KENT, Wash. - For 14 years, Tom Yokes has made sure every grass lot is in place, every grave marker clean, at Tahoma National Cemetery for families like Kim and Dorothy Dohman.
"We've been coming every memorial day weekend. We never miss, we never miss,” said Dorothy.
This is the gravesite of Dorothy's husband - and Kim's brother, a military veteran.
Coming here offers something tangible.
"When we meet again that's where I'll be," said Dorothy.
It’s a place where Kathryn Adams can, in a way, be with her husband again.
"It makes me feel like I'm almost there, he's there too you know. I know he's not, he's with God but…” she said.
And as Tom will tell you, being buried here signifies that the country cares too.
"Even though I may never have met these people before, the military connection is still there,” he said.
It’s a connection the Coast Guard vet feels with every man and woman buried here.
"We try to make the cemetery be Memorial Day-ready every day,” he said.
The Tahoma National Cemetery will hold a special Memorial Day service Monday at 1 p.m.