Coast Guard plaque placed in Tahoma National Cemetery

SEATTLE – The Coast Guard received recognition during a Memorial Plaque dedication ceremony Tuesday at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Wash.

The Pacific Northwest Chapter of the U.S. Coast Guard Chief Warrant and Warrant Officer’s Association worked to get the plaque added to the cemetery’s grounds after noticing the Coast Guard was the only branch of the military not represented.

The ceremony, which was presided over by Chief Warrant Officer 3 Ed Martin, had Rear Adm. Gary T. Blore, commander of the Thirteenth Coast Guard District, as the dedication’s guest speaker.

Blore and Mrs. Dee Hagstrom unveiled the plaque while Bugler Chairman Bernie Moskowitz played TAPS.

Mrs. Dee Hagstrom is the widow of Captain Axel “Jack” Hagstrom a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Chief Warrant and Warrant Officer’s Association and one of the first Coast Guard veterans interred at Tahoma National Cemetery.

The plaque is dedicated to the men and women of the Coast Guard who have served their nation with distinction in war and peace.

Tahoma National Cemetery is comprised of 160 acres. To date there have been over 26,000 burials of veterans and spouses including approximately 400 Coast Guard veterans.

Tahoma National Cemetery was established Nov. 11, 1993, and opened for interments Oct. 1, 1997. The cemetery was dedicated Sept. 26, 1997, and is the first national cemetery in Washington State.

Phase II was completed in March 2006. The $6 million project includes over 12,000 new columbarium niches, more than 5,000 pre-placed crypts, road improvements, new signage, a third committal shelter and a third funeral cortege lane at the Public Information Center.

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