Name of Washington State Service Member Added to Wall of Remembrance
“Whether our lives and our deaths were for peace and a new hope, or for nothing, we cannot say…. We leave you our deaths. Give them their meaning…. We were young. We have died. Remember us.”
— Archibald MacLeish, American Poet and Librarian of Congress
Seattle, WA – The Garden of Remembrance, located at Benaroya Hall on the corner of 2nd Avenue and University Street in downtown Seattle, will be the site of a brief Memorial Day ceremony on Monday, May 30, at 10 a.m. to honor a Washington state citizen who fell in service to his country.
Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Q. McClintock lost his life January 5, 2016, during a firefight in southern Afghanistan. McClintock, a Special Forces engineer sergeant, was posthumously awarded the Silver Star, the nation’s third-highest award for valor, for his actions during the hours-long firefight. His name has been engraved on the granite walls of the Garden of Remembrance in advance of the ceremony.
The observance will include a presentation of wreaths, reading of the name and tolling of a bell. The ceremony is sponsored by the Garden of Remembrance Advisory Board, the Northwest Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America, the Gold Star Mothers of Washington and Benaroya Hall.
The Garden of Remembrance is an official state 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. Every year on Memorial Day, families are invited to gather at the Garden to honor their fallen loved ones. Some bring photos and other mementos to leave at the wall while others create “rubbings” of the names with pencil and paper.
The Garden of Remembrance is a half-acre, L-shaped space designed by late world-renowned landscape architect Robert Murase, and lies 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 golden oak tree that centers the Garden symbolizes remembrance of the cycle of life and honors the fallen and their families. 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.