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To honor the men and women who served in the armed forces, Mt. Si Senior Center hosted a free lunch for all veterans Monday, welcoming dozens of service people from all branches of the military. The event featured comments from retired Air Force Colonel Becky Steidle, the Rev. Lee Carney-Hartman of Snoqualmie United Methodist Church and North Bend Mayor Ken Hearing, as well as a meal of Yankee pot roast, raffle of the beautiful handmade blanket created by the senior center’s yarn therapy group, and treats from an area veteran-owned business.
In her invocation, Carney-Hartman emphasized the prayer for peace element of the program, and the folly of war. Mayor Hearing gave a brief history of the story of the U.S.’s recognition of the unknown soldier, a tradition the country adopted from Great Britain after World War I. The tomb of the unknown soldier in Arlington National Cemetery is a monument to the fallen, and a place to mourn and commemorate for the families who never learned the fates of their soldiers after the war.
Following the lunch was the blanket raffle. Each veteran had been given a free ticket for the prize raffle when he or she signed in. The winner was Roberto Guevara.
About Mt. Si Senior Center: Mt. Si Senior Center, founded in 1977, is an independent non-profit senior center, serving adults, age 50 and older in North Bend, Snoqualmie, Fall City, and the surrounding areas. The center’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for older adults in the Snoqualmie Valley by providing services and support in the areas of health and wellness, information and assistance, social and recreational opportunities, housing and transportation, so we can all live in a world in which all seniors are supported and treated with respect.