadly, as this was a service for indigent veterans there was no family in attendance. A very kind volunteer at the cemetery stepped in and received the flag on behalf of the deceased. She then asked that I take possession of the flag to safeguard it, something I was honored to do.

Tomorrow, the flag presented on that bright, sunny day in July to honor the 36 indigent veterans will be flown over the King County Courthouse Complex. The flag honors not only these veterans but all veterans who honorably served our country. Please take a moment tomorrow to remember all who have served and honor those who continue to serve.


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