Coupeville remembers vets

Coupeville Lions Club member David Barville leads people in singing the “Star Spangled Banner.” - Nathan Whalen/Whidbey News-Times
Coupeville Lions Club member David Barville leads people in singing the “Star Spangled Banner.”
— image credit: Nathan Whalen/Whidbey News-Times

For Ginny Munns, the Veterans Day ceremony in Coupeville was something special.

She unfurled the Marine Corps flag Thursday in recognition of her grandson Michael Turner, a Marine who returned to the United States three weeks ago after a tour in Afghanistan.

She was one of the 40 or so people who attended Coupeville’s Veterans Day ceremony that took place at the Veterans Memorial on the Island County campus.

The brief ceremony included unfurling the flags of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and the Merchant Marine, along with the POW flag and the United States flag.

For one parent, the ceremony provided an opportunity to teach his son about the sacrifices veterans have made.

“I think it’s a good thing for their generation to remember,” said Steve Marx, who attended the Coupeville ceremony for the first time. He brought his son, 11-year-old Ethan, and 11-year-old Jonah Garcia to the Veterans Memorial on a brisk, windy afternoon.

Ethan was impressed with the story of Bill Ethridge, who was a prisoner of war after being shot down in World War II. He was happy to see him attending the ceremony.

“A guy from World War II was shot down and we’re here to see him today,” Ethan said.

Coupeville Lions Club member David Barville led people in singing the “Star Spangled Banner” followed by “God Bless America.”

Coupeville Mayor Nancy Conard also quoted a poem, “A Nation’s Strength,” written by Walt Whitman.

The Central Whidbey Lions Club organized Coupeville’s ceremony and also placed flags along side Main Street that were flying briskly all day Thursday.

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