Students’ hard work was evident, touching

Recently we were invited to an event at Marysville Pilchuck High School honoring veterans who died during wartime conflicts. Our uncle, James Dockendorf, was being honored at the ceremony, and we were very fortunate to be invited to such a moving tribute to the veterans.

We went to this event thinking it would be a small dedication to the veterans and then we would be on with our day. To our great surprise, we were greeted in the parking lot by the JROTC members, and escorted to our seats in the gymnasium where the students of Marysville-Pilchuck were seated waiting our arrival. The dedication ceremony was conducted in the most prestigious and gracious manner we could have envisioned. We could tell that Mr. Pankiewicz and the DECA students had spent two years planning and creating this memorial. The work they did was absolutely amazing. The students who spoke at the memorial captured our hearts and brought the memories of our loved ones back to life. When the ceremony concluded, we walked over to the memorial and we were both moved to tears.

In addition to providing a respectful and honorable dedication memorial, we wanted to compliment the students of Marysville-Pilchuck on their respectful behavior during the memorial. Marysville should be proud of its high school students. After the ceremony ended we talked with some students about the memorial. They were very proud and appreciative of the work that had been accomplished.

We were honored to be part of this wonderful memorial service. We would like to thank the staff and students of Marysville-Pilchuck for honoring the lives of the war veterans. The vision brought forth on this project took years to create, but it was worth the wait. The memorial is an amazing tribute to the courageous veterans who gave their lives to protect freedom.

FRED and SHIRLEY DOCKENDORF

Stanwood

Talk to us

> Give us your news tips.

> Send us a letter to the editor.

> More Herald contact information.

More in Opinion

toon
Editorial cartoons for Saturday, March 2

A sketchy look at the news of the day.… Continue reading

Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste, center, greets a new trooper during a graduation ceremony, as Gov. Jay Inslee looks on in the Rotunda at the Capitol Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, in Olympia, Wash. The class of 31 troopers completed more than 1,000 hours of training and will now work for the WSP across the state. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Editorial: Lawmakers miss good shot for fewer traffic deaths

Legislation to lower the blood alcohol limit for drivers didn’t get floor debate and vote in Senate.

Eco-nomics: Preparing for, limiting climate crisis demands a plan

Fortunately, local governments are developing and updating climate action plans to outline necessary steps.

Comment: State ‘mansion tax’ would bite at all income levels

More than high-priced homes, it would increase costs for employers and multi-family housing projects.

Forum: Separation of church and state keeps us from unholy wars

Civilizations have tried the route of state religion, only to see the rise of religious persecution.

Sid Roberts, mayor of Stanwood
Forum: Reliance on social media leads to antisocial outcomes

The interaction via phones and screens is easily abused and limits the context of a face-to-face talk.

A model of a statue of Billy Frank Jr., the Nisqually tribal fishing rights activist, is on display in the lobby of the lieutenant governor's office in the state Capitol. (Jon Bauer / The Herald.
Editorial: Two works in progress to save Columbia Basin salmon

Sculptures of an Indian fishing rights activist will guard commitments to save salmon and honor treaties.

February 27, 2024: Alabama Embryo Ruling
Editorial cartoons for Friday, March 1

A sketchy look at the news of the day.… Continue reading

Schwab: Kids’ are all right, if a tad cold; nation’s another matter

Alabama’s IVF ruling shows the dangers in the creep of theocracy into our courts and other institutions.

Choose sources of news carefully to understand world

From what I have seen and heard, there are still many people… Continue reading

GOP wants to run on border crisis, not fix it

Regarding a recent letter to the editor about Herald Columnist Sid Schwab,… Continue reading

FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2015 file photo, a tanker airplane drops fire retardant on a wildfire burning near Twisp, Wash. Three firefighters were killed battling the blaze. The story was a top Washington state news item in 2015. Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz has proposed a plan to strengthen the ways that Washington can prevent and respond to wildfires. Franz released the 10-year plan last week as part of her $55 million budget request to the Legislature to improve the state's firefighting abilities (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
Editorial: Wildfire threat calls for restoring full funding

Lawmakers should restore funding for fighting wildfires and call on one furry firefighter in particular.

Support local journalism

If you value local news, make a gift now to support the trusted journalism you get in The Daily Herald. Donations processed in this system are not tax deductible.