This Memorial Day, our community at Gig Harbor celebrated the day with a special tribute to our veterans. Merrill Gardens at Gig Harbor hosted a Memorial Day Balloon Release that attracted over 47 attendees.
The balloon release is an annual tradition, bringing out a crowd year after year. A few in attendance even made a long distance trek to be with us for the ceremony.
During the event, balloons were let go into the air – each one in remembrance of a loved one who had lost their lives while serving in our armed forces. Each balloon carried the name of the veteran and the branch of service the individuals wished to honor. Many participants arrived early before the 1:30 p.m. service to sign balloons with the names of family and friends who had served.
Those in attendance sang America the Beautiful and participated in a flag ceremony while remembering their loved ones. During the event, poems were also recited followed by prayer and a moment of silence.
We were fortunate to have great weather for the ceremony. Thank you to all of our attendees. We feel so fortunate to have been able to share this special memory with all of you.
Here are a few shots from the day :
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