National Grandparents Day 2014

August 3rd, 2014

National Grandparents DayIn the wake of Mothers Day and Fathers Day, we now turn our attention forward to National Grandparents Day. In 1978, U.S. President Jimmy Carter signed a proclamation creating the holiday, knowing it was important to recognize the millions of grandparents in the country for the love and support they give their families. As President Carter wrote, “Grandparents are our continuing tie to the near-past, to the events and beliefs and experiences that so strongly affect our lives and the world around us.”

The official flower of National Grandparents Day is the Forget-Me-Not. Adopted in 1999, it is a spring blooming flower that encourages us to pursue lasting memories between generations while also serving as a somber reminder that the time to do so is limited. In honor of this, Evergreen Washelli is offering free Forget-Me-Not seed packets.

Please visit our main office at our Seattle location any time between 9am and 5pm on Sunday, September 7th to receive a seed packet and plant some beautiful flowers in honor of your grandparents.

 

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Unveiling: Life Celebrations by Washelli

July 9th, 2014

2013-03-12 12.15.36 Evergreen Washelli’s Bothell funeral home has recently undergone an extensive transformation. Life Celebrations by Washelli now showcases its multifunctional memorial and events center. Our event center, caterers and skilled staff are available for weddings, funerals/memorials,  receptions, business meetings or any celebration of life.

                We invite you to attend our open house to showcase the facilities changes. There will be music by Michael J Good, hors d’oeuvres, and prize drawings. Invite your family and friends, and come explore our innovative event facilities.

Details:

Thursday, July 17, 2014

4:30 PM – 6:30 PM

18224 103rd Ave NE
 Bothell, WA 98011

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June Caregiver Award

July 3rd, 2014

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Evergreen Washelli would like to introduce the Caregiver of the Month Award winner for June – Linda HaptonstallKing County Chaplain and Pastoral Associate.  Linda helps families in many different capacities.  She went above and beyond in helping assist families that were effected during the recent tragedy in Oso, as well as those that were involved in the search and rescue efforts.  Linda makes many personal sacrifices in order to console, counsel or just be a listening ear for people in her community & county. Linda is a blessing to all she comes in contact with! A sincere thank-you, Linda, from the entire Evergreen Washelli Family and from our community!

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Bothell Funeral Home Open House

June 16th, 2014

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Taiwanese Community Center Meeting

June 12th, 2014

You are cordially invited to attend a workshop for Taiwanese Community Center members and friends on Monday, June 16th, 2014, at the Evergreen-Washelli Celebration Hall, 11111 Aurora Avenue N, Seattle, WA 98133. The presentation begins at 11:00 AM and will be followed by a complimentary lunch buffet. In order that we may comfortably serve all attendees, we appreciate your RSVP by Saturday, June 14th.. Please RSVP to: Reneé Hargrave, 206.362.5200, ext 309, or by email to: rhargrave@washelli.com.

At this meeting we will provide you with the opportunity to:

  • Review your file if you are a lot owner to assess what is done and what remains to complete
  • Purchase our Guaranteed Travel Assurance Plan coverage, which protects you while traveling anywhere in the world (nationally and internationally)
  • View a map of the existing section showing current lot owners as well as limited available graves
  • Discuss if there is a need and interest to expand the section
  • Discuss the plans for the development of a landscaped feature area
  • Tour the Tribute Center, Celebration Hall and brand new crematory (optional)
  • Caravan to tour the Taiwanese Garden Section at Abbey View, Brier for those who have never been there or who have trouble finding it  (optional)

In addition, you will learn about the Taiwanese Discount Program on:

  • Additional cemetery space for family members as very few graves are left!
  • Any cemetery items you still may need (i.e., monuments, vaults, opening & closing of the grave)
  • Pre-arranged funeral plans which freeze future funeral costs at today’s price (Important notice:  our funeral prices are scheduled to go up July 1st !  Why not save twice by taking advantage of the old prices while they are still in effect and receive a discount besides?)

In addition to the above Taiwanese Discount Program, anyone prepared to complete their purchase at the workshop will receive an additional incentive discount that is applicable that day only*!

We look forward to meeting you on June 16th and know that you will find our meeting extremely beneficial!

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A Pinch of Sand

June 1st, 2014
“Those who died on Omaha Beach on the longest day are not forgotten and still live in the hearts of free men everywhere”

“Those who died on Omaha Beach on the longest day are not forgotten and still live in the hearts of free men everywhere”

Written by Gregory “Skip” Dreps

I was a geology student at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in the 1960s before I was drafted into the Army for duty in Vietnam. I was asked by an instructor to find the richest known mineral deposit on Earth. It was a single question final exam that we had all term to answer. Little did I know that for weeks I searched for the answer with a forensic eye for value based on riches. Was it where there was diamonds, oil, uranium, gold or fossils?

