Joint Base Lewis-McChord honors fallen Service Members in Memorial Day Ceremony


JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. – Joint Base Lewis-McChord will honor the memory of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of the United States with a Memorial Day ceremony Monday, May 25, at 11:30 a.m. at the base cemetery, the Fort Lewis Cemetery.

Col. Anthony J. Davit, Joint Base Lewis-McChord deputy commander, will be the guest speaker. He will place a wreath on the marker honoring the Soldiers, Airmen, Civilians, men, and women who have served and made the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of the United States of America.

The I Corps Band will provide the music, and an Army & Air Force Honor Guard will present the colors. A salute battery will fire a 21-gun salute to honor fallen comrades, followed by the playing of Taps.


Visitors who wish to attend the JBLM ceremony will be required to obtain a pass from the base’s Visitor Center at exit 120 on Interstate 5. Signs will direct attendees to the cemetery.


Media who want to cover the Memorial Day ceremony at JBLM should contact JBLM Public Affairs at (253) 967-0148 by 4 p.m., Thursday, May 21, or by calling (253) 967-0015 and ask for the PAO on call.

In addition, JBLM Soldiers and Airmen will attend and support more than 30 Memorial Day observances in the region with guest speakers, firing details, Army or Air Force Honor Guards, and the I Corps Band. JBLM will participate in the following Memorial Day weekend events –

Thursday, May 21

  • Highline College Memorial Day Celebration, 11:30 a.m., Des Moines, Wash.
  • Vincent De Paul Elementary School Memorial Day Observance, 10:30 a.m., Federal Way, Wash.

Friday, May 22

  • South Puget Sound Community College Memorial Day Flag Raising Ceremony, 8 a.m., Olympia, Wash.

Sunday, May 24

  • Vaughn Bay Cemetery Memorial Day Observance, 12 p.m., Vaughn, Wash.
  • Fir Lane Memorial Park Memorial Day Observance, 12:30 p.m., Spanaway, Wash.
  • Yelm Cemetery Memorial Day Observance, 1 p.m., Yelm, Wash.
  • Roy Cemetery Memorial Day Observance, 2:30 p.m., Roy, Wash.

Monday, May 25

  • Sumner Cemetery Memorial Day Observance, 10 a.m., Puyallup, Wash.
  • Bethany Lutheran Cemetery Memorial Day Service, 10 a.m., Spanaway, Wash.
  • Sumner Cemetery Memorial Day Ceremony, 10 a.m., Puyallup, Wash.
  • Memorial Day Ceremony at the Washington State Capitol Rotunda, 10:30 a.m., Olympia, Wash.
  • Tacoma Historical Society Annual Memorial Day Service at Tacoma War Memorial park, 10:45 a.m., Tacoma, Wash.
  • Acacia Memorial Day Ceremony, 11 a.m., Seattle
  • Joint Base Lewis-McChord Memorial Day Observance, Fort Lewis Cemetery, 11:30 a.m., JBLM, Wash.
  • You Are Not Forgotten, Bread of Life Mission, 12 p.m., Seattle
  • Arrowhead Gardens Memorial Day Flag Raising Ceremony, 12 p.m., Seattle
  • Mountain View Cemetery Memorial Day Ceremony, 2 p.m., Lakewood, Wash.
  • Mills & Mills Memorial Park Cemetery Memorial Day Ceremony, 2 p.m., Tumwater, Wash.
  • Washington Soldiers Home Memorial Day Program, 2 p.m., Orting, Wash.

Tuesday, May 26

  • Seattle Pacific University (Tiffany Loop) Memorial Day Observance, 12 p.m., Seattle



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