But Sumas Legion effort at four cemeteries is on as usual 

  WHATCOM ­— After first being on schedule yet Monday morning, the Memorial Day ceremonies for Lynden were nixed in the afternoon.

  Checking with county officials confirmed that a gathering would be in conflict with Gov. Inslee’s “Stay Home - Stay Healthy” order of Feb. 29, said Dick Decima, Cemetery District 10 commissioner and organizer for the Lynden and Greenwood cemeteries.

  To Monday morning, the plan was to have a 10 a.m. Monday, May 25, single ceremony in Lynden Cemetery following “social positioning” among those preesent while also recording the service for remote viewing. That is all off.

  Decima said the plan is to carry over the main speaker who was lined up, Whatcom County Sheriff’s deputy Jason Karb, to 2021.

  However, the Memorial Day services performed by Sumas American Legion Post 212 will go on as normal at five different sites on Monday, May 25, said post officer Lorren Coleman.

  As is custom, the stops are:

  °  9 a.m. at St. Peter’s Cemetery on Heady Road in Columbia Valley.

  ° 10 a.m. at Lakeside Cemetery on Pangborn Road between Lynden and Sumas. 

  ° 11 a.m. at Nooksack Cemetery on Breckenridge Road.

  ° noon at Sumas Cemetery south of town.

  ° about 12:45 p.m. at the 9/11 memorial near the U.S.-Canada memorial on north end of town. 

  Participants will gather afterward at the post at 134 Harrison St. in Sumas


  • Already in March, the big Festival of Flags Concert and Remembrance Ceremony held annually at Greenacres Park of Ferndale was cancelled due to coronavirus concerns. However, the cemetery offices at 5700 Northwest Drive will be open through the weekend to assist families with locating graves and flags.

  • Services normally conducted by American Legion Post 154 of Ferndale at Enterprise Cemetery on Vista Drive north of Ferndale will not be held this year.