On Monday May 28th, 2012, Evergreen Washelli will host our Annual Memorial Day Commemorative Service. Please join us as we honor America’s fallen and salute the flags on our “Avenue of Colors”.
The 1:30 p.m. concert will feature marches, patriotic selections and other music provided by the Seattle Pacific University Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Drum Corps. The Service of Remembrance begins at 2:00 p.m.
This year’s speaker is Captain Pete Mingo. Captain Pete Mingo received his commission in 1990 from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. After graduation, he served aboard the Coast Guard Cutter HAMILTON home ported in Boston, MA where he qualified as an Engineering Officer of the Watch and Officer of the Deck. Following this tour, Captain Mingo completed Naval Flight Training in Pensacola, FL and received his wings in December of 1995. He was subsequently stationed at Air Station Cape May, NJ and later relocated to Coast Guard Group/Air Station Atlantic City, NJ.
In 2000, Captain Mingo transferred to Jacksonville, FL and became a plank owner of HITRON-10, the Coast Guard’s only aviation-Counter Drug squadron. After four years of flying the MH-68A he transferred to the Maritime Security Response Team and completed an aircraft transition course. He then flew MH-60’s out of Air Station Elizabeth City, NC as part of the Coast Guard’s only Counter- Terrorism unit, focused exclusively on maritime security threats.
Captain Mingo was assigned to Aviation Training Center Mobile, AL in 2006 as the Chief of the Aviation Special Missions Branch. This Branch was responsible for Airborne Use of Force, Rotary Wing Air Intercept, and Joint Air-Surface Tactics. In 2008, Captain Mingo assumed the position as Chief of the Training Division, and was placed in charge of Aviation Training for the entire Coast Guard. With a staff of approximately 130 active duty and civilian instructors, he was responsible for initial and proficiency training in all of the Coast Guard’s fixed and rotary wing airframes.
In 2010, Captain Mingo was assigned to Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC where he assumed leadership of the Future Forces Project Division and later transferred to his current assignment in Seattle, WA as the Chief of Incident Management for Coast Guard District Thirteen.
Captain Mingo has amassed 3300 flight hours in Coast Guard helicopters and is the recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal (2), the Coast Guard Commendation Medal (2) and the Coast Guard Achievement Medal (4). Captain Mingo is a native of New London, CT and currently resides on Bainbridge Island, WA with his wife Patricia and two teenage daughters
Following the Memorial Day Commemorative Service, we invite you to attend a guided tour of the Veterans Memorial Cemetery and learn about the remarkable lives of the Medal of Honor recipients in our care.
Our guide this year will be David Bloch, son of the Medal of Honor recipient Orville Emil Bloch. We are extremely honored and excited to have him as our tour guide.
David will guide us through the history of the Veterans Memorial Cemetery, as well as teach us about the stories of Private William C. Horton, PFC Lewis Albanese, PFC William Kenzo Nakamura, 2nd LT Robert Ronald Leisy, Coxswain Harry Delmar Fadden, and of course Colonel Orville Emil Bloch.
Kindly meet us at the Doughboy Statue in the Veterans Memorial Cemetery at 3:15 pm. We ask for a $5.00 suggested donation for attendance, which will go to the purchase of flags for the Avenue of Flags. For more information, and to reserve a spot, please call us at (206)362-5200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.