Photo by Jessie Stensland / Whidbey News-Times

Photo by Jessie Stensland / Whidbey News-Times

Flying the flag for Memorial Day

Members of a Search and Rescue crew from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island hang along with a flag from a helicopter as it flew above the crowd at the end of the Memorial Day remembrance at Maple Leaf Cemetery in Oak Harbor. U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, Capt. Matt Arny, Mayor Bob Severns and retired Navy officer Pete Hunt spoke at the ceremony about the importance of remembering those who served the country and gave the ultimate sacrifice. Oak Harbor High School NJROTC presented the missing man table and the folding of the flag. The VFW, American Legion and Fleet Reserve presented the wreath laying. Oak Harbor High School Choir, vocalist Valerie Rocha and Navy Band Northwest provided the music.