John Plumlee, who served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, shakes hands with South King Fire and Rescue Commissioner Bill Fuller at the Nov. 11, 2017 Honoring Our Own Veterans Day observance. Plumlee is seated next to his son, Ed Plumlee, retired deputy fire chief. File photo

John Plumlee, who served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, shakes hands with South King Fire and Rescue Commissioner Bill Fuller at the Nov. 11, 2017 Honoring Our Own Veterans Day observance. Plumlee is seated next to his son, Ed Plumlee, retired deputy fire chief. File photo

Federal Way’s Annual ‘Honoring Our Own’ event recognizes local heroes

The Veterans Day observance ceremony to be held Nov. 9 at Todd Beamer High School.

Community members are invited to celebrate local heroes at Federal Way’s annual “Honoring Our Own” recognition event at Todd Beamer High School this weekend.

Presented by the Historical Society of Federal Way and Kiwanis Club of Federal Way, join the community in recognizing the service and sacrifice of local heroes through their dedication to protect freedom.

Ceremonies for “Honoring Our Own” and remembering those missing in action or prisoners of war will be conducted by the Federal Way and Todd Beamer high school JROTC cadets.

The event will include performances by the Federal Way Chorale, presentations by guest speaker Cadet Katie Astruon and a keynote address by state Rep. Kristine Reeves.

Reeves is Washington’s first director of economic development for the military and defense sector.

For the past six years, her work has focused on economic development, defense suppliers, community advocacy and non-profits related to bases, military infrastructure, service members and veterans.

With close family ties to military service as “the daughter, granddaughter, and twin sister of veterans, [Reeves] has devoted her career to enhancing the quality of life for military families and veterans across our state,” according to a press release.

“Honoring Our Own” will be held from 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9 at Todd Beamer High School (35999 16th Ave. S.).


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