The question begged to define the word richest and it wasn’t in the ground where I would find its answer, but in my heart.

I grew up in Chicago and was blessed that my public education included periodic visits by World War II veterans. There I learned that the most expensive piece of Earth was in France in a place called Normandy. I remember clearly a pinch of that sand was worth many a man’s life or limb, and on the longest day in history it was worth the world.

My argument was worth a passing grade my instructor lamented after the term, but it was clearly not the answer for a course in forensic geology. The instructor remarked it was an abstract solution and suggested I should change my major to philosophy. I postulated that if I had a sample from Omaha Beach, and a day with an electronic microscope, I could prove the sand contained the richest mineral deposit in the remains of war where the greatest price was paid for my freedom and a free world. It would be another twenty years until my proof was discovered.

Earle McBride and Dane Picard were traveling across France conducting geologic fieldwork in 1988 when they took time out to play tourists at Omaha Beach, site of one of the most ferocious battles during the D-Day invasion more than forty years earlier. It was a miserably cold and blustery day. They tarried just long enough to scoop a sample of beach sand into a little baggie.

McBride, a professor emeritus in the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin, collects sand pretty much any chance he gets. By analyzing sand from modern dunes, beaches and rivers from a wide range of sites around the world, he can link the mineral compositions of ancient sandstones to the kinds of environments that forged them.

A few years after the French trip, he put the beach sand under a microscope and discovered tiny metal shards mixed in with the ordinary bits of quartz and other materials that he expected to see. Those shards turned out to be shrapnel from the famous World War II invasion. On closer examination, he also found iron and glass beads that had resulted from the intense heat unleashed by explosions in the air and sand.

“It is of course not surprising that shrapnel was added to the Omaha Beach sand at the time of the battle, but it is surprising that it survived forty-plus years and is doubtless still there today,” wrote McBride and Picard, currently a professor emeritus at the University of Utah, in an article for Earth magazine last year.

In the early hours of June 6, 1944, more than 160,000 Allied troops poured from planes and ships onto the heavily fortified shores of Normandy, France. Omaha Beach was one of five Allied landing points along a fifty-mile (eighty-kilometer) stretch of coastline.

“The battles were bloody and brutal,” wrote McBride and Picard, “but by day’s end, the Allies had established a beachhead.” It proved to be the turning point of the war. McBride was just twelve years old in 1944. I had not yet been born.

To analyze the sand, McBride first mixed the tiny grains with a blue epoxy, making what amounted to artificial sandstone, and then sliced it into thin sections. Under an optical microscope operating in transmission mode (in which light passes through the sample), he could see opaque grains.

In the 1960s, detectives with the Texas Department of Public Safety brought Earle McBride a sample of sand collected from the pant cuff of a murder suspect. They wanted to know if the suspect had been to the Rio Grande. Within seconds, McBride could tell that the sand was from the Colorado River near Austin. Some telltale signs: It had pink potassium feldspar grains derived from granite in the Llano region, which are commonly found in the Colorado River but not in the Rio Grande; and there were no sand grains derived from volcanic rocks, something common in sands from the Rio Grande but not from the Colorado.

“Unfortunately, that wasn’t the answer the police wanted, so I got dismissed,” he said. “That was my first foray into forensic science.” McBride’s sand collection is carefully stored in hundreds of bags and bottles in row after row of metal drawers in the basement of the Jackson Geosciences Building.

Adding another light source to see reflected light, the grains of sand from Omaha Beach appeared shiny, an unusual feature for naturally occurring minerals. The shard-like angularity of the grains suggested these were not naturally formed. Ordinary ocean wave action along the shore tends to blunt sharp edges. Other tests showed the metal shards contained large amounts of iron and were magnetic. At this point, he had no doubt these were pieces of shrapnel.

McBride reported that four percent of the sand is made up of these bits of shrapnel, ranging in size from very fine to coarse (0.06 to 1 millimeter). Because the beach surface is continually being reworked by wind and waves, a sample taken on another day might have yielded a different abundance.

He also found trace amounts of spherical iron beads and glass beads. Some iron beads were broken, revealing hollow centers. Using a scanning electron microscope, he was able to study the shape, texture and size of all three explosively produced structure types in greater detail.

McBride and Picard published their full results in the September 2011 edition of The Sedimentary Record, a quarterly journal of The Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM).

