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2009 Memorial Day Events Set Throughout OregonTim King Salem-News.com
A few thoughts on this important holiday, and a complete list of Oregon events that have been brought to our attention.
(SALEM, Ore.) - Events and observances are set to take place throughout Oregon as residents spend a day honoring those who paid the ultimate sacrifice while defending their country.
In fact it is a day to honor all veterans, but particularly those who are no longer with us.
I remember the service for a Utah National Guard 2nd Lt. named Scott B. Lundell, who was killed in a firefight in November, while I was covering the war in Afghanistan.
Utah Governor Jon Huntsman was actually in Afghanistan with Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski the night that service was held. He told me he remembered shaking Scott Lundell's hand just before his unit deployed.
I recall a 1st Sgt. named Miguel Jimenez, explaining how much everyone in the unit was affected by that loss.
It was in the air. You could feel it. The Lieutenant's rifle and boots were arranged at the front of a chow hall that night near a podium from which several people, including the soldier's Governor, spoke to the group of assembled military.
In addition to hundreds of members of Scott Lundell's unit, the service was attended by visiting Marines and soldiers from all over the war theater.
I'll think about 2nd Lt. Lundell and countless others like him this Memorial Day, and I hope everyone pauses to honor and respect their sacrifice by visiting a resting place for veterans over the special weekend.
For those planning their festivities for Memorial Day, here is a list of locations and times where various events are scheduled:
May 25 – Speaker: Jim Willis, Director, Oregon Dept. of Veterans’ Affairs. 8:00 a.m. – Ceremony, Timber-Linn Park.
10:00 a.m. – Ceremony, Willamette Memorial Park. Free lunches at VFW Post 584, 1469 Timber St. S.E., and at Legion Post 10, 1215 Pacific Blvd. S.E. 2:00 p.m. – Ceremony at Twin Oaks Cemetery Contact: Don Epperson, 541-971-3750
May 25 – 11:00 a.m. – Ceremony at Beaverton Memorial Park on Watson St. Contact: Marv Doty, 503-644-0350
May 24 – 9:30 a.m. – Service organizations, high school NJROTC units will place flags at Pilot Butte Cemetery. May 25 – 10:00 a.m. – Flag ceremony, Deschutes Memorial Gardens, N. Hwy. 97.
1:00 p.m. – Ceremony, Deschutes Memorial Gardens, N. Hwy. 97. Open House, VFW Post 1643, N.E. 4th and Olney. Contact: Bob Cusick 541-389-0995
May 25 – 10:30 a.m. – Ceremony, Buck Hollow Cemetery. Location: Willamina Creek Road to Buck Hollow Road. Contact: Kevin Scott 503-474-7275
May 23 (Sat.) – 11:00 a.m. – Parade downtown with marching bands, veterans groups, and community organizations. Contact: Gene Melton, 541-290-4222
May 25 – 11:00 a.m. – Services, Ocean View Cemetery, 1525 Ocean Blvd. N.W.
