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Freshman Memorial Day Tradition

Anyone who has ever visited Tahoma National Cemetery over the Memorial Day weekend doesn’t soon forget the experience. Its beauty and serenity complement the proper honor and respect that is shown for the men and women who have served – and died – in defense of freedom.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis Thursday Tahoma freshmen will be at Tahoma National Cemetery assisting in its preparation for the weekend ceremonies. Tahoma students will be placing  flags on close to 30,000 graves. This is the 10th year that TJH has been involved in supporting our veterans and their families in this way. We are commemorating and celebrating a decade of service to the community with our flag project. I invite you to check out the next edition of the “VOICE of the Valley” for their story on our students.

Across the United States over the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, citizens will be paying homage to Americans and members of our military who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Some will place flowers or flags on the final resting places of loved ones and heroes. Others will view a parade or gather with family and friends. We are privileged here in our community to be the caretakers of the sacred grounds of Tahoma National Cemetery. I encourage you to take the time over the weekend to drive through our state’s only national cemetery – it will be worth the visit.

Special thanks to teachers Cary Collins and Todd Baker who have provided the leadership for our activities at Tahoma National Cemetery. They are teaching our students the most valuable lesson of all – that Freedom Is Not Free.

All of the flags are purchased through donations.  We are in need of your support for our Veterans and their  families.  Please consider a donation.  Please make checks payable to Tahoma Junior High – Flag Fund. 

Tahoma Junior High School
25600 Summit-Landsburg Rd.
Ravensdale WA.  98051

  1. PATRICIA COOK
    May 21, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    I HEARD ABOUT THIS ON THE JOHN CARLSON RADIO SHOW THIS MORNING 5-21-2013.
    WHAT A BLESSING YOU ALL ARE! I CAN’T BEGIN TO TELL YOU WHAT A BEAUTIFUL SITE TO SEE LAST YEAR. MY BROTHER IS THERE AND I WILL BE GOING AGAIN THIS YEAR. MOTORCYCLE RIDERS WERE RIDING THRU AND PAYING RESPECT ON ALL COLORS OF BIKES AND IT WAS OVERWHELMING. I WILL BE SENDING A DONATION. GOD BLESS YOU ALL AND THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH

  2. Mrs. Rikki Morrison
    May 24, 2013 at 5:58 am

    I was there 10 years ago, today, to lay my husband, Duane Morrison, to rest. My sister and I arrived early, for his service, and got to meet and talk with some of the Tahoma students. They were placing the flags, at the grave sites, for the first time. We were touched by their respect towards us, and the respect and reverence they had for the veterans. Because my husband’s ashes would not be placed in the wall until later that day, they gave me a flag to place there when I came for the Memorial Day services that following Monday.

    Thank you, so much, for continuing this wonderful tradition. I will, most certainly, be sending a donation for your future needs. Yours, sincerely,

    Mrs. Rikki Morrison

  3. Joan Hagie and all the Shoul Family
    May 28, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    I want to thank all the students involved in placing the flags at Tahoma National Cemetary. The sea of flags was an awesome sight to behold! (and sadly, there were WAY too many…). I was very touched by this display ~ it brought a tear to my eye. I, and all my siblings appreciate it, as both our parents are there. What a beautiful thing you do! From the bottom of my heart, I thank you.

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