by Patheresa Wells
Under the first clear skies the area had received in days, this past Saturday, Nov. 20, community members teamed up with volunteers from The Mission Continues, a veterans organization that promotes community service, to spruce up the Mapes Creek Walkway in Rainier Beach.
The walkway is not only an essential pedestrian path for the neighborhood but environmentally, Mapes Creek plays a critical part as a Chinook salmon-rearing habitat with the creek flowing into Lake Washington. But the walkway has transformed over the years: Once used as a dumping ground, community members like those present Saturday are now working to address the need for a safe, accessible, and artistic pathway reflective of the neighborhood.
Continue reading Neighbors and Veterans Team Up for Mapes Creek Walkway Cleanup
by Mark Van Streefkerk
Last Thursday, right before the Mariners win over the Texas Rangers, there was a special pregame presentation in honor of Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. As part of the presentation, the Mariners recognized important AAPI contributions to the region, honored the founders of Our Stories Are Your Stories, and in a special segment — Salute To Those Who Serve — the team recognized Gene Moy, a 104 year-old Chinese American World War Two veteran.
Continue reading Beacon Hill Resident Gene Moy Celebrated As One of Oldest Living World War Two Vets
by Peter Sessum
This is one of those things that drives veterans crazy, admittedly some take it too far. Civilians don’t see why it matters and while they don’t intend to offend, some do not fully grasp why thanking veterans on Memorial Day bothers most of us so much. I tell people it is like wishing me a happy birthday on my dead brother’s birthday. Continue reading OPINION: Don’t Thank Veterans on Memorial Day, Join Them in Honoring the Fallen
by Will Sweger
The first homeless encampment I visited was in Iraq along a tributary of the Tigris River. My platoon was conducting a census of squatters living outside company housing for a nearby oil-processing facility.
The camps make for fertile recruiting grounds for people willing to perform a variety of tasks associated with insurgency. You could make quick cash digging a hole in a road for someone else to come along and slip a homemade bomb into. Continue reading Homeless Veterans Create Community Together on Beacon Hill
by Fred Quarnstrom, D.D.S.
It is Veterans Day again and is the 50th anniversary year of my time in Vietnam.
I joined the Naval Reserves while in dental school in 1960. I would have a job the day I graduated. I could use the officer’s club where drinks were a quarter and it was an impressive place to take a date. The Navy did not pay any tuition, books or expenses, nor was there any monthly pay. There were no monthly meetings. There was no war in Vietnam. Continue reading Remembering Vietnam, 50 Years Later: One Dentist’s Story