Thank you Veterans Day Volunteers!

November 21st, 2014


Veterans Day 2014
We’d like to thank the many volunteers– scout troops, veterans’ organization, churches, families and neighbors– who helped us in honoring our veteran’s at our Veteran’s Day flag placement as well as those who attended the ceremony after.  You made this year’s services both possible and excellent.

Flag Placement, Veterans Day 2014

Flag Placement, Veterans Day 2014

Flag Placement, Veterans Day 2014

Flag Placement, Veterans Day 2014

Color Guard - Veterans Day 2014

Flag Placement, Veterans Day 2014

Guest Speaker Cpt. Ed Hrivnak, Veterans Day 2014

Veterans Day 2014

Flag Placement, Veterans Day 2014

Veterans Day 2014

Flag Placement, Veterans Day 2014

Doughboy, Veteran's Day 2014

Photos by Brian Braathen and Sandy Matthie.

Pink Day!

October 31st, 2014


This photo was taken at the end of Think Pink Week, our annual fundraiser for Breast Cancer Research.


Recipe: Amazing Kumquat-Cranberry Sauce

October 29th, 2014

Cranberry sauce photo - flickr user Nomadic Lass

photo by flickr user Nomadic Lass


Preparation Time: Total Time: 1 1/2 hours; Actual Work Time: 30 minutes.

Makes: About 2 1/2 cups

2 cups kumquats (or 9-10 ounces), trimmed
a 12-ounce bag of fresh or frozen cranberries (or, about 3 1/2 cups)
3/4 cups water
3/4 cups sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt

First up: Removing the kumquat’s natural bitterness.
Prick the kumquats 2-3 times with a fork. In a saucepan cover them generously in cold water and bring to a boil.
Drain and rinse with cold water.
Repeat this process 2 more times.

Next step: Getting the kumquat flavor.
Put the kumquats, suger and water together over high heat, stirring until the sugar is dissolved.
Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes, uncovered, stirring occasionally.
Remove from the heat and allow it to cool for about 20 minutes.
Move the kumquats with a slotted spoon to a bowl, but keep the syrup in the saucepan. (You now have kumquat flavored syrup and kumquats for little flavor bursts in the final product).

Next: the Cranberries.
Add the cranberries and 1/4 teaspoon of salt to the sugar/water syrup.
Bring the cranberries/syrup mixture to a boil over high heat.
While they cook, quarter the kumquats, discarding the seeds as you go.
Once the cranberries are at a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 8-12 minutes, uncovered, stirring occasionally
(You know it’s cooked when the cranberries start to burst).
Stir the kumquats into the cranberry mixture and transfer to a bowl. Cool completely, stirring occasionally– should take about 30 minutes.

The final step is the most important step of all: Enjoy!

Recipe from the November 2007 issue of Gourmet Magazine.


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Todos los Santos

September 19th, 2014

Working in close collaboration with the International Drop-In Center (IDIC) and special participation by the Filipino Community of Seattle (FCS), the management of Evergreen-Washelli invites you to attend the annual observance of Todos los Santos.

One of the most significant Philippine faith traditions Todos los Santos, or All Saints Day, is a day of remembrance for religious figures as well as ancestors and other loved ones.

The event will begin at 3:00pm, and will include a special interfaith ceremony. Families will have the opportunity to light candles and offer flowers to departed loved ones, whether their final resting places are in the U.S., in the Philippines, or elsewhere.

There will be a light snack of pancit and lumpia provided.

For more information check out or facebook page, and stay up-do-date with our events calendar.


Captain Ed Hrivnak Speaking at 65th Annual Veterans Day Service

September 19th, 2014
Captain Ed Hrivnak

Captain Ed Hrivnak

Join us Tuesday, November 11th for a concert and  Service of Remembrance at the 65th Annual Veterans Day service in Veterans Memorial Cemetery located on the grounds of Evergreen Washelli Memorial Park.

Our special guest speaker will be retired commissioned officer Captain Ed Hrivnak.

