Public invited to Federal Way’s annual Veterans Day observance

The 2017 Veterans Day observance “Honoring Our Own” runs 3 to 5 p.m. Nov. 11 at Todd Beamer High School, 35999 16th Ave. S. Mirror file photo

The community is invited to celebrate patriotism and show gratitude for the selflessness of military service at Federal Way’s annual Veterans Day observance, “Honoring Our Own,” from 3 to 5 p.m. Nov. 11 at Todd Beamer High School, 35999 16th Ave. S.

The keynote speaker will be Bill Knudsen, who lost his birth father in World War II when German guns shot down his plane over France. This inspired Knudsen to honor veterans by serving as a director of the Puget Sound Honor Flight. The PSHF funds transportation for veterans on “One Last Mission,” a trip to Washington, D.C., so they can visit and reflect at the memorials built in their honor.

Admission to ”Honoring Our Own” is free. On-site donations will be collected to benefit the William J. Wood Veterans House, 29404 Pacific Highway S., Federal Way. The public is encouraged to donate cleaning supplies, travel-sized hygiene kits, adult-sized clothing, and other necessities. The event is presented by the Historical Society of Federal Way and the Kiwanis Club.

To donate or learn more, visit, email or call 253-945-7842.

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