It’s one of Sultan’s most memorable events. It’s held under a canopy of red, white and blue, and draped with a veil of pride, duty and honor.
Hosted by the city of Sultan and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post No. 2554, the 2017 Sultan Veterans Day Ceremony takes place 11 a.m. Saturday Nov. 11, in front of Sultan’s All Veterans Memorial Wall. Coordinated by the Sultan Veterans Day Ceremony Committee, the event combines reverence for members of the U.S. Armed Forces with Sultan’s unique passion for community, offering performances by students and presentations by local elected officials. A reception will follow at Sultan City Hall, including refreshments and a display of historic military memorabilia.
Veterans Day is a distinct holiday, as it honors and celebrates the service of all U.S. Military veterans. It differs from Memorial Day, held at the end of May, which honors soldiers who died while serving their country. Veterans Day is important in that it provides the opportunity for civilians to thank both past and present service members for the sacrifices made in the course of their service.
This year’s ceremony includes a welcoming message from committee co-chair Sgt. First Class Dave Sivewright, after which the colors will be posted by Cub Scout Pack 52 and the Monroe Junior ROTC. An invocation will be given by Crosswater Community Church Pastor Aaron Day, and the mayor’s address will be presented by Sultan City Councilmember/Mayor Pro Tem John Seehuus.
Sivewright will serve as this year’s principal speaker. Also known as the Highway 2 Freedom Runner, Sivewright has a total of 21 years in the military and is the commander of Sultan VFW Post 2554.
39th District Representative Carolyn Eslick (formerly Sultan’s mayor) will present, in her first official public speaking engagement since being appointed to the legislature in September. Other speakers include VFW Post 2554 member Chuck McCollough, and former Sultan Mayor C.H. Rowe.
Rowe will give the history of Sultan’s All Veterans Memorial Wall, which features the names of local veterans carved in granite. While it is referred to as a “memorial” wall, a veteran does not have to have passed away to earn a place of distinction on its surface. Additionally, names will be added to the wall regardless of the veteran or family member’s ability to pay.
The ceremony will feature Sgt. Brian Johnston of the Monroe Police Department, who will play “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes. The National Anthem will be performed by students from Sultan Elementary School and there will be two award-winning student essays; one read by VFW Auxiliary President Stacey Schmidt, and another read by Sultan Middle School student Avery Brumley.
The Veterans Day Ceremony Committee is co-chaired by Dave and Christina Sivewright. For more information on Sultan’s Veterans Day Ceremony, please contact Sivewright at: firstname.lastname@example.org.