The American Legion posts of Arlington and Marysville will once again be organizing observances of Memorial Day, this year on Monday, May 27.
Memorial Day services are set to start at 11 a.m. at both the Arlington Cemetery, located at 20310 67th Ave. NE, and the Marysville Cemetery, located at 8801 State Ave.
Prior to that point, however, Arlington American Legion members and volunteers will be raising flags at the Arlington Cemetery that morning, before the city of Arlington's annual Memorial Day parade marches down Olympic Avenue starting at 10 a.m. that day.
The "Avenue of Flags" has been a Memorial Day tradition at the Arlington Cemetery for more than 25 years. Each year, city staff place extra emphasis on cemetery grounds maintenance in preparation for Memorial Day, making sure all the lawns are trimmed and edged, setting the stage for the Arlington American Legion and Boy Scouts to unpack and set up 800 flags around the Veterans Memorial and along the roads throughout the cemetery. This year, thanks to a generous donation by the Arlington Boy Scouts and American Legion, there will be an additional 40 flags around the Arlington Cemetery.
The Marysville Cemetery's Memorial Day service will likewise sport more than 230 veterans' flags placed by community volunteers, cemetery staff and Marysville American Legion members, and is expected to feature the Marysville-Pilchuck High School Band and Naval Junior ROTC Color Guard.
Following the Marysville Memorial Day service, the public is invited to an open house and light lunch at the Marysville American Legion Post Hall, at the corner of Second Street and Cedar Avenue, from noon to 2 p.m. Seating for both events is limited, and both are free and open to the public.