Bremerton Armed Forces Day Parade 2019


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We were very honored to be a part of the Armed Forces Day celebration this year. This was our first time in a while doing an event booth, and we were very pleased with the interaction from the community. Not only did we get to meet some amazing people and spread the message about our mission as they stopped by our booth, but we especially honored to be asked to be a part of the National Alliance Alliance to End Veteran Suicide’s Memorial Flag March. It was a somber privilege to carry their memorial flag through the streets of downtown Bremerton during the parade. This 20x30’ flag honors all of our brothers and sisters that have been lost to suicide and we fly it in their memory. The flag was carried by members of the NA2EVS, active duty soldiers from JBLM, LRS, and other volunteers. It was a humbling to be able to carry it through the streets of downtown.

It was truly awesome to see all the military organizations and vehicles, school bands, car clubs, and other organizations march through downtown showing their support for our nation’s armed forces. Bremerton’s Armed Forces Day parade is the oldest in the nation and it was awesome to see the overwhelming support that this small military town has for it’s service members.

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During the parade we had the opportunity to meet community members and other veteran organizations and discuss how we positively impact veterans and help provide a growing community of support.

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After the parade we were lucky enough to be invited by Dog Days Brewery to be part of the Block Party hosted by Bremerton’s newest veteran owned business, the Axe and Arrow Gastro Pub which was founded by a Fireman Captain and two Army Special Forces members. We relocated our booth and setup right there inside the beer garden with Dog Days Brewery to enjoy the party and meet some more people. We met a lot of great people and had the opportunity to show them what the average pack feels like during one of our expeditions (shown below).

We are proud to honor our fellow Armed Forces members and very grateful to Jeff, a fellow veteran and owner of Dog Days Brewery for having us at the block party, Tom one of the Co-owners of Axe and Arrow for being such a gracious host, and to everyone that stopped by to talk to us!

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Thank you again to all of our volunteers that came to help with the booth, as well as everyone that stopped by the booth to support us! We couldn’t forget Jeff from Dog Days Brewery for being such an awesome supporter as well. It was a great day supporting all Armed Forces members!

Contact us if you would like to plan your own private guided expedition!

info@leftrightstraight.org

May Service Project: Kitsap 9/11 Memorial Cleanup


Here we stand next to a couple of the volunteers from the Bremerton VFW Post, some community members, and members of Team RWB Kitsap. It was great to see people from all different parts of our Kitsap community come to help clean up the Memorial site.

Here we stand next to a couple of the volunteers from the Bremerton VFW Post, some community members, and members of Team RWB Kitsap. It was great to see people from all different parts of our Kitsap community come to help clean up the Memorial site.

We were very honored to have the opportunity to be a part of this cleanup effort. Thank you to all of the volunteers that spent their Saturday afternoon honoring those that we lost that day by cleaning the memorial, and landscaping the surrounding area. It was great to see so many veterans and community members from all different walks of life, and organizations coming together and working to improve our community.

Photos below of volunteers from the Bremerton VFW Post, LRS, and Team RWB Kitsap

Volunteers clear the bark of weeds and other brush

Volunteers clear the bark of weeds and other brush

Volunteers scrub the memorial site with soapy water to remove any build up.

Volunteers scrub the memorial site with soapy water to remove any build up.

Volunteers clearing the bark around the memorial of any weeds and brush

Volunteers clearing the bark around the memorial of any weeds and brush

Volunteer, Emily clears the back berm of overgrowth

Volunteer, Emily clears the back berm of overgrowth

LRS COO, Daniel Jose works to clear out and edge a tree circle for one of the many surrounding trees

LRS COO, Daniel Jose works to clear out and edge a tree circle for one of the many surrounding trees

The plaque of recognition at the Kitsap 9/11 Memorial site

The plaque of recognition at the Kitsap 9/11 Memorial site

Beams from the World Trade Center stand at the Bremerton Evergreen Park to remind us the tragedy that happen on that day, and to honor the lives lost.

