In what has become a time-honored observance by veterans across Kitsap County since 2011, the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners, Kitsap County Coroner's Office, Kitsap County Veterans Advisory Board and Combat Veterans International, with support from the City of Port Orchard, host The Unforgotten, Run to Tahoma Celebration of Life Ceremony on Memorial Day weekend.
Veterans will gather at the County Administration Building plaza, 619 Division Street, Port Orchard, for a brief ceremony that begins promptly at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 28 to honor the lives and service of their fallen comrades.
The Unforgotten, Run to Tahoma commemorates five deceased veterans who passed away in Kitsap County in the last year, whose remains were unclaimed by their families. The remains of these veterans will be received from the Kitsap County Coroner and escorted to Tahoma National Cemetery near Kent in a formal processional including local veteran motorcycle clubs. The public is invited to attend the ceremony and participate in the processional.
The ceremony at the Administration Building is expected to attract hundreds of people this year as COVID restrictions have lifted. Organizers ask for the public’s patience and understanding as the motorcycle processional departs Division Street and makes its way down Sydney Avenue to Tremont Street on its way to Highway 16 at about 11 a.m. For those who wish to travel to the cemetery, instructions will be provided at the Administration Building before departure.
Contact: Richard Becker, Kitsap County Veterans Assistance Program Coordinator