Local Memorial Day programs


On Saturday, May 27, 2023, 10 a.m. there will be an opportunity for volunteers to assist with placing flags on Veterans gravesites at Fir Lane Memorial Park, 924 176th Street East, Spanaway, WA 98387.

On Sunday, at 1 p.m., there will be a service at Fir Lane Memorial Park in memory of our armed forces members.

The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs has posted a list of local observances taking place in more than a dozen Washington cities. The state Department of Transportation has posted a traveler’s guide for the weekend, warning of highway delays and long ferry wait times due to the heavy traffic expected.

Joint Base Lewis-McChord will host a Memorial Day Ceremony Monday at the Camp Lewis Cemetery at 11:30 a.m. on Lewis Main. This will be the first in-person Memorial Day observance since 2019 due to COVID restrictions. Brigadier General William Ryan III, I Corps Deputy Commanding General, 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 defense of the United States of America.

America’s I Corps Band will provide the music, and an Army and Air Force joint-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.

In addition to the ceremony on JBLM, Soldiers and Airmen will participate in several Memorial Day observances throughout the Puget Sound region, to include supporting the Pierce County Memorial Day Ceremony at Mountain View Cemetery in Lakewood.


The JBLM Memorial Day ceremony is open to DOD ID card holders and their guests. Other visitors who wish to attend will be required to obtain a pass from JBLM Visitors Center at exit 120 on Interstate 5. Signs will direct attendees to the cemetery.


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