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A salute to Eastside veterans

November 11th, 2010 at Thu, 11th, 2010 at 2:57 pm by Chad Coleman

Retired Air Force servicemen Col. Merle Fister, left, and Warren Olson honor the flag during a Veterans Appreciation ceremony at Rosa Parks Elementary School in Redmond on Wednesday, November 10, 2010. On this Veterans Day, we remember those that have served our country, and today I remember my grandfather that served in World War II. Today’s post shows military service members and their families from around the Eastside and a nod to some veterans I have been honored to photograph in the past. Thank you again!

Fourth grader Austin Gray, left, presents retired US Navy Senior Chief Wally Suggs with flowers during a Veterans Appreciation ceremony at Rosa Parks Elementary School in Redmond on Wednesday, November 10, 2010.

Erin Markus, center, whose husband Air Force Staff Sgt. Christopher Markus is currently seving overseas, speaks during a Veterans Appreciation ceremony at Rosa Parks Elementary School in Redmond on Wednesday, November 10, 2010.

The Puma choir sings “Star spangled Banner” during a Veterans Appreciation ceremony at Rosa Parks Elementary School in Redmond on Wednesday, November 10, 2010.

Fourth grader Dylan Notturno, gets a hug from his mother, Cindy Notturno, who accepted flowers in honor of the military service Dylan’s grandfather and uncle during a Veterans Appreciation ceremony at Rosa Parks Elementary School in Redmond on Wednesday, November 10, 2010.

Redmond resident Mary Jo Bogden, with picture of her son Michael, 28, displayed on her computer, her counseling office at Lake Washington High School in Kirkland, Ocotber 28, 2010.

Kodi Tupling, age 18 months, and mother LaTessa Tupling with a family protrait including Army Spc. Dale Tupling who is currently serving overeas. Photographed at LaTessa’s family home in Kirkland, October 28, 2010.

Lifelong Mercer Island resident Huston Riley was the soldier in the surf from a famous World War II D-Day invasion image by the late photographer Robert Capa. Riley at his home that his parents built on the Island, photographed May 8, 2009.

Sergeant Kurtis W. Bennett, looks on as son Austin, 2, inspects his father’s  the Purple Heart medal during a presentation ceremony by Sen. Patty Murray at the Jackson Federal Building in downtown Seattle, January 7, 2010. Sgt. Bennett, of Iron Company, 3D Squadron, 2D Stryker Calvary Regiment was awarded the medal for wounds received in action in Iraq in 2008.

Bellevue veteran Elden Larson stands outside a B-17 Flying Fortress before a return to the air 64 years after his last flight in World War II, in May 2009.


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