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Posted on: October 18, 2017

Honor Veterans with Memorial Engraving and Gold Star Recognition

An image of Veterans Monument
Honoring veterans doesn’t start and end on Nov. 11.

Mill Creek residents and community members who are veterans or have veterans in their family can apply to have names engraved on the City’s Veterans Monument, located in Library Park at 15429 Bothell Everett Highway.

There currently are about 345 names of U.S. men and women who served in the U.S. Armed Forces engraved in the six basalt columns with additional space available for more. The engraved columns serve to inspire future generations and can memorialize a veteran’s service to this country with their name, rank and service branch.

Mill Creek resident and businessman Fred Fillbrook served overseas in the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division and has his name as well as several of his family member’s names engraved on a memorial column.

“For me, it’s very important to remember the ones who didn’t come back,” Fillbrook said.

To apply for a name engraving on the monument, visit http://cityofmillcreek.com/monument. The monument includes a courtyard with a flagpole centerpiece.

Additionally, the City is seeking to recognize Gold Star families at this year’s Veterans Day events. A Gold Star signifies a service member who died or was killed, while serving in the Armed Forces. The Gold Star signifier started during World War I after it was placed over a service flag's blue star when a service member was killed in combat. The Gold Star represents a family's pride and honor in the sacrifice the service member who has passed rather than the mourning of personal loss.

“Not only are veterans honored on Veterans Day, but their families are honored too,” said Mill Creek Recreation and Tourism Manager Brian Davern. “It’s important to remember the families who also paid the ultimate sacrifice of losing a loved one. Through recognizing their service and engraving their names on this permanent memorial, the City is ensuring that those who’ve honored their country are not forgotten.”

To nominate a Gold Star family to be recognized, contact Brian Davern.
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