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Rededication Ceremony ~ December 7, 2010
Olympia Washington State Capital Grounds

This event coincided with the National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
and honored the restoration of the memorial.

             

             

             

Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs

Our beautiful state capital building ~ Olympia, Washington

Washington State WW II War Memorial Rededication Ceremony ~ December 7, 2010 ~ Olympia State Capital Grounds

Looking from the rear of the tent forward - It got to the point where it was standing room only

A display of the various shoulder patches that are, or have been, worn by service members of the Pacific Northwest

American Legion band that performed in the Presentation of Colors, the National Anthem, Amazing Grace and an Armed Forces Medley

From a forward vantage point looking to the rear of tent

Pretty important event with the looks of all the photography and video camera folks

Welcome presentation by Col. Rick Patterson (Ret.), Washington Army National Guard

Washington Army National Guard honor guard presents colors at the opening of the rededication ceremony

Mike Gregoire, husband of Washington State Governor Christine "Chris" Gregoire, and a
Vietnam war veteran, stands alongside keynote speaker Rear Admiral Herbert M. Bridge (Ret)
flanked by an unidentified Marine Lt. Colonel and Marine Master Sergeant

Pearl Harbor attack survivor George Smith (USS Oklahoma BB-37) during introduction to attendees

Speakers and dignitaries turn heads towards Pearl Harbor attack survivor George Smith (USS Oklahoma BB-37)
upon his introduction to the audience


Director Joyce Turner
Washington State Department of General Administration

Director John E. Lee
Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs


Keynote speaker Rear Admiral Herbert M. Bridge (Ret)
Admiral Bridge (U.S. Navy, retired) is a veteran of World War II and of the Korean War
and was in the Navy for 41 years prior to his retirement on March 14, 1985 at the age of 60.

American Legion band playing an Armed Forces Medley, theme songs from the five branches of the
armed forces, just prior to closing ceremonies. As the various service branch theme songs were played,
members of each respective armed service (Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard),
in attendance, stood and were recognized.

Washington Army National Guard honor guard strikes colors upon completion of the rededication ceremony

After the ceremonies, participants and attendees gathered outside for lighthearted conversation and comradre
(notice flags flying at half-mast)

Pearl Harbor veteran and McCleary, Washington resident Phil McCully chats with Brig. Gen. Lloyd Miles,
Deputy Commanding General of I Corps, Joint Base Lewis McChord, along with his military aide
after the rededication ceremony on the Washington State Capitol grounds.
On November 18, 2010, Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates announced that the President has nominated
Brig. Gen. Miles for appointment to the rank of major general.

Some former military personnel have permanent injuries brought about by military service on behalf of his or her country.
Native Americans, too, have served with distinction in our armed forces.

Rear Admiral Herbert (Herb) M. Bridge (U.S. Navy, retired) speaking with an unidentified former member
of the armed forces at completion of rededication ceremonies

Washington State World War II Memorial ~ On the Capital Grounds ~ Olympia, Washington

Naming bricks again can be read at the restored World War Two Memorial

Washington State WW II War Memorial

Rededication Ceremony ~ December 7, 2010
Olympia Washington State Capital Grounds

This event coincided with the National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
and honored the restoration of the memorial

A rededication of Washington State’s World War II Memorial took place at 11:00 a.m. December 7, 2010, on the grounds of the Washington State Capital building and coincided with the National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day and honored the restoration of the memorial. December 7, 2010 was the 69th anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day.

Washington State’s World War II Memorial was one of the first in the country to honor those who served in World War II and was originally dedicated in 1999.

Spearheading the event were Washington State’s Departments of Veterans Affairs and of General Administration.

Simon Kogan, the Olympia artist who created the memorial in 1999, restored the memorial and recreated the ghost images on the memorial’s five bronze blades, images which represent members of the armed forces as well as the civilians who participated in the conflict on the home front.

The 14-foot-high blades contain the names of the nearly 6,000 Washingtonians who were killed in the war. The memorial’s large granite stones are engraved with major battles fought by year and is surrounded by nearly 3,000 tiles (naming bricks), most of which include an engraved personal message from a family member or friend of a Washington veteran who served in the war. The tiles were installed during the summer of 2010 and replaced weathered original tiles.

Keynote speaker was Rear Admiral Herbert M. Bridge, U.S. Navy (retired), whose stellar comments were augmented by talks by John Lee of the Department of Veterans Affairs and Joyce Turner from Washington State’s General Administration Department. A Washington Army National Guard honor guard opened and closed the rededication ceremony. Welcoming was by Col. Rick Patterson (retired), Washington Army National Guard. Invocation was by Padre Francis Jeffery, Military Order of the Purple Heart.

Washington Soldiers Home
1301 Orting-Kapowsin Hwy.
PO Box 500
Orting, WA 98360
(360) 893-4515
Washington Veterans Home
1141 Beach Dr.
PO Box 698
Retsil, WA 98378
(360) 895-4700
Spokane Veterans Home
222 East 5th Ave.
Spokane, WA 99202
(509) 344-5770


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