Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs 2013 Memorial Day Events: Portland, Eugene, Salem, & More

2013 Memorial Day Events in Oregon
Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs
More info: http://www.oregon.gov/ODVA/


May 27 11 a.m. – American Legion Post 10 presents the annual program at Willamette Memorial Park, 2640 Old Salem Rd. NE. A lunch will be served following the program at the VFW Post 584, 1469 Timber St. SE.
2 p.m. – A similar program will be presented by American Legion Post 10 at Twin Oaks Memorial Gardens, 34275 Riverside Dr.
Roy Poppleton, 541-924-9085

May 27 – 10:30 a.m. – A ceremony with American Legion Post 14 and VFW Post 353 at Mountain View Cemetery, 440 Normal Ave. Guest speakers, music from the Valley of the Rogue New Horizons Band, Southern Oregon Concert Band, Ashland High School Choir. Flag presentation: Boy Scout Troop 112.
Bradford Fish, 541-261-5867, [email protected]

May 27 10:30 a.m. Gathering at Veterans Memorial Park, 7th and Watson Streets. The American Legion Band will play patriotic music.
11 a.m. – The ceremony will include an Honor Guard flag presentation, POW/MIA ceremony, gun salute. Speaker: Col. William J. Edwards III, commander, 41st Infantry Brigade, Oregon Army National Guard.
12:15 p.m. – Submarine veterans will conduct the Tolling of the Boats at the USS Albacore Monument.
Marv Doty, 503-644-0350, [email protected]

May 27 – 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. The opening ceremony for We Are Remembering-Not Just a Number precedes the continuous reading of 6,600+ names of fallen American veterans in Operations Iraqi/Enduring Freedom/New Dawn at River Bend Park, on Columbia Ave. Color Guard, Flag Line, Bagpipers: Bend Band of Brothers.
Tracy Miller, 541-310-0701, [email protected]
1 p.m. – Annual ceremony and services at Deschutes Memorial Gardens, Hwy. 97. Ceremony will honor Korean War and Vietnam War veterans. Speaker: Col. (ret) Mike Brock, USMC. Poppy March held during the ceremony. Reception following at VFW Post 1643, 1503 NE 4th St.
Bob Cusick, 541-389-0775

May 27 11 a.m. Zion Memorial Cemetery, Township Rd. Guest speakers, rifle salute, reading of the names of Oregon veterans who passed away in the last year. Event sponsored by American Legion Post 122.  BBQ chicken lunch held at the Post following the program, 424 NW 1st Ave.
Richard Weiss, 503-975-9537

Cave Junction
May 27 10 a.m. Ceremony at City Hall, 222 Lister Ave., hosted by American Legion Post 70, with guest speakers and Taps.  A new flag pole will be dedicated nearby on the site of a former WWI barracks.
11 a.m. – Ceremony at Laurel Cemetery, 1090 Laurel Road.
Bob Soria, 541-592-6856

Central Point
May 27 9 a.m. – Veterans at Don Jones City Park, on Hamrick Road, host the annual Fallen War Heroes Memorial Day Commemoration and ceremony.
Marty Terrell, 541-664-0191

Coos Bay
May 25 11 a.m. Annual Memorial Day parade through downtown. Grand Marshals: WWII Veterans Elmer Lively and Russell Hull. Parade check-in and registration begins at 8 a.m. on 4th and Golden St. Entrants must register to be in parade.
Bill Kehler, 541-888-6556, [email protected]

May 24 – 3:30 p.m. – OSU’s Departments of Athletics and Veteran Resources are dedicating the Beavers vs. Washington State baseball game to veterans. Two veterans will be honored on the field at Goss Stadium.  Discounted ticket prices for military service members, veterans, and their families: $10, reserved seating; $5, general admission. Valid military/veteran ID required for discount.
Gus Bedwell, 541-737-7662, [email protected]

