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Construction changes Memorial Day parade route
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 would start in the parking lot of the First Baptist Church of Arlington, at 426 N. French Ave., and proceed along Fourth Street until it intersected with Olympic Avenue, where it would turn toward 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. He added that participants in the street parade would begin gathering at 9:30 a.m. before kicking off their march at 10 a.m., all the way to the Arlington Cemetery, at 20310 67th Ave. NE, where an 11 a.m. ceremony is set to take place.
This years commemorations will also include a similar ceremony at 1 p.m. in Darrington, 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 encouraged 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.