Memorial Day parade route changes due to street closure
August 27, 2008 · Updated 4:13 PM
ARLINGTON The observance of Memorial Day falls on May 28 this year and Jim Barron wants the community to know that they will have a Memorial Day street parade, regardless of the ongoing street construction on Olympic Avenue.
Barron, of Arlington American Legion Post 76, explained that the street parades revised route starts in the parking lot of the First Baptist Church of Arlington, at 426 N. French Ave., and will proceed along Fourth Street to Olympic Avenue and then continue to First Street.
Barron noted that volunteers from the community are always needed to join members of American Legion Post 76 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1561 in hanging flags along Memorial Way, starting at 6 a.m. Participants in the parade begin gathering at 9:30 a.m. before kicking off their march at 10 a.m. Their ceremony at the Arlington Cemetery, at 20310 67th Ave. NE, is set to take place at 11 a.m., with guest speaker Maj. Mike Blue, Arlington High School Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps senior aerospace science instructor.
This years commemorations will also include a similar ceremony at 1 p.m. at the Darrington Cemetery, on Highway 530, in addition to the regular free breakfast at the American Legion hall, at 115 N. Olympic Ave., for all those who pitched in to put up the flags. Those volunteers will also be called upon to take down the flags at 5 p.m., marking the close of the Memorial Day events.
Barron encourages anyone with questions about volunteering in the days events to contact him by phone, either at American Legion Post 76 at 360-435-2492, or at home at 360-435-3907.