A group of local students and community members, accompanied by two 13-year-old bagpipers, honored the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military at the Northshore Veterans Memorial outside Pop Keeney Stadium on Monday, May 31.
Adi Moss-Sheth, who attends Woodinville Montessori School, and Paul Mackay, of Lakeside School in Seattle, performed “Amazing Grace” and “Taps” to a crowd of roughly 40 people. The boys spent Memorial Day traveling around and performing at various memorials in the area.
“Memorial Day means remembering the bravery and conviction of people who served in the military,” Mackay said. “And how we can try to emulate them.”
Vietnam War veterans Parl Guthrie, Jim Morrison and Thom Fermstad were also in attendance at the event. Guthrie and Morrison, who spearheaded the creation of the memorial in 2019, met with Northshore School District Superintendent Michelle Reid earlier in the day to review their commitments to the memorial wall at Pop Keeney.
“We want to make sure that we represent each name equitably,” Reid said in a video posted on the district website.
Guthrie, a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3348, said the purpose of the remembrance is for current and future students to see the monument and know that their alumni had given the ultimate sacrifice to their country.