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Military Memorials & Cemeteries

The Kitsap Peninsula is home to dozens of military, cemeteries, memorials, dedications, and historic sites that provide representation for those that served our country in any of the six branches of the military. Some of the sites at the WA Veterans Cemetery in Port Orchard date back to the Spanish War. Other memorials throughout the Kitsap Peninsula represent fallen soldiers in World War I and II, the Korean and Vietnam Wars.

Tomb of Unknown Solider at Ivy Green Cememtery in Bremerton
The USS Turner Joy (DD-951) shown above, a famed Navy destroyer from the Vietnam War, is permanently moored at the beautiful Bremerton Harborside boardwalk open to the public. It is a popular destination for history buffs, veterans, and visitors of all ages. Some say it's haunted..visit their website for details.   

VETERAN INFORMATION & ACTIVITIES

The Kitsap County
Veterans Advisory Board
webpage on the Kitsap County website offers information and links to many services and activities. Click here for details.

The VKP recently produced and excellent slide show of local Military and Veteran Memorials. We want to thank Edward Palm, PhD, (USMC, retired) for his photography. Click here to download a PDF of Kitsap County Memorial locations.

Another excellent guide is the Kitsap County Veterans Memorials & Museums written and researched by Marion (Mick) T. Hersey, Historical Memorial Preservationist. Click here to download a PDF of those locations.

Along the waterfront between Bremerton and Gorst, you see the amazing site of mothballed aircraft carriers and other ships. Click here for lots of photos the Navy fleet of inactive aircraft carriers located near Bremerton Charleston Beach Road West, Bremerton, WA 98312. Click for Google Map.

Another excellent source is the US Tombstone Project that lists sites in Kitsap as well as other Washington State and USA locations.



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Bremerton

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Illahee State Park
3540 Bahia Vista
Bremerton, WA 98310
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ILLAHEE STATE PARK is a 75-acre marine camping park with 1,785 feet of saltwater frontage on Port Orchard Bay. The park has plenty of parking space, lots of fresh air, facilities for a number of outdoor activities and access to a variety of water sports. At the park entrance there is a set of 5"/51 guns off of the USS West Virginia, (BB-48). There are two plaques, one honors all who have served this country; the other plaque honors Mr. Earle Henry Harkins, shipyard worker and first caretaker of the park.
Bremerton

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Puget Sound Navy Memorial Fountain Park
315 Pacific Ave
Bremerton, WA 98373
 Located just north of the Naval Museum, the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard Memorial Plaza highlights the Shipyard's many contributions to the City and the nation. There are numerous fountains, statues, informative plaques and ample public view and seating areas. 
Port Orchard

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Port Orchard Memorials
Four memorial sites are found within the city limits of Port Orchard. On the flagpole in the center of the traffic triangle in front of City Hall is a Veterans plaque dedicated to those who have served. On the City Courthouse foyer wall there is a memorial with plaques honoring individual Kitsap County citizens who dies during WWII.  Downtown Port Orchard, at 825 Bay Street,is the Veterans Living History Museum which houses one individual's collection of all prior wars and conflicts, including a display of many Kitsap County's Medal of Honor recipients.  A block from the museum, located in the park along the waterfront, is the Veterans Wall. This wall was dedicated in 2012 and displays the names of living and deceased veterans.
Silverdale

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Blue Star Memorial Marker
7601 Tracyton Blvd
Blue Star Highway Memorial Marker is located before turning in to the Kitsap County Fairgrounds. It was placed in 1988 to honor our Veterans by the Garden Club and is adjacent to the J.A. & Anna F. Smith Park.
Retsil

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Retsil Cemetery (Washington Veterans Home Cemetery))
900 Olney Avenue SE
Retsil, WA 98378
360.895.4710
Washington State Veterans Home Cemetery, Retsil T24N R1E Section 25. Civil War Memorial erected by Women’s Relief Corps in 1912.There are three obelisks located in this cemetery honoring veterans of the Spanish-American War, the Civil War, and Veterans from all Wars.
Bremerton

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Puget Sound Navy Museum
251 1st ST
Bremerton, WA 98337
360.479.7447
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Located in historic Building 50, relocated to the current location, The Puget Sound Navy Museum offers up-close look at life on the sea, important moments for the Navy in Puget Sound and the history of the Naval Shipyard. Children can grab hold of the captains steering wheel and pretend to steer a boat to safety. Be sure to see the Japanese swords collections, a real mine and the Russian uniforms.
Port Orchard

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Bethel Cemetery
T23N R1E Section 14
360.876.3200
Corner of Lider RD SE & Bethel RD
Hansville

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Point No Point Lighthouse, Park & Museum
9001 NW Point No Point RD
Hansville, WA 98340
360.337.5350
Oldest lighthouse on Puget Sound, in continuous service since Jan 1, 1880. The lighthouse was manned until 1980, when it was automated by the Coast Guard. Wide beaches for walks, fishing and views of the mountains, wildlife and marine traffic. Picnic areas, walking trails. 59.8 Acres. The lighthouse and museum is open for tours on weekends in the summer - see website for specific dates and times.
Bremerton

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Paths of Freedom Memorial
Ohio & 15th Street
Bremerton, WA 98337
The Path of Freedom Memorial chronicles Kitsap County citizens who lost their lives combat during WWI through contemporary times. Created and funded by the Chuck Semancik Memorial Foundation.
Retsil

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Washington Veteran's Home
1141 Beach DR
PO BOX 698
Retsil, WA 98378
360.895.4700

The Washington Veterans' Home in Retsil provides long-term nursing and domiciliary care to honorably discharged veterans and eligible spouses or widows. The Home provides living quarters, medical care, therapeutic care, rehabilitation, social services, and meals. 360.895.4700

On the 31 acre campus are two obelisks honoring veterans from the Civil War and the Spanish-American Wars.

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