May 27 2 p.m. Tribute to Benton County veterans at Benton County Vets Memorial, south lawn of the National Guard Armory, 1100 NW Kings Blvd. Open to the public.
Les Whittle, 541-752-3222

May 27 11 a.m. Avenue of Flags display at Dallas Cemetery, 2065 SW Fairview, with more than 500 burial flags. Speaker: Col. (ret.) Gerald Tipton. The high school choir will sing. Students will play Echo Taps.
Dennis Johnson, 503-623-3727

Depoe Bay
May 27 11 a.m. 67th Annual Fleet of Flowers: Following a brief ceremony at the Harbor front, attendees will board local fishing fleet vessels and head to the open ocean.  Flowers from all boats are cast upon the water in memory of all who have lost their lives at sea and to the men and women of the U.S. armed forces who were KIA. Reception afterwards: U.S. Coast Guard Station.
Phil Taunton, 541-765-2261

Eagle Point
May 27 – 11 a.m.
– Ceremony at Eagle Point National Cemetery. Keynote speaker: Ore. Rep. Greg Walden. Music by local bag pipers. Helicopters and bi-plane flyover.
Bob Huff, 503-628-1847

May 27 – 7 a.m. – American Legion Post 74 will host a Memorial Day breakfast until 11:30 a.m. at The Odd Fellows Hall, SW 2nd Ave. Cost: $5 per person. The parade begins at 11 a.m.
Terry Brown, 503-867-6123

May 27 9 a.m. Ceremony at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, 200 Crest Dr.
Dee Harbison, 541-686-2818
11 a.m. – Memorial Day ceremonies at Eugene Pioneer Cemetery, 18th and University Ave., sponsored by American Legion Post 3.
Bob Potter, 541-338-4074
12:30 p.m. – Ceremony at Lane Memorial Gardens, 5300 W. 11th Ave. Speaker: Bob Welch, Eugene Register-Guard. Music: Willamette HS Topnotchers Choir. Military Honors: Oregon Army National Guard.
2:30 p.m. – Ceremony at West Lawn Memorial Park and Funeral Home, 225 S. Danebo Ave. Speaker: Bob Welch, Eugene Register-Guard. Music: Willamette HS Topnotchers Choir. Military Honors: Oregon Army National Guard.
Dee Harbison, 541-686-2818

Forest Grove
May 27 11 a.m. Ceremony and Avenue of Flags, Forest View Cemetery, 1161 Pacific Ave., with 100+ burial flags, American Legion Post 2, high school choir, Boy Scouts, Oregon Army National Guard’s 218th Field Artillery Color Guard and cannon salute. Keynote speaker: Ore. Sen. Jeff Merkley.
Jim Craigg, 971-235-6056

May 27 – 10 a.m. – 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. Speaker: Jim Little. All are invited. Refreshments will be served.
Bill DeGroot 541-505-6526

Grants Pass
May 23-27 – 10 a.m. to Midnight – Boatnik: A Memorial Day weekend event along the Rogue River for more than 50 years.  2013 Theme: “A Proud Tradition of Supporting Our Vets.” Proceeds support local children and youth programs.
Michael Sellers, 541-659-2113, [email protected]
May 25 7 to 10 a.m. – Annual Pancake Breakfast fundraiser at American Legion Post 28, 206 NW F St.
Post 28 Commander, 541-474-6400
May 27 12 p.m. – Nearly 1,000 flags on display at Hillcrest Memorial Park dedicated to those who have served and given their lives for freedom. Speaker: Col. (ret.) Dave Dotterrer, USMC. Color Guard and Firing Squad: The Marine Corps League.
Hillcrest Memorial Park, 541-476-2310

May 27 – 9 a.m. – Graveside tribute to our fallen brothers and sisters by VFW Post 180 at Forest Lawn, 400 SW Walters Road.
11 a.m. – Tribute to all fallen military members is presented by VFW Post 180.  Local and state dignitaries will speak at the corner of NE Powell Blvd. and Roberts St.
Val Shaull, 503-805-8991, www.vfwpost180.us/

