NAVMAG Indian Island Honors Veterans During Flag Ceremony


Story Number: NNS130720-02Release Date: 7/20/2013 6:10:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Brown, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West, Det. Northwest

INDIAN ISLAND, Wash. (NNS) -- Sailors and DoD civilians on Naval Magazine Indian Island (NMII) participated in a flag ceremony July 18, honoring veterans from Seaport Landing Retirement and Assisted Living Community in Port Townsend, Wash.

Cmdr. Michael Yesunas, commanding officer, NMII, presented a flag that was flown over Forward Operating Base Wright in Asadabad, Afghanistan July 4, 2012, and then flown again at NMII July 18.

"We cannot rightfully enjoy our freedom today without remembering the great price our veterans paid for that freedom," said Yesunas. "The American flag represents that freedom and the unwavering dedication the men and women of our military have to preserving that freedom. I wanted to do something to remind them that their service is not forgotten."

Accepting the flag on behalf of the veterans in attendance was World War II veteran 2nd Class Medic Ed Adams.

"This is really a huge thrill," said Adams. "I have always admired Indian Island and they have always been good to us. We are going to take special care of this flag."

The veterans also received a tour of the base lead by Yesunas.

"We feel honored and grateful of the way they take care of the veterans in our area," said Sandi Eisenman, activity director, Seaport Landing Retirement and Assisted Living Community. "The veterans are really proud of their service and I am thankful they were able to receive this gift and recognition from Commander Yesunas."

NMII also holds monthly visits to the Seaport Landing Retirement and Assisted Living Community called "Commander's Breakfast." The monthly visits are a way for veterans and current Sailors stationed on NMII to share stories and experiences with each other.

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Cmdr. Michael Yesunas, commanding officer of Naval Magazine Indian Island (NMII), presents a flag to World War II veteran Ed Adams.
130718-N-ZF573-038 INDIAN ISLAND, Wash. (July 18, 2013) Cmdr. Michael Yesunas, commanding officer of Naval Magazine Indian Island (NMII), presents a flag to World War II veteran Ed Adams. The flag presented was flown over Forward Operating Base Wright in Asadabad, Afghanistan on July 4, 2012, and then flown again at NMII July 18, 2013. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Brown/Released)
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