Source: Washington State News 2
Kathy Mesa, communications, 206-389-8518
WSF media hotline, 206-402-8070
POW/MIA flag to fly on all operating vessels Nov. 11
SEATTLE – At 11:11 a.m. on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, Washington State Ferries will observe two minutes of silence to recognize the bravery and sacrifice of the men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces.
The moment of silence timing honors the end of World War I, which became official on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 and led to the creation of the Veterans Day holiday. Following the moment of silence, all operating vessels will sound their whistles to salute all former military personnel, including the many veterans who work for WSF or ride the boats each day.
In addition, on Monday, Nov. 11, WSF will fly the POW/MIA flag on all operating vessels, honoring those who were held as prisoners of war or were declared missing in action during their service.
“Many of our routes connect military facilities and communities throughout Puget Sound,” said Amy Scarton, leader of WSF. “It’s a pleasure to provide safe and reliable transportation to those who have served our country – and to acknowledge our veterans on this important day.”
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