May 27 – 11 a.m. – American Legion Post 6 will conduct a ceremony as done by the Grand Army of the Republic at Pioneer Cemetery, 1601 SW Baseline St.
Robert Liebenow, 503-649-9250
1 p.m. – Ceremony at the Veterans Gateway, Hillsboro Fairgrounds, on Cornell Rd. The names of Washington County’s 129 WWII veterans who were KIA will be read. WWII veteran’s stories will be read or told by family members. Keynote speaker: Ore. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici.
Dan Fink, 503-799-2665

Hood River
May 27 – 11 a.m. Ceremony at Idlewilde Cemetery, 980Tucker Road, with American Legion Post 22, the Boy Scouts, and Oregon Army National Guard. Veterans’ plaques will be added to the “Bud Collins Walk of Honor.” Flyover by vintage WWII aircraft.
Bob Huskey, 541-386-2599

May 27 – 9 a.m.
– Veterans groups will host a ceremony at the city park. A veteran’s color guard will render military honors. Speaker: Maj. Paul Evans, Oregon Air National Guard, Iraq veteran.
Mike Forest, 503-851-0751

Junction City
May 27 – 10 a.m.
– Ceremony will include a POW-MIA Table at Restlawn Cemetery, Hi Pass and Territorial Rd. Speakers: American Legion Post 61 Cdr., Fred Jamieson; VFW Post 10639 Cdr., Brad King; David Noble, Restlawn Cemetery.
Margaret Kimbro, 541-998-6192, [email protected]

Klamath Falls
May 27 6:30 a.m. Sunrise Service, Avenue of Flags at Klamath Memorial Cemetery on Memorial Drive.
10 a.m. – Annual parade sponsored by Klamath Freedom Celebration Committee; Main St. to Veterans Park. Grand Marshal: SMSgt. Cody Pemberton, Bronze Star recipient.
11 a.m. – Ceremony at Veterans Park co-sponsored by 173rd Fighter Wing, VFW Post 1383.  The Marine Corps League and Post 1383 will render military honors.
12 p.m. – Open house at each of the following: VFW Post 1383, 515 Klamath Ave., will serve a stew lunch. American Legion Post 8, 228 N 8th St., serving a chili feed. The Marine Corps League, 1018 Main St., will host a free spaghetti feed.
Michael Reynolds, 541-891-5749

La Pine
May 27 11 a.m. A ceremony will be held at Community Cemetery, Reed Rd. off Hwy 97 with an open house afterwards at the American Legion Post 45, 52532 Drafter Rd.
Pat Cotton, 541-536-1402

La Grande
May 27 11 a.m. American Legion Post 43 presents a Avenue of Flags and ceremony.  Speaker: Roger Cochrane.  The Avenue of Flags will be on display on Sat., May 25 and will remain lighted overnight at Grandview Cemetery.
Lonnie Myers, 541-963-2908

May 27 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. Over 1,300 U.S. flags and crosses will be placed on veterans graves.
Fred Schafer, 541-258-7453

May 27 7 a.m. Annual Memorial Day Breakfast at Malin Park Community Hall, 2307 Front St. Cost: $7.50 each; $20 per family. All proceeds to support veteran and community needs.
10 a.m. An Everlasting Ceremony will honor all deceased veterans.
Dennis Chabot, 541-723-2110

May 27 12 p.m. Tribute ceremony at Sahalie Park, at 7th & B Streets, is hosted by American Legion Post 125. Free Hot Dog BBQ will follow. Donations accepted. Music: Tucker Band.
Keegan Hodges, 541-350-8009

May 27 10 a.m. VFW Post 3973 will hold a public ceremony at Adams Cemetery, Adams Cemetery Rd.
Jason Carroll, 503-824-3608

