Rep. Jesse Young to help coordinate events honoring local veterans

Rep. Jesse Young, R-Gig Harbor, is helping coordinate two events to honor local military veterans in Kitsap County. The events include the first annual Drill and Dog event following the Bremerton Armed Forces Day parade. The Drill and Dog event will feature the South Kitsap Junior ROTC drill team and is hosted by 7-Eleven. The event is to help raise awareness for a military cemetery clean up in Port Orchard May 30th.

“The Armed Forces Day parade is a long-standing tradition in Kitsap County and I am looking forward to this opportunity to honor the service of our military heroes,” said Young. “It's a privilege to serve a legislative district with such a storied military presence. Every year, I look forward to attending the Armed Forces Day parade with my family because it is a great opportunity to thank those men and women in our community who have served our nation and defended our freedoms.”

This is the 67th installment of the parade which is attended by nearly 30,000 people annually and is considered the largest and longest running military appreciation parade in the country.

“I appreciate the efforts of the Bremerton Chamber of Commerce and their commitment to keeping this important tradition running after 67 years,” Young said. “This is a unique event in our region, and I am committed to doing all I can to ensure the legacies of our military veterans are not forgotten.”

The Drill and Dog event will provide a free hot dog and chips to the first 1000 parade spectators, while entertaining them with live drill sets performed by the Junior ROTC cadets. It will take place at the 7-Eleven located at 802 Sixth Street, along the parade route in Bremerton, immediately following the parade.

“It has been an absolute pleasure working with 7-Eleven and the JROTC leadership on setting this up!  Both have been enthusiastically supportive and cooperative while eager to serve,” Young said. “Hopefully, we can make this a yearly tradition to cap off an already spectacular event!”

Information will also be available for those interested in participating in the Washington Veterans Home Cemetery clean up on May 30 in Port Orchard.

“Not only am I looking forward to celebrating our armed forces, I also encourage everyone to consider supporting the clean up efforts at the Washington Veterans Home Cemetery on May 30,” Young said. “I think it is an important thing for us to do, and this will only be the start of our efforts, as there exist many of opportunities within the district to roll up our sleeves and honor those who have sacrificed for us.”

For additional information, residents are asked to contact Young's office directly.


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