“Today, the only visible indications of the horrific battles fought at Omaha Beach are some concrete casements above the beach and nearby cemeteries that quietly mark the thousands of lives lost,” wrote McBride and Picard.

Gone are the wrecks of planes, ships and tanks, the shell casings, the scraps of rotted boot leather, and all the other detritus of war long since spirited away by generations of beachcombers. And so it fell to a pair of geologists to pluck one last relic from the sand, hidden under the feet of thousands of tourists every year.

Unlike the global layer of radioactive fallout from the 1950s atomic bomb tests that geologists and others now use to calibrate their tools for dating geologic materials, the microscopic fingerprint of the D-Day invasion probably won’t endure long.

McBride says the iron-rich shrapnel shards could probably withstand the scouring action of waves alone for hundreds of thousands of years. But studying the shrapnel grains under high magnification, he observed particles of iron oxide, or rust, created by a chemical reaction between saltwater and iron. Waves churn the iron fragments, which rubs off some of the rust and exposes fresh material, which is more amenable to rusting, which in turn gets rubbed off, and so on.

“The net result is these things will get smaller and smaller and then finally get carried away by storms or hurricanes and be taken out of the beach,” says McBride, “so their time is numbered.”

“The combination of chemical corrosion and abrasion will likely destroy the grains in a century or so,” wrote McBride and Picard, “leaving only the memorials and people’s memories to recall the extent of devastation suffered by those directly engaged in World War II.”

My military experience took me to Normandy twice in the 1970s. The first time was when I was selected as a jumpmaster to re-enact the 30th anniversary of the D-Day parachute assault in Eindhoven. Following the jump, a couple of us earned a three-day pass and headed off to visit the American Cemetery in Normandy and visited Omaha Beach. We walked the 7,000 yards of pristine sand alone; it took us a couple hours and we hardly said a word. The experience was so overwhelming we all forgot to take some sand, but we left with a memory that we would never forget.

We walked on the most expensive beach in history. The price paid there could not be measured in the more than nine thousand white stones in the cemetery or the families that they left behind, or never had; or the way that they could have changed the world, but didn’t get a second chance; and the cost for that longest day could not be measured in the years it took to plan for that moment when the first boat in the first wave hit the beach that started to turn the ocean red.

My second time in Normandy was a year later after I finished French Commando training in Kiel. Another three days free, following training patterned after the tactics developed by the French Resistance in World War II, I was determined to see the beach again to give my body time to heal from the three week school in urban warfare that included a brutal course in escape and evasion. My other classmates went to Paris and I travelled alone across France.

This time I didn’t walk the beach; I just sat for a long time in one spot and watched the waves meet the sand. I wanted to focus into a single pointedness my memory of the moment so I would never forget. Soon I made contact of sound with the sense organ of the ear; then by contact of smell with the sense organ of the nose; by contact of taste with the sense organ of the tongue; by contact of touch with the sense organ of the body; and by contact of mental objects with the sense organ of the mind.

It became clear that each grain of sand on that empty beach was not inert, but filled with life. A life-energy had been burned into it with a countless baptism of heroic spirit. If I could see into a grain of sand the 360 degrees of cutting surface with an electronic microscope, then I would also see in a grain of Omaha Beach sand forensic evidence that there had been a great battle fought here. Looking at it with my mind’s eye, I could see countless faces between every degree in every grain and in every face there was a peaceful smile.

I returned to my unit and left France for my station in Italy without a grain of sand from the beach, but with a new sense of what was important in life. I was a richer man for the experience. My travels had taken me twice to a place that contained the richest minerals in the world in a single grain of sand on a beach that was miles long and feet deep. I felt like I gained the wisdom of the richest king in the Bible; the greatest gift in life is freedom and that is what each grain of sand from Omaha Beach means to me.

It is a great comfort to know that even if in a hundred years, or thousands, all the grains of sand on Normandy’s Omaha Beach that witnessed the longest day disappear and are replaced, purified by Nature, we will still remember in stone in the cemetery the sacrifice to make Omaha Beach sand the richest mineral on Earth. One day, far away, when Nature turns even that stone to sand and disappears from beach to ocean, our children’s children will still remember.

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Memorial Day Coverage

May 30th, 2014

10409371_10152156372557219_4087122898863652171_n10410966_10152156371822219_5654563788732125126_nMemorial Day this year was a huge success, the turnout was wonderful! Thank you all for making it such a memorable event.

If you weren’t able to make it, media coverage of the event was extensive. Take a moment to check out the beautiful photos and videos.

