Citizens pause to show their support for active-duty military men and women on Armed Forces Day last year.
For Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 18, American Legion Post 181 invites all active duty military and their families to join with Legion members, other veterans, and the community for the sixth-annual “Support Our Troops” photo and flyover.
There will again be a picnic lunch provided to honor the troops and their families, free for those who participate in the photo and observe the flyover.
The event will be held at the Veterans Memorial located at 1808 124th Avenue NE in downtown Lake Stevens starting at noon.
After assembling for the community picture, the Blackjack Flying Club will perform a special flyover that includes the “Missing Man” formation, weather permitting. The Blackjacks are professional pilots based out of Arlington Airport who are former military or commercial aviators. They are the only ones certified in the area besides active-duty military to fly in formation.
The “Missing Man” flyover started back in World War II. After a plane with her crew was shot down during a mission, the squadron returned with an empty spot where the plane normally would be. The vacant position could be seen for miles before landing, and it identified the specific aircraft. By leaving that position empty it honored the missing crewmen.
People are encouraged to wear red, white, and blue. Support Our Troops posters will be given away. The picture that is taken will be posted online at the Legion’s website so everyone can access it and email it to military members around the country and around the world.
The American Legion and the Auxiliary will also have information about Blue Star Service Banners for the families of the men and women who are currently serving in the Navy, Army, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, the Reserves, or the National Guard.
Arrangements will be made to provide a Blue Star Service Banner for any Lake Stevens area family who has someone currently serving from their household.
For more information go to American Legion Post 181’s Facebook page: facebook.com/lakestevens.legion or call Tom at 425-314-5865 or Tony at 360-631-3242.