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May 19, 2009 at 4:33pm

Flickr Post of the Day

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May 19, 2009 at 2:28pm

Wash. Guard: This is how you do it


Wa-NAtion-Guard-Thailand Some of us head to Thailand for beautiful beaches, take in the sites and load up of Pad Thai. The Washington National Guard is in Thailand to hone the country's first responders' skills in port security, fire fighting, search and rescue and command and control. Read the full story here.

U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jon Soucy  

May 19, 2009 at 9:36am

Care Team training tonight


Care Team training will take place on tonight from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Waller Hall in the main briefing room.

A Care Team is a group of two to three volunteers, trained to assist families through their greatest sacrifice, the loss of a loved one. Care Teams are designed to assist and support these families, filling the gap between notification and arrival of their personal support system.

To register, e-mail or call 253.967.8430. Child care is available with prior reservation by calling Clarkmoor Hourly Care at 253.966.2490. Children must be registered with CYSS.

Filed under: Familes, Fort Lewis, Volunteer,

May 19, 2009 at 9:13am

State of the state department


Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Michael Mullen addressed the Brookings Institute yesterday in Washington, D.C. He believes the U.S. needs to groom a more robust and active state department around the world.

Filed under: News To Us,

May 19, 2009 at 8:49am

Morning Report

May 19, 2009 at 12:26am

Nonstandard Operating Procedures: Tuesday


Bisonbc 1. Bison,
who prides themselves on an intense live show: the smashing of cymbals
and bashing on guitars marks the moment when the five members take the
stage, play Hell's Kitchen tonight Hellfyre Empyre and Kill the King.

2. The Zeit-Bike exhibit runs through May 22 at the Tacoma Art Museum. This year's theme is "Spoke Tales."

3. Nicholas Nyland's show at mineral
consists of one ambitious three-dimensional work and about a dozen
smaller and more modest wall hanging paintings and sculptures.

4. Rare documents and medical equipment help uncover a century's development of nursing in Washington as part of the Nurses at Your Service: A Century of Caring exhibit at the Washington State History Museum.

5. Roy Douglas, Sara LaRiviere and Kurt Lindsay record live at Rhapsody In Bloom beginning at 7 p.m.

LINK: Live music and DJs in the South Sound

LINK: Local movie starting times

LINK: South Sound Restaurant Guid

Filed under: 5 Things To Do, Arts, Music, Tacoma,

May 18, 2009 at 4:36pm

Flickr Post of the Day

, originally uploaded by alexandros__M.
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May 18, 2009 at 3:33pm

Memorial Day events


Every year, Memorial Day commemorates U.S. men and women who died while in the military service. It was first enacted to honor Union soldiers of the Civil War (it is celebrated near the day of reunification after the civil war) and it was expanded after World War I to include American casualties of any war or military action. In addition to a national moment of remembrance - which will be observed Monday at 3 p.m. - there are various events going on across western Washington. Here is a sample of a few.


What: Fort Lewis 555th Engineer Brigade firing detail and guest speaker
Where: Vaughn Bay Cemetery, 100th Street KPN and 186th Avenue KPN, Vaughn
When: 1 p.m.

What: Fort Lewis' 191st Infantry Brigade color guard, I Corps Band, firing detail

Where: Fir Lane Memorial Park, 924 176th St. E., Spanaway

When: 1 p.m.


What: Fort Lewis Memorial Day ceremony with Brig. Gen. Jeff Mathis remarks, I Corps Band and I Corps command honor guard
Where: Fort Lewis cemetery, Fort Lewis
When: 11:30 a.m.

What: Lakewood Memorial Day ceremony with 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division color guard and chaplain
Where: Mountain View Memorial Park, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd. S.W., Lakewood
When: 2 p.m.

What: Tacoma Memorial Day ceremony featuring Pierce County Medal of Honor recipients
War Memorial Park, MacArthur Street and Sixth Avenue, Tacoma
2 p.m.

What: Memorial Day ceremony
Where: Woodlawn Cemetery, 5930 Mullen Rd SE, Lacey 
When: 4:30 p.m.

What: Sumner Memorial Day ceremony featuring firing detail from 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, I Corps Band, military chaplain speaks
Where: Sumner Cemetery, 12324 Valley Ave. E., Sumner 
When: 10 a.m.

What: Memorial Day ceremony
Where: Mills and Mills Funeral Home, 5725 Littlerock Rd. SW, Tumwater
When: 2 p.m.

What: Korean War CVeterans memorial wreath-laying
Where: Capitol Campus, Olympia
When: 11 a.m.

What: Spanaway Memorial Day ceremony featuring firing detail from 4th Squadron, 6th Air Cavalry Regiment, color guard and speakers from 191st Infantry Brigade
Where: Bethany Cemetery, 26418 Mountain Hwy. E., Spanaway
When: 10:30 a.m.

What: Thurston County Veterans Council ceremony
Where: State Capitol Rotunda, Olympia
When: 11 a.m.

What: Milton Veterans Memorial ceremony with Fort Lewis garrison commander Col. Cynthia Murphy remarks
Where: Triangle Park, 15th Avenue and Milton Way, Milton
When: 11 a.m.

What: NABVETS Day of Honor
Where: Bethlehem Baptist Church, 4818 Portland Ave., Tacoma
When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

What: Evergreen-Washelli 83rd annual Memorial Day service
Where: 11111 Aurora Avenue North, Seattle
When: 1:30 p.m.

What: Remember and Honor the Fallen Soldiers of the Republic of Vietnam and America Ceremony
Where: Vietnam Memorial, State Capitol, Olympia
When: 2 to 4 p.m.

What: Vietnam Veterans ThunderRun 2009
Where: The run departs Destination Harley (2302 Pacific Highway East, Tacoma) at 11 a.m., and Northwest Harley (8000 Freedom Lane NE, Lacey) at noon. Riders rendezvous at the Vietnam Memorial at the State Capitol in Olympia.
When: The ceremony starts at 12:45 p.m.
More info: Cost is $10 per individual and $15 per couple and all proceeds go to Supporting Veterans and The Fisher House. For more information, call 360-359-0516 or 253-460-0587.

What: Washington Soldiers Home Memorial Day ceremony
Where: Chilson Hall, 1301 Orting/Kapowsin Hwy, Orting
When: 2 p.m.

What: Puyallup Memorial Day ceremony with 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division representation
Where: Pioneer Park Pavilion, 210 W. Pioneer, Puyallup
When: 1 p.m.

What: Veterans Resource Center Memorial Day Tribute
Where: Langley Middle School Auditorium, 723 Camano Ave., Langley
When: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Filed under: Holidays, Olympia, Tacoma,

May 18, 2009 at 12:02pm

Lowe's offers military discount


This just in:

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Lowe's Companies, Inc. announced today it will offer all active, reserve, honorably discharged, and retired military personnel and their immediate family members a 10 percent discount on in-store purchases made during the Memorial Day holiday.  The discount is available May 21-25.
The discount is available on in-stock and special order purchases up to $5,000.  To qualify, individuals must present a valid military ID or other proof of service. Excluded from the discount are sales via, previous sales, and purchases of services or gift cards. The offer is not redeemable for cash and is nontransferable.
In addition to offering military discounts, Lowe's has extended benefits for its employees serving in the military and offers employment opportunities to military personnel after their military service has ended.

Filed under: Bargains, Familes,

May 18, 2009 at 11:25am

Gates on 60 Minutes


Pentagon Channel Reports: Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he does his job almost exclusively for the young men and women in uniform.

Orlando Sentinel: Gates tells CBS' Katie Couric that he doesn't enjoy his job.

Filed under: Defense News, Screens,

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