Beams from the World Trade Center stand at the Bremerton Evergreen Park to remind us the tragedy that happen on that day, and to honor the lives lost.

Volunteers retire the colors, to be replaced with a new flag.

Volunteers retire the colors, to be replaced with a new flag.

One of the VFW Post members and LRS Executive Director, Sean retire and fold the colors

One of the VFW Post members and LRS Executive Director, Sean retire and fold the colors

Bremerton VFW Post member and LRS Executive Director finish the last fold on the colors

Bremerton VFW Post member and LRS Executive Director finish the last fold on the colors

Work stopped for the retiring of the colors. Here all the volunteers stand and show respect as the new flag is flown.

Work stopped for the retiring of the colors. Here all the volunteers stand and show respect as the new flag is flown.

This site is stands to honor the memory of those that were lost that fateful day, and we are very honored to of been part of the cleanup effort to show our respects to those lives lost. It was a humbling experience to stand before those beams and to wash clear brush and wash away the grime that had build upon them. We were even more humbled to see other members of the community come together to work as a team to complete the task. We may be from different organizations, but we are all one big veteran family.

April Service Project: Dickerson Creek Waterfall Trail Renovations


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One of our biggest focus’ is to impact not just the veterans in our community, but the community itself. This is why we jumped on the opportunity to get involved with the Ueland family lands. We were very honored when we were contacted by the property managers to help them upgrade and maintain one of Bremerton’s most treasured hiking trails, the Dickerson Creek Waterfall Trail.

A volunteer, Chase hammers trail guards into place along the trail leading down to the waterfall.

A volunteer, Chase hammers trail guards into place along the trail leading down to the waterfall.

The project was lead by the Ueland grounds keeper and volunteer. Showing us the areas of focus that we would be working on. We started with the most heavily trafficked areas first, the trail to the waterfall. Because this trail is so popular in Bremerton we had to schedule our trail maintenance on a Monday, even still we had many groups of hikers coming through to see the falls. By focusing on the waterfall trail on an off day we were able to get a significant amount of work done leading down to the waterfall. Which can be slippery and dangerous to some hikers. So to start off we installed safety guards along the sides of the more precarious areas of the trail, as shown to the right. Using downed trees that were sourced from the grounds itself we cut lengths out, drilled holes all the way through, and then hammered lengths of rebar into the soil to hold them in place. These guards will not only show people the designated trail areas, but will also greatly help with erosion of the trail during heavy rains. Once we had installed all the trail guards we began to dig into the hill side to create a side trail, and installed log stairs in the slippery downhill areas. We did this because this trail is so highly trafficked by locals and visitors alike and most don’t expect the trail to have some very slippery sections. We want everyone to be able to enjoy this local treasure and by installing these renovations we have made it safer for all members of the family, and skill level of hikers.

Ueland volunteer and project lead, David showing us the areas of the trails that need maintenance before we got to work.

Ueland volunteer and project lead, David showing us the areas of the trails that need maintenance before we got to work.

Volunteers laying out the log steps to get spacing before drilling and hammering rebar through them to keep them in place.

Volunteers laying out the log steps to get spacing before drilling and hammering rebar through them to keep them in place.

Just a few of the supplies we used to complete the section of the project. Cut sections of downed trees, cut lengths of rebar, and a cordless drill.

Just a few of the supplies we used to complete the section of the project. Cut sections of downed trees, cut lengths of rebar, and a cordless drill.

Volunteer, Chase taking a breath before setting rebar through the log stairs

Volunteer, Chase taking a breath before setting rebar through the log stairs

The steps almost completely set and hammered into place

The steps almost completely set and hammered into place

Finishing up the last step in this section

Finishing up the last step in this section

David, the project lead working on setting the last bit of trail guards.

David, the project lead working on setting the last bit of trail guards.

Hammering steps into the newly cleared out trail section

Hammering steps into the newly cleared out trail section

It was our pleasure to be able to improve the Dickerson Creek Waterfall Trail, and we are thankful to the Ueland family and land managers for this opportunity to make a positive impact in our community.