Sunday, July 16, 2017

July 2017 Meeting Reminder

The next Seattle Base meeting is this coming Wednesday, July 19, 2017. We will meet at VFW Post #2995 (4330 148th Ave N.E., Redmond WA 98052). Social hour starts at 6PM with business meeting at 7PM.
Come to the meeting and say hi to everyone!
We should be back in the main meeting room this month. We’ll get a recap of the Kirkland parade and have an opportunity to discuss upcoming events and activities, including the August Tolling the Boats ceremony. We will also have a Navy related speaker for the evening.

We hope to see you there!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

2017 Kirkland Independence Day Parade Photos

Once again the city of Kirkland did a nice job with the parade and all the festivities for celebrating Independence Day. The weather could not have been better for the 2017 Kirkland Independence Day Parade. It was sunny and warm, but not too hot, in the morning and during the parade.

As usual, veterans were presented with a boutonniere and we had some pizza before the parade. We had a good turnout from the submarine veterans and Silent Service Motorcycle Club (SSMC). The parade route was lined with a large and enthusiastic crowd.
The traditional veterans photo at Heritage Hall
Subvets meeting up at the float
Maureen and Kathy who always make sure the veterans are welcome and in the right place
Roy signing in, while Jerry gets some help with his flower
Kathy helps Pierre sign in
Cliff and Ralph enjoying the weather
Everyone enjoying some pizza in the shade
Kerry, Dutch, and Dave getting in a few bites before the parade
Seattle Base and SSMC members
Kerry and Ric ready for the parade
The parade started off with the Honor Guard, followed by some vehicles with World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War veterans, and the veterans group from Lake Washington Technical College.

Then the Seattle Base USSVI with our submarine float and Silent Service Motorcycle Club - Thresher Chapter.
Seattle Base banner leads
And Jim towing the float
A closer picture of the float
And then the Silent Service Motorcycle Club
As usual, there were a few stops along the way
We also had a malcontent or two ...
The were a lot of parade viewers and they seemed happy to see us
And we had an interesting lone viewer too
We all had a great time at the parade. We're looking forward to next year's parade and hope to see a few more members there.

Don't forget we are planning our Tolling the Boats ceremony for August 19 at the Kirkland Marina Pavilion.
Fourth of July crowd at the pavilion

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Kirkland Independence Day Parade Reminder

Seattle Base and the Silent Service Motorcycle Club will be participating in the Kirkland parade on Tuesday, July 4, 2016. The City of Kirkland goes all out for veterans and always has treats, lunch, and boutonnieres for all military members and veterans in the parade.
Veterans photo from the 2016 parade
You can start arriving around 9:00 AM. The city will start closing down streets near the parade route around 9:30. If you are arriving after that time it is best to plan to get to the parking areas from the north heading south down Market Street.

To get to the assembly area from I-405, you take Exit 18 off of 405, head west toward Kirkland. This road turns into Central Way. Follow Central until you reach Market and turn right to find parking at Heritage Park. You’ll pass Heritage Hall while looking for parking. Parking is available north of Heritage Hall in the boat ramp parking area and at Waverly Park.
Kirkland parade route, along with the parking area and assembly location
We will meet near Heritage Hall, the large white two-story building on the north side of the corner of Central Way and Market Street. The Seattle Base float will be in place in the assembly area around 9:30 and all submarine veterans and motorcycles can meet near the float. We should be near the start of the parade.

Refreshments will be served around 11:00 and we will gather for a veterans group photo shortly after that. The main parade starts at noon.

We hope to see you there!