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GARDEN OF REMEMBRANCE MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY


FOR RELEASE Monday, May 17, 2010

18 Names of Washington State Service Members Added to Wall of Remembrance

Seattle, WA – The Garden of Remembrance, located at Benaroya Hall on the corner of Second Avenue and University Street in downtown Seattle, will be the site of a Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 31, at 10 a.m. in dedication to our state’s fallen servicemen and servicewomen. This brief ceremony will include a presentation of wreaths and a reading of the 18 names of Washington State service members killed in Iraq and Afghanistan since Memorial Day, 2009. Their names will be engraved on the granite walls of the Garden of Remembrance in the weeks leading up to the ceremony. Members of the media should call the Benaroya Hall contact listed below for specific days and times of the engravings.

Those who lost their lives during the last year in operations in Afghanistan and Iraq are: Aaron S. Aamot, Brian N. Bradshaw, Joseph T. Caron, Mark W. Coleman, Jose S. N. Crisostomo, Aaron E. Fairbairn, Ryan Job, Niall D. Lyons, Erin L. McLyman, James L. Miller, Michael P. Montgomery, William C. Spencer, Samuel D. Stone, Douglas M. Vose III, Christopher I. Walz, Eric L. Ward, Joseph V. White and Dennis M. Williams.

The Garden of Remembrance is a memorial to more than 8,000 Washington State citizens who have given their lives in the service of our country since 1941, including World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the post-Vietnam conflicts. Each year on Memorial Day, families gather at the Garden to honor their fallen loved ones. Some bring photos and other mementos to leave at the wall. Many create “rubbings” of the names with pencil and paper.

The Garden is a half-acre, L-shaped garden along the south and west sides of Benaroya Hall. Memorial walls of granite, lined by slender reflecting pools, are oriented so that the names face the western sun. In addition to the walls, excerpts from poems honor veterans who died in our nation’s wars; lines from letters remind us of the personal connections with home that each name represents. The reflecting pools honor those missing in action, and a fountain honors those who died in peacetime and other national service. The Garden was dedicated on July 4, 1998.

Benaroya Hall, home of Seattle Symphony, is located at 200 University Street in downtown Seattle on a city block between Second and Third avenues and Union and University streets. The Garden of Remembrance is easily accessible by public transportation. A 430-space parking garage, accessible from Second Avenue, is housed within Benaroya Hall.