8th Annual Chili Fest

August 31st, 2014

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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 Spicer at Evergreen Washelli, 206-362-5200. For wreath donations, please refer to the link http://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/store/individual-wreath-sponsorship/ 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

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17th Annual Holiday Remembrance Service

August 28th, 2014

Join Evergreen Washelli on December 8th 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, 2013

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

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5th Annual Rose Placement to Honor Veterans

August 28th, 2014

Rose Placement April 2nd, 2011

On Saturday May 9th 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.

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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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