From the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Ivey Green Park in Bremerton to a small obelisk in Silverdale’s Waterfront Park dedicated to the community’s single World War I casualty, the memorials in Kitsap County offer a variety of locations to memorialize our war dead.
Another grave, in Port Gamble holds the remains of a Coxswain Gustav Englebrecht, the only US KIA in the local 1856 “Indian Wars.” At the county’s Veteran’s Memorial Park, which borders Port Orchard, at the base of a flag near the restrooms, there is a plaque dedicated to eight veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice. A Korean War memorial is situated at the county fairgrounds.
In the northern reaches of Kitsap County the Suquamish Tribe dedicated a new and stunning veterans memorial on Nov. 11, 2010.
Saturday, May 26 – The Unforgotten, Run to Tahoma III, at 10:45 a.m.
Veterans will receive the unclaimed remains of deceased veterans from the Kitsap County Coroner in a brief ceremony and escort them in a cortege to Tahoma National Ceremony. The event takes place outdoors at the coroner’s office, 5010 NW Linden St., which is next to Pendergast Park in West Bremerton. There is no seating, so bring a lawn chair and dress for the weather. When you arrive, follow the signs for ceremony parking or joining the cortege line to Tahoma National Cemetery. There will be a 20 minute break following the ceremony and before the departure for Tacoma.
Sunday, May 27th – Miller-Woodlawn will have their annual Memorial Weekend. On Saturday, May 26 flags will be placed on the graves of veterans in the cemetery. On Sunday May 27th at 8 p.m. there will be a service with an Honor Guard and Boy Scouts will be present. Attendees should arrive early in order to find a parking spot. 5505 Kitsap Way, Bremerton (360)377-7648
Monday, May 28 – The USS Turner Joy is host to a Memorial Day Service from 10 a.m. to noon, sponsored by the Kitsap Harbor Festival. (360)792-2457
Monday, May 28 – The Bainbridge Island Memorial Day Service, sponsored by the American Legion Colin Hyde Post 172 at the Bainbridge High School Veterans Memorial. The time is still to be determined. A longer service will follow at the Legion Hall Flags will be placed on the graves of Bainbridge veterans on Saturday by the legionnaires and scouts.
Monday, May 28 – The annual Memorial Day Service at Forest Lawn Cemetery is hosted by the Fleet Reserve Association Bremerton Branch 29. The service starts at 11 a.m. at 5409 Kitsap Way in Bremerton.
Monday, May 28 – Ivy Green Cemetery at 1401 Naval Avenue in Bremerton will host a Memorial Day observance with Veteran’s of Foreign War District No. 4 and local VFW Post 239 at 1 p.m. in the large military section where all services are represented. Ivy Green Cemetery is the site of the “Tomb of the Unknown Soldier” honoring those fallen military men and women. John H. Nibbe, Civil War hero is also buried here, as well as Wesley Harris, the Marine for which the Navy gun range near Seabeck is named after.
Monday, May 28 – American Legion Post 245 and VFW Post 2463, Kingston, are hosting thier annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Waterfront Park in downtown Poulsbo. The proceedings start at noon and this year’s guest speaker is Becky Erickson, mayor of Poulsbo.