Mt. Angel
May 27 9:30 a.m. Memorial Day service with flag presentation, Honor Guard and military gun salute at Calvary Cemetery, Hwy. 214.
10 a.m. – Mass will be offered. A reception will follow at American Legion Post 89, 740 College St.
Stephen Miller, 503-845-6460

May 27 – 8 to 11 a.m. American Legion Post 57 and VFW Post 4015 will conduct full military honors services at five local cemeteries starting at 8 a.m. at each location. 
11 a.m.
A public ceremony at Memorial Park, SE 6th & Blaine, with a flag ceremony, Gettysburg Address recital, Memorial War roll call, and floral presentations by various groups. Speaker: Lt. Col. (ret.) Thomas Barnes, U.S. Army. All are welcome at the Community BBQ at 12 p.m.
Faith Gerstel, 503-538-9151

Oregon City
May 27 – 10 a.m. – Mountain View Cemetery, 500 Hilda St., will present floral tributes, military vehicles, Gardiner Middle School Band, bagpipers, and children’s activities. Speaker: Iraq War veteran, Capt. (ret.) Ken Kraft, U.S. Army; Cdr., VFW Post 1324. Enjoy free refreshments and a BBQ. Coffee, donuts available for a charitable donation.
Mountain View Cemetery, 503-657-8299

May 24-25 – The Portland Ballet Youth Company is offering veterans and active-duty military members special pricing for the Memorial weekend production of Stars and Stripes. Select the discounted $15 ticket price when ordering online or when calling.
Theportlandballet.org, or call 503-452-8448

May 26 – 11 a.m. Rededication of the Korean War Memorial at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 SE Mt. Scott Blvd.
Bill Call, 503-784-7589, [email protected]

May 27 10 a.m. Annual ceremony with live patriotic music, military honor guard, guest speakers, veterans’ organizations flag procession at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 SE Mt. Scott Blvd.
Roger Huntley, 503-273-5250, [email protected]
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. –
Civil War Cemetery tour at Lone Fir Cemetery, SE 26th and Stark St. The free tour of over 335 graves of Union and Confederate soldiers is a combination of historical facts, videos and reenactments taken from letters written by combatants. Visit: www.oregoncivilwarconnections.yolasite.com
F.W. Krone, 503-954-0383
10 a.m. Reading of all 803 names of Oregon service members KIA who appear on the Oregon Vietnam Veterans Living Memorial, 4022 SW Canyon Rd.
11:15 a.m. – Annual ceremony at the Oregon Vietnam Veterans Living Memorial with vintage military aircraft flyover, military honors, rifle salute, Taps. Speaker: Jim Willis.
Ron Cannon, 503-819-4228
12 p.m. Memorial Day concert series at Portland Rose Festival’s City Fair, RoZone near Yamhill St. entrance to Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Military members, veterans (and one guest) get free entry to City Fair every day, May 24 – June 9, with a valid military/retiree/veteran ID.  Memorial Day concerts:  12 p.m., Lew Jones; 1 p.m., Heroes; 3 p.m., Ceremonial Moment of Remembrance; 3:10 p.m., Oregon’s 234th Army Band; 4:30 p.m., Sandy Saunders Band; 6 p.m., Steve Hales Trio; 7:30 p.m., Geno Michaels; 9 p.m., Usual Suspects.
Emily Morris, 503-227-2681

May 27 11 a.m. Annual parade from the Courthouse to the Firefighter Memorial Park, followed by a ceremony at Juniper Haven Cemetery, hosted by VFW Post 1412 and American Legion Post 27.
John Ferguson, 541-447-2329

May 27 – 11 a.m. – Service conducted by American Legion Post 1909 at Hudson Cemetery, 75900 Larson Rd., with color guard and gun salute. Speaker: Pastor Paul Rice.
Roger Ege, 503-556-4119

