It’s never too late to remember

By Washington, Our Home|May 16, 2015|Family, History, Military|0 comments

Almost everyone has a connection to World War II, and chances are good that you’re holding on to photos of someone from our Greatest Generation.

Washington’s Secretary of State wants to help you share that story this year through their Legacy Washington campaign called “Washington Remembers.” From the beaches of Normandy to Buchenwald concentration camp, Washington veterans recall their experiences during World War II. Learn more and pay tribute to Washington’s heroes who changed the course of our history and made us who we are today.

That’s where you come in.

If you have a photo of a Washington State WWII vet (or if you are a resident of Washington and want to honor a non-resident WWII vet), you can submit it online to the Washington Remembers: Faces of Heroes collection. Upload the image as a tribute to those who served in history’s greatest global conflict, and your photograph may be featured in our online collection…possibly even in a physical display at the Secretary of State’s office later this year.

The Legacy Washington Project is an education campaign to further the knowledge of the state’s past and its continuing story, recognizing the immeasurable value of our state’s history and our promise to preserve it. I can think of few more fitting activities to help celebrate and remember Memorial Day (May 25th) than to include your family’s story in the Legacy Washington Project.

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About Washington, Our Home

My name is Erich R. Ebel. I was born in Spokane and moved to Colville, Bothell, Tacoma, and back to Spokane again, all before I was 14. I attended Washington State University in Pullman, graduated and moved back to Spokane. In 2000, I enlisted in the United State Army Reserve and spent six months at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Then it was back to Spokane. After six years, it was time to get out and see the world. And what better place to start than Las Vegas, Nevada!

I met my beautiful wife while working at KVBC-TV in Las Vegas, and after three years of suffering in the extreme heat and undeniably long nights, we were called back to Washington State. Landing first in Lakewood, we suffered for a year in an uncomfortably old and small apartment before a shooting and a kidnapping in our complex strongly urged us to leave town. After relocating to Lacey, we have now settled and spend as much time as we can exploring the fine facets of this beautiful state. From Tenino to Tonasket, Brewster to Blaine and Vader to Vancouver, I have enjoyed every moment of this great state.

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