2014 Memorial Day Events

US flagGroups are celebrating Memorial Day this year all around Oregon. Here are some of the events happening in western Oregon, according to the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs.

May 26 – 11 a.m. – VFW Linn Post 584 presents a public ceremony at the Linn County Veterans Memorial at Timber Linn Park off of Price Road. After the ceremony lunch will be served at Post 584, 1469 Timber St.
VFW Post 584, 541-926-7925 or Roy Poppleton, 541-924-9085

Coos Bay
May 24 – 11 a.m. – Annual Memorial Day parade through downtown. Parade check-in and registration begins at 8 a.m. on 4th and Golden St. Entrants must register to be in the parade at www.oregonscvan.net .
May 26 – 11 a.m. – Ceremony at Oceanview Memorial Cemetery on Ocean Blvd.
12 p.m. – Ceremony at Sunset Ocean, near Hwy 101, on Frontage Road.
Bill Kehler, 541-888-6556, slkwrk@frontier.com

May 22 – 12 p.m. – A memorial service at OSU will include a flag folding and POW/MIA table, a display of military memorabilia from student/staff veterans in the university’s Veterans Lounge with refreshments provided. From May 19-23 veterans and their dependents are invited to place a pin on the world map displayed in the campus’ Memorial Union Main Lounge to signify service locations.
Gus Bedwell, 541-737-7662, gus.bedwell@oregonstate.edu
May 26 – 2 p.m. – Ceremony and tribute to county veterans at Benton County Veterans Memorial, south lawn of the National Guard Armory, 1100 NW Kings Blvd.
Les Whittle, 541-752-3222

May 26 – 9 a.m. – Ceremony at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Catholic Memorial Day Mass, 200 Crest Dr.
Dee Harbison, 541-686-2818
11 a.m. – Ceremony at Eugene Pioneer Cemetery, 18th and University Ave., sponsored by American Legion Post 3.
Bob Jones, 541-338-4074
12:30 p.m. – Ceremony at Lane Memorial Gardens, 5300 W. 11th Ave. Music: Willamette HS Topnotchers Choir. Military Honors: Oregon Army National Guard.
2:30 p.m. – Ceremony at West Lawn, 225 S. Danebo. Music: Willamette HS Topnotchers Choir. Military Honors: Oregon Army National Guard.
Dee Harbison, 541-686-2818

May 26 – 10 a.m. – Program offering: A Matter of Honor – Lest We Forget. Names of veterans added to the Memorial Wall will be read during the ceremony at the community center, 20062 N. Umpqua Hwy. All are invited. Refreshments will be served.
Bill DeGroot, 541-505-6526

May 26 – 8 a.m. – Ceremonial flag raising at the River Bank Gazebo. Boy Scouts will place a wreath on the river for those lost or interred at sea.
Margaret Kimbro, 541-998-6192, 4margaretkimbro@comcast.net.

Junction City
May 26 – 10 a.m. – A ceremony will include military honors from American Legion 61, POW-MIA Table at Restlawn Cemetery, Hi Pass and Territorial Rd.
Margaret Kimbro, 541-998-6192, 4margaretkimbro@comcast.net

May 26 – 11 a.m. – American Legion Post 51 and Lebanon High School JROTC will present the colors and military honors during a ceremony at the IOOF Cemetery, 37295 Cemetery Rd., near Hwy 20. More than 500 burial flags will be on display, and nearly 1,300 U.S. flags and crosses will be placed on veteran’s graves.
Fred Schafer, 541-258-7453

Myrtle Creek (Tri City)
May 26 – 8 to 10 a.m. – Breakfast for veterans and families at Veterans Memorial Bldg., American Legion Post 123, 252 S. Pacific Hwy. Veterans are free; donations accepted for others.
Contact: Roy Brogden, 541-863-3857

May 25 – 4 to 7 p.m. – Veterans dinner, Presbyterian Church, 2360 Longwood Drive. Dinner is free to all veterans and open to all for a small donation.
7 to 8:30 p.m. – Patriotic concert, Pacific Auditorium, 2260 Longwood Dr., Reedsport. Donations accepted at the door. The night will include the group “Strange Brew;” Reedsport Community Choir, and playing of military service branch songs.

May 26 – 10 a.m. – A ceremony at the Masonic Cemetery on Longwood Drive hosted by the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
12:30 p.m. – The annual parade begins on 22nd Ave., near the Community Charter School, to Highway 101, down 10th St., and finish at Hahn Park. Grand Marshals: Army Command Sgts. Maj. Daryl Thies, his wife Charlene Nehl Thies, and Vietnam veteran Robert Bozman.
1:45 p.m. – Memorial Service at Hahn Park War Memorial with a laying of wreaths. Music by the Presbyterian Church. Guest speaker: Command Sgts. Maj. Daryl Thies.

May 26 – 11 a.m. – Ceremony at the Roseburg VA Cemetery Annex, with military honors rendered by VFW Post 12, Honor Guard, White Doves release, wreath presentations, reading of “In Flanders Fields,” Taps. Guest speaker: Glenn Madderom, VA National Cemetery Development. The public is invited to attend a picnic at the Stewart Park Pavilion following the ceremony.
Lloyd Kesterson, 541-672-2874, kestersons@gmail.com

May 26 – 9 a.m. – American Legion Post 40, Flag Ceremony at Mohawk and I St.
Frank Blair, 541-998-2839
10 a.m. – Ceremony at Springfield Memorial Gardens, 5305 Main St. Music: Willamette HS Topnotchers Choir. Military Honors: Oregon Army National Guard.
Dee Harbison, 541-686-2818

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