12:00 p.m. – Services, Sunset Cemetery, 63060 Millington Road. Contact: Bill Keller, 541-888-6556
May 25 – 10:00 a.m. – Ceremony, Crystal Lake Cemetery, Crystal Lake Drive. Contact: Nicky Jones, 541-753-4149 2:00 p.m. – Ceremony, Benton County Veterans Memorial, Kings Blvd. Local veterans killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, Purple Heart recipients honored on “Purple Heart Walkway of Honor.” Contact: Les Whittle, 541-752-3222
May 25 – 11:00 a.m. – Ceremony and Avenue of Flags, Dallas Cemetery, 2065 S.W. Fairview Ave. Speaker: Capt. Bob Bacca. Limited seating. Contact: Al Ratzlaff, 503-623-2591
May 25 – 11:00 a.m. – 64th annual Fleet of Flowers memorial honors veterans lost or buried at sea. The fleet departs following an on-shore ceremony at the harbor. Contact: Barbara Leff, 541-270-3839
May 25 – 11:00 a.m. – Ceremony, Eagle Point National Cemetery, 2763 Riley Road. Guest speakers and military music. Contact: Rick Colclasure, 541-778-7051
May 25 – 9:00 a.m. – Mass, “Salute to Veterans.” Mt. Calvary Cemetery, 220 Crest Dr. Contact: Tim Garrison, 541-686-8722
12:00 p.m. – “Salute to Veterans,” Lane Memorial Gardens, 5300 W. 11th Ave. Contact: Dee Harbison, 541-343-1684
2:00 p.m. – “Salute to Veterans,” West Lawn Memorial Park, 225 S. Danebo Ave. Contact: Randy Wood, 541-342-8281
May 25 – 10:00 a.m. – Memorial service, Elks Lodge No. 1858, 1686 12th St. Contact: Ted Naylor, 541-997-2610
11:00 a.m. – Joint dedication ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park. Speaker: Val Conley, Oregon Dept. of Veterans’ Affairs, Services Administrator. Contact Bob McGuire, 541-902-7884
May 25 – 11:00 a.m. – Ceremony, Forest View Cemetery, 1161 Pacific Ave. Speaker: Sgt. Major Mike Bruno. Contact: Jim Craigg, 503-357-3660
May 25 – 8:00 a.m. – Memorial services, Grand Ronde Cemetery, Grand Ronde Road. Contact: Kevin Scott 503-474-7275
May 25 – 11:00 a.m. – Ceremony, parade of flags, guest speakers, Hillcrest Memorial Park, 945 N.E. Hillcrest Drive. Contact: John Woods, 541-479-2707
May 25 – 10:00 a.m. – Service at the Heroes Memorial, Powell and Tribute. Contact: Gail Hanna, 503-667-1623
May 25 – 11:00 a.m. – Ceremony, Fir Lawn Memorial Park, 1070 W. Main St. Contact: George Anderson, 971-404-7905
May 25 – 9:45 a.m. – Procession with a Color Guard and high school band to march through Idlewild Cemetery. Contact: Patrick Scranton, 541-386-1080
May 25 – 10:30 a.m. – Independence State Airport Pilot Memorial tribute. Speaker: Col. (ret) Stanton Rickey, WWII B-17 pilot/ex-POW. Community picnic at Nutsch Aviation Hangar. Shuttle bus available at Marquis Spas. Contact: Andy Andersen, 503-838-4231
May 25 – 9:30 a.m. – Parade downtown.
11:00 a.m. – Ceremony, Veterans Memorial Park. Speaker: CWO Ron Young, Jr., ex-POW. Veterans with proof of honorable service will be awarded Oregon Honorable Service Medal. Forms at Co. Veterans Service Office, 123 N. 4th St., or at www.klamathveterans.com. Contact: Klamath County Veterans’ Service Office, 541-883-4274
May 25 – 11:00 a.m. – Services at Community Cemetery, Reed Road off of Hwy. 97. Open house, Legion Post 45, 52532 Drafter Road, at 12:00 p.m. Contact: Pat Cotton, 541-536-1402
May 25 – 10:00 a.m. – Ceremony, nearly 400 donated casket flags displayed. IOOF Cemetery, on Hwy. 20 and Cemetery Road. Contact: Fred Schaefer, 541-258-7453
May 23-25 – Weekend celebration, Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum, Hwy. 18, 500 N.E. Capt. Michael King Smith Way. Ceremony, May 25. Check website: www.sprucegoose.org. Contact: Laura Graham, 503-434-4185
May 25 – 8:30 a.m. – Ceremony, Pioneer Cemetery, north of Waverly Drive on S.E. 17th Ave. Information: www.milwpioneercem.org. Contact: Mark Neubauer, 503-997-9495, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
May 25 – 9:30 a.m. – Memorial service, patriotic music at Calvary Cemetery, Hwy. 214. Mass will be celebrated. Inclement weather services: St. Mary Parish Church, 575 E. College St. Contact: Jerry Lauzon, 503-845-6882
May 25 – 11:00 a.m. – Ceremony, Memorial Park, 4th and Howard St. Guest speaker: Col. (Ret) David R. Beecroft, USAF. BBQ in Memorial Park after the ceremony. Contact: Don Miller 503-538-6108
May 25 – 11:00 a.m. – Memorial service, Hilltop Cemetery. 11:30 a.m. – Memorial service, city boat ramp, Snake River Park. Contact: Bill Thomson, 541-889-6649
May 25 – 10:00 a.m. – Ceremony, Evergreen Cemetery, located on S. Park Blvd.
