I have been looking for the last several weeks now, for local area events that will be honoring Armed Forces Day this Saturday and the only really local event I have seen is in Waitsburg. So, I guess that is where we’ll head. While there are tons of other activities and events going on all over the Walla Walla Valley to keep you busy, if you’re looking for something Armed Forces Day related, check out these items….
KEEPING AMERICA STRONG AND SECURE United in Purpose – Steadfast in Service Saturday, May 19, 2012 http://www.defense.gov/afd/
On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy and Air Force Days. The single-day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under one department — the Department of Defense. Each of the military leagues and orders was asked to drop sponsorship of its specific service day in order to celebrate the newly announced Armed Forces Day. The Army, Navy and Air Force leagues adopted the newly formed day. The Marine Corps League declined to drop support for Marine Corps Day but supports Armed Forces Day, too.
Read more – http://www.defense.gov/afd/military/history.html
To show appreciation for those who serve in the U.S. Military, on May 19 – Armed Forces Day – the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will begin issuing an annual pass offering free entrance for active duty military members and their dependents to national wildlife refuges, as well as national parks and other public lands.
“Through the years, military members, especially those far from home in times of conflict, have found inspiration and rejuvenation in America’s wild landscapes. Their dedication enables all Americans to enjoy these special places in safety and security,” said Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe. “This new pass gives us a way to thank members of the Armed Forces and their families for their service and their sacrifices.”
For more information: http://store.usgs.gov/pass/military.html
We may not be able to have horse racing, but we will have horses! The annual Waitsburg Parade will be held once again on Armed Forces Day in Waitsburg. The parade will start at 10 AM. Also The One of a Kind Car Show will be held in Preston Park, with vendors expected both in the Park and also at Ye Town Hall. All are welcome to Waitsburg to spend a wonderful relaxing day in our “one of kind city”. If you are interested in being a participant in the parade, contact Walt or Gwen Gobel at 509-337-9177 or at email: firstname.lastname@example.org. For Vendor information or application, please contact Ken Lenhart at 509-337-6435. Come one…come all, for music, vendors and other activities. Type of Event: Regional Events. Contact Info: Gwen Gobel/ Walt Gobel. Saturday, May 19, 2012, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Main Street, Waitsburg WA 99361 99361, WA.
Some other events to keep you busy –
The event will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 11 a.m., said Crystal Walk, Lions president. It is open to children 14 and under.
In addition to the fishing derby, Boy Scout Troop 312 will hold a pancake feed in the Lion Club building from 7 a.m. until noon. A $3 donation is requested to help scouts earn their way to summer camp in late July.
Information is available at 200-0109.
Walla Walla Farmers Market near Downtown at 4th St. both Saturday & Sunday.
Do you have anything planned to help honor those who serve or have served this country?
Until next week, may your rentals be filled and your home be a happy place.
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