Captain Hrivnak enlisted at age seventeen, rising through the ranks to a commissioned flight nurse.  He is a veteran of Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom, as well as several peacekeeping missions. His wartime experience compelled him to write WOUNDED, A Legacy of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The memoir details valiant accounts of battle, followed by the challenges of caring for the injured, and how soldiers persevere.

Hrivnak retired after twenty years in the Active Duty and Air Force Reserve, and continues to serve his community as an assistant fire chief for the fourth-largest fire department in Washington State, Central Pierce Fire and Rescue. A strong believer in volunteering, Captain Hrivnak donates his time as a civilian pilot for Snohomish Helicopter Rescue Team. His awards include; the Aerial Achievement Medal, for evacuating 800 casualties without a single loss of life in-flight, the Mountain Rescue Association’s life saving award, for his aircrew’s rescue of eight victims in the first hours of the Oso mudslide, and Pacific Lutheran University’s 2014 Alumni Service Award.

Veterans Day Program:

7:00am - Flag placement at the Lower Veterans Memorial Cemetery

10:30am –  Music by the Eagles and Letter-Carriers Band

11:00am – Service of Remembrance

To stay current on upcoming events, visit our events page, or visit our facebook page.



Breast Cancer Awareness

September 9th, 2014

Pink-RibbonOctober is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month! National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is designed to educate everyone, especially women, about the importance of early detection. Since the program (NBCAM) began in 1985, mammography rates have more than doubled for women age 50 and older and breast cancer deaths have declined. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation one in eight women will be diagnosed positive at some point in their lives and, while less common, approximately 2,150 men are diagnosed each year as well.

The week of October 13th to 17th, as part of our Think Pink Week, Evergreen Washelli will be raising funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. We would like to invite the community to join is in donating to this important cause. You can donate to the foundation at their website.



8th Annual Chili Fest

August 31st, 2014


5th Annual Wreaths Across America

August 28th, 2014


Saturday, December 13th, 2014 – 9:00 AM

Evergreen Washelli Memorial Park

11111 Aurora Ave N. – Seattle, WA 98133

Evergreen Washelli Memorial Park is hosting an annual wreath laying ceremony in conjunction with the Navy Wives Club of America, Totem #277 and Wreaths Across America.

This year Evergreen Washelli will be celebrating veterans buried within its Veterans’ Cemetery section on December 13th, 2014 at 9:00 am. Following a brief ceremony there will be laying of donated wreaths by volunteers.

This special wreath laying ceremony is to occur simultaneously with Arlington National Cemetery and other Veterans Cemeteries in all 50 states (such as the one at Evergreen Washelli) along with veteran’s burial grounds around the globe.

Wreaths Across America organizes this event with the message of remembering our fallen heroes, honoring those who serve, and teaching our children about the sacrifices made by veterans and their families to preserve our freedoms.

This event is being made possible through donated funds and hard work done by the Navy Wives Club of America. It is their vision that has made this 4th annual wreath laying ceremony possible.  Wreaths will be laid throughout the Veterans Cemetery and also at the graves of the Medal of Honor recipients. One wreath for each branch of service will be displayed at Evergreen Washelli’s Doughboy statue in memory of all who have served.

It is interesting to note that each section with the Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery was named for a battle in which the United States Armed Forces participated. Bronze plaques in keeping with the military theme identifying each section of Evergreen Washelli’s Veterans Cemetery were contributed by the Puget Sound Navy Yard at Bremerton.

Donations and Volunteers are needed,  If you would like to participate in this year’s wreath laying ceremony, please contact Lorraine Zimmerman of the Totem #277 Navy Wives Club of America.  Or for more information about this event, please contact Brenda Spicerat Evergreen Washelli, 206-362-5200. For wreath donations, please refer to the link for more details. Donations need to be received by November 26,2013 in order to benefit the 2013 wreath laying ceremony.