10:30 a.m. – Services at Sunset Cemetery on Sunset Drive, south of S.W. 4th Ave. Contact: Stephen Farrow, 541-881-1389
May 25 – 9:00 a.m. – Services, Pioneer Bishop Chapel. VFW Post 922 Auxiliary to place flowers at six war memorials. Contact: Gary Ward, 541-276-0308
11:00 a.m. – Services at Olney Cemetery, Avenue of Flags. Contact: John Cook, 541-276-2032
May 22-25 – Portland Rose Festival celebrating spirit–tradition of U.S. military and their families with free admission to Waterfront Village. Information: www.rosefestival.org. Contact: Laura Mears 503-227-2681
May 23 (Sat.) – 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – Skyline Memorial Gardens’ Oregon 150th anniversary salute to the Oregon National Guard and to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Location: 4101 N.W. Skyline Blvd. Contact: Colleen Combs, 503-292-6611
May 25 – 10:00 a.m. – Oregon Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington Park across from Metro Park Zoo, 400 S.W. Canyon Road. The names of 801 Oregon service members’ killed during the Vietnam War will be read. Ceremony speaker: Military author, Karen Spears Zacharias. Contact: Ron Cannon, 503-819-4228
10:00 a.m. – Willamette National Cemetery hosts the 59th annual ceremony, 11800 S.E. Mt. Scott Blvd. Ceremony includes: Avenue of Flags, Color Guard, Gladstone High School band. Guest speaker: Don Rinker, Director, Memorial Service Network. Contact: Roger Huntley, 503-273-5250
May 25 – 10:30 a.m. – Parade downtown. Services, Juniper Haven Cemetery Pioneer Section. Contact: Bob Cusick, 541-389-0995
May 25 – 11:00 a.m. – Memorial observance, Hudson Cemetery Veterans Memorial, 7900 Larson Road. Contact: 503-741-0916
May 25 – 11:00 a.m. – Ceremony, Redmond Cemetery, Avenue of Flags. Location: Yew Ave. and Old Bend-Redmond Hwy. Contact: Dennis Guthrie, 541-280-5161
May 24 (Sun.) – 4:00 p.m. – Community BBQ, Reedsport High School, Hwy. 101.
7:00 p.m. –29 Palms U.S. Marine Corps Band—free concert at high school. Tickets available atlocal banks.
May 25 – 12:00 p.m. – Parade downtown.
1:30 p.m. – U.S. Army Green Beret Skydivers will parachute in to the memorial service, Hahn Memorial Park. 29 Palms U.S. Marine Corps Band will perform. Contact: Joe Mirvis, 541-361-9080
May 25 – 11:00 a.m. – Tribute, Roseburg National Cemetery. National Anthem: Maddie Bright, daughter of Pfc. Dean Bright, who was killed while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Contact: Dodie Blessing, 541-459-1512
May 25 – 11:00 a.m. – Program, City View Cemetery, 390 Hoyt St. S.E. Speaker: Paula Brown, Deputy Director, Oregon Dept. of Veterans’ Affairs. Luncheon: VFW Post 61, 630 Hood St. N.E. Contact: Kerry Wymetalek, 503-364-7997
May 30 (Sat.) – 2:00 p.m. – Ceremony, Afghan-Iraqi Freedom Memorial. Speaker: Jim Willis, Director, Oregon Dept. of Veterans’ Affairs. Names of fallen service members will be inscribed on a granite wall. Location: ODVA grounds, 700 Summer St. N.E. Contact: Robin Steckley, 503-373-2390
May 25 – 10:30 a.m. – Memorial observance at the Veterans Memorial. Speaker: Dave Cooley, Oregon Dept. of Veterans’ Affairs Outreach Manager.
Another important thing you can do is visit IraqWarHeroes.org, a Website that memorializes all casualties of the current conflicts, which is based in Oregon and operated by Q Madp of Portland. Madp regularly photographs services of the fallen for NW families and offers the photos those relatives of the deceased at no cost. Sometimes the families give Q permission to share those images with the media and on those occasions, we try to present them in the most respectful way possible.
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