Dinner to honor local heroes for third year | MukFest

By Nicholas Johnson | Sep 06, 2017

The 52nd annual Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival will honor our local heroes with an appreciation dinner.

The Mukilteo festival will hold the third-annual Military and First Responders Appreciation Dinner Friday, Sept. 9, to thank first responders and the military for their service. Admission is free.

“Each year, it’s grown,” said festival Executive Director Marilyn Langdon, who is also chair of the event. “This year we’ve had a tremendous response from military and first responders. For the first time, we have first responders coming from other agencies. The word is finally getting out here that we have this event.”

Personnel from Naval Station Everett, the U.S. Coast Guard, as well as Mill Creek and Everett police departments are expected to attend for the first time, Langdon said. Last year, Mukilteo fire and police attended, as did the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.

Friday’s special event will feature a catered dinner and fireworks show – that’s in addition to Saturday’s fireworks – in a VIP tent at Mukilteo Lighthouse Park, 609 Front St. Dinner is at 6 p.m., with fireworks about 20 minutes after 8 p.m.

Those who have served or continue to serve in the military or as firefighters, police and for search and rescue are invited to the dinner. Their families are also welcome.

Ceremony highlights will include the singing of the national anthem by Kamiak High School’s barbershop choirs, a reading of the names of the fallen from Snohomish County, and a retiring of the colors by the U.S. Navy Color Guard.

A military wife, Langdon said she is honored to help Mukilteo recognize local firefighters, police and military service members, retired and active.

“They are our silent heroes,” Langdon said. “We’d like to give them some recognition and say thank you for what they do. For those who have fallen, we can thank their families.”

Her husband, Scott, is a retired U.S. Navy captain. Scott Langdon served on submarines in the Navy for 27 years and was commanding officer of the USS City of Corpus Christi.

The first Military and First Responders dinner was held last year in remembrance of 9/11. It was held on Sept. 11 and marked the 14th anniversary of the attack.

Langdon said the goal is to make the appreciation dinner a staple of the Lighthouse Festival from here on out.

“The military and first responders do something that many of us can’t,” Langdon said. “It takes a unique person who wants to do that. I’m glad they’re there.”

Event sponsors include Wells Fargo, The Mukilteo Lodge, Builders Millwork and the city of Mukilteo.

Admission is by invitation only. Military and first responders who didn’t receive an invite may request one by calling 425-347-1456. You must RSVP to get on the VIP list. First come, first served. Seating is limited.

For more information, go to www.mukilteolighthousefestival.org.

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