About Evergreen Washelli’s Veterans Memorial Cemetery Arlington National Cemetery is America’s most renowned veterans’ cemetery, but for the Seattle-area veterans and their spouses, being interred in Virginia would greatly hinder their loved ones from being able to visit their graves as often as they would prefer, especially prior to the jet age. As early as 1904, local veterans of the Spanish America war began to search for ways to honor their fallen comrades with a local cemetery of their own, but the start of the First World War delayed their efforts. Their search finally ended in 1927 when Clinton S. Harley, then General Manager for Evergreen Washelli, a veteran of the Spanish America War himself, offered a large section of the cemetery for the burial of veterans and their spouses. Today Evergreen Washelli has over 5000 Veterans in its care.

Previous ceremonies have been covered by Seattle’s KING TV and its affiliates, the video for 2012 is available below.

King 5 Coverage of 2012 Wreaths Across America Ceremony


17th Annual Holiday Remembrance Service

August 28th, 2014

Join Evergreen Washelli on December 7th to remember your loved one.

Evergreen Washelli invites you, your family, and friends to join us in remembering your loved ones at our 17th Annual Holiday Remembrance Service Sunday, December 7th, 2014

5:00 PM- Evergreen Washelli at Bothell: 18224 103rd Avenue NE – Bothell, WA

5:00 PM- Evergreen Washelli Tribute Center: 11111 Aurora Avenue North – Seattle, WA

Services include:

•Candle lighting ceremony

•Life tribute DVD

•Light refreshments

To have a photo of your loved one included in the Life Tribute DVD, email us or call the number below. Photos need to be submitted by November 25th, 2014.

For more information, please call 425.486.1281


5th Annual Rose Placement to Honor Veterans

August 28th, 2014

Rose Placement April 2nd, 2011

On Sunday, April 5th 2015, the UW Naval ROTC will be placing roses from the “Ten Grands” concert at gravesites at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery at Evergreen Washelli Memorial Park. The roses are a gift from  The Seattle Symphony and “Ten Grands” Seattle. They will first be used on stage at the 8th annual “Ten Grands” concert at Benaroya Hall the previous evening.

Individual roses will be placed at the gravesites honoring veterans during a brief ceremony starting at 10 a.m. and will take approximately one hour to complete. The public is invited to observe this notable event. The event will take place at the Doughboy statue in the Evergreen Washelli Veterans Cemetery.

 The Seattle Symphony has been “giving the gift of music” since its inception in September of 1999. Its purpose is to promote the performing arts and to make them accessible to all youthful and “at risk” members of the community. Inspired by the vision of composer/pianist Michael Allen Harrison, Seattle Symphony, Inc. (501) © (3) provides instruments, scholarships and musical programs to underserved students in the State of Washington. The Seattle Symphony has raised more than $2 million in the past ten years including both Oregon and now Washington. All funding has gone directly to helping serve the youth in our communications through music.

2000 Roses to Honor Veterans

Seattle University ROTC Honored Veterans in 2011

Ten Grands” presented by RBC Wealth Management is a benefit for The Seattle Symphony, a concert whose proceeds will enable the funding of several music programs, supporting targeted groups where music would make a positive difference in the lives of many children. On May 8th, 2014, the “Ten Grands” concert will be held at Benaroya Hall in Seattle, beginning at 7pm. The “something for everyone” concert includes classical, jazz, blues, gospel, boogie woogie, pop, and contemporary music (including some original compositions). The musicians will play simultaneously, as soloists, in duets, quartets and other combinations. Tickets for this worthy cause are available at the Benaroya Hall Ticket Office.

Evergreen Washelli thanks The Seattle Symphony for their generous donation of the roses and supports their efforts in funding music education programs and activities.

Evergreen Washelli would like to thank The Seattle Symphony and the NROTC University of Washington for making Sunday’s rose placement a success. Below is a KOMO news story covering the event.

Presented just once a year in Seattle at Benaroya Hall, home of the Seattle Symphony, the next concert is scheduled for Friday, May 8, 2015.