Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard Celebrates Our Nation’s Veterans
In honor of Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, 2020, Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard is lowering its flag.
Each third Saturday in May, on Armed Forces Day, the boatyard proudly raises its large flag in downtown Gig Harbor. Old Glory flies at the end of the iconic boat service shed all summer and into fall, until it is lowered on Veterans Day.
Choosing these two days is an important way of honoring those who served this country in the armed forces, says boatyard owner Ron Roark, himself a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
“We will again be lowering our flag for the season on Veterans Day,” he said when we talked earlier this week about this upcoming tradition. “We proudly honor our veterans in this way and thank them for their service.”
In these photos from Veterans Day 2019, Boatyard Manager Jeff Broders, left, and Travelift Operator Mark Rybin lower the yard’s flag. This Old Glory was retired after flying her colors for several seasons.