Father, son comb cemetery to honor ‘forgotten’ vets

Video postcards from two local Memorial Day Services

Watch: Volunteers honor fallen veterans on Memorial Day

A humble salute: 2 historic anniversaries noted this year along with Memorial Day

We also received one heartfelt e-mail from an EW employee helping with her first Memorial Day with us. Take a look at this touching message:

 

I was JUST gazing out the window at all of the beautiful decorated graves, here at Abbey View…when the email arrived discussing all of the comments made by visitors that filled out our surveys on memorial day.

It made me think.  I came in today, maybe moving a little slower than usual.  I kind of have the feeling after throwing a FABULOUS dinner party…and now I have to box up the leftovers, take out the garbage, and be sure to send “Thank You cards” to all of the guests for their hostess gifts.  It has been a long week.  I know that everyone at Evergreen Washelli has poured their “all” of whatever they had to contribute, into the last few days while they were at work.

Just as one lady felt touched by our gracious Columbarium employees, I was sincerely inspired by the “rally of the troops” that EW coordinated in order to make this Memorial day a deeply meaningful, spiritual, and even a “fun” time for so many visitors that have family and friends here.

This was my first EW/Abbey View Memorial Day Celebration; so, the first time I was “behind the scenes.”  I grew up with Memorial Day being an impromptu family reunion!  All of the family members that could get to the cemetery,  would be sure to come.  The older folks hobbled, after parking their old cars, towards the Family Plot, where the bubbly crowd had started growing at the earliest part of the day. 

Everyone brought fresh-cut flowers from their very own gardens.  Then, (as if asked), each recited their Almanac inspired skills of flower cultivation that it took for them to be able to present such impressive and bountiful blooms gathered in cardboard boxes, arranged in bouquets only when they are about to be placed at our loved ones’ graves. 

As always, the eldest spontaneously begin re-telling highly embellished stories to the younger people in the family, about the people that were in the very graves we were visiting.  I remember vividly, hearing laughter, and tears…and then tears of laughter, as the old folks relayed the lives of the people that used to be the old folks when they were growing up! They had listened, and now found themselves in the position of passing on the torch of familial ties and history to the latest of the generations attending our Memorial Day family gathering.

So, I guess I was trying to say that EW helps keep the nostalgia and respect in Memorial Day for so many.  EW knows what “it” is in our hearts that we didn’t care about when we were younger, but somehow ‘clicks” inside us in later years, reminding us of how important it is to remember from where we came, and to pass on the stories.

I am very proud to work for Evergreen Washelli/Abbey View!  Thank you for all that you do that makes me so proud!

Deborah Valentine

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Email From Our May Caregiver

May 30th, 2014

maycaregiDerek,

 Today I was presented with the caregiver of the month award and I wanted to express my gratitude.  I had never heard of this recognition before and was hugely surprised when I was the recipient at my staff meeting today.  Our job is not always easy and our days don’t always end how we want them to.  My heart hurts for the families that have to go through this.  It is such an honor that they would think of honoring us despite what they are going through.  It means the world to me as a nurse that I was able to make an impact on the families that I care for.

 Thank you so very much,

 Jennifer Bugbee

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Hot Rods, Hot Dogs & Motorcycles

May 30th, 2014

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Rock and Walk for the Tears Foundation

May 30th, 2014

dsdfsfdThe Tears Foundation is a local organization that is making a tremendous difference in the lives of families that have lost small children,.  They are a non- profit 501 (c3) organization that seeks to compassionately assist bereaved parents with financial expenses when they are faced with the loss of a small child. 

We have worked with this organization many times and have been thoroughly impressed with their goal and the work that they do.  They are hosting a Rock & Walk Event Saturday June 28th at Willis Tucker Community Park in Snohomish (Mill Creek/Snohomish Area) from 9:00 am – 12:00pm.   

Evergreen Washelli is a Gold Sponsor of this event.  We, also, are putting together a team to participate in the Walk!  We will be wearing special shirts that will have the Tears Foundation logo on the front, and our Washelli Logo on the back with a heartfelt statement.   We would love you to join us in this amazing cause and help raise money for those families that are in need.
 Details:

WHEN – June 28th, 2014  9:00 am – 12:00 pm

WHERE – Willis Tucker Community Park (6705 Puget Park Dr. Snohomish WA 98296)

WHO’S ATTENDING:  You and your Friends!!!!!

 

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  Invite your family and friends to join you in this amazing cause!  Anyone can register at https://www.firstgiving.com/team/268168

 

 

 

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