May 27 11 a.m. Ceremony at Redmond Cemetery, Yew Ave. and Old Bend-Redmond Hwy, featuring an Avenue of Flags with 1,250 displayed downtown. Speakers: Brig. Gen. (ret.) Dennis Merrill; Mayor George Endicott.
Dennis Guthrie, 541-280-5161

May 27 – 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 “In Flanders Fields,” Taps. Speakers: Dr. Tim Godlove, National Cemetery Admin., Carol Bogedain, director, Roseburg VAMC.
Dodie Blessing, 541-784-6250

May 27 – 11 a.m. – The ceremony is hosted by Greater Salem Area Veterans Organization at City View Cemetery, 390 Hoyt St. SE. Military honors presented by JROTC units from McNary and North Salem High Schools. Multiple ceremonial wreathes to be presented. Speaker: Tom Mann, ODVA. A free lunch is served afterwards at VFW Post 661, 630 Hood St. NE.
Marcia Read, 503-779-6568

3 p.m. Ceremony at the Afghan-Iraqi Freedom Memorial, 700 Summer St. NE. Army Capt. James D. Nehl’s name will be added to the Memorial Wall. Speaker: Cameron Smith, director, Oregon Dept. of Veterans’ Affairs. All names of Oregon KIAs from both wars inscribed on to the wall will be read during the ceremony. Military honors: Oregon National Guard Select Honor Guard.
Mike Allegre, 503-373-2389

May 27 – 10 a.m. – Memorial Service with Honor Guard presenting all service branch flags, a 21-gun salute, and Taps played at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church Cemetery, 51555 Old Portland Rd. Refreshments to be served. A free-will offering will be given to the Oregon Veterans’ Home.
Bernard Offley, 503-706-6693

May 27 – 11 a.m. American Legion Post 99 and Seaside Elks #1748 will conduct a ceremony at the Post, 1359 Broadway. Speaker: Col. Dean Perez, Oregon Army National Guard.
Lou Neubecker, 503-717-0152

May 27 – 11:45 a.m. – Ceremony at Deer Creek Cemetery on Lake Shore Dr.
Bob Soria, 541-592-6856

May 27 11 a.m. – A memorial service will be held at the Village Green Park, at Fir St. and Washington Ave., followed by a BBQ. Speaker: Jim Horsley, former Navy Blue Angels pilot.
Pat Bowe, 541-588-0192 

May 27 – 9 a.m.
– American Legion Post 40 Flag Ceremony at Mohawk and I St. Guest speakers include Mayor Christine Lundberg.
Frank Blair, 541-998-2839
10 a.m. – Ceremony at Springfield Memorial Gardens, 5305 Main St. Speaker: Bob Welch, Eugene Register-Guard. Music: Willamette HS Topnotchers Choir. Military Honors: Oregon Army National Guard.
Dee Harbison, 541-686-2818

May 27 9 a.m. A memorial ceremony will be held at Pioneer Cemetery, 485 NW Larch Ave.
Dennis Guthrie, 541-280-5161

The Dalles
May 27 12 p.m. – A memorial, wreath laying, military honors by American Legion Post 19 will be held at the Kelly Viewpoint Veterans Memorial.
2 p.m. – A memorial service, military honors by American Legion Post 19 will be held at the Oregon Veterans’ Home, 700 Veterans Dr.
Vandee Mauser, 541-993-4300

May 27 – 11 a.m.
– American Legion Post 158 will honor veterans at Crescent Grove Cemetery, 9925 SW Greenburg Rd. Veteran’s Color Guard, Bag pipe music. Speaker: Marland Henderson, Tigard City Council President. An Avenue of Flags will be displayed all weekend.  A potluck is served, 12:30 p.m., at the post, 8635 SW Scoffins St.
Bernie Healy, 503-692-5700 or 503-624-2332

May 27 11 a.m. Sunset Heights Memorial Gardens Cemetery, 7800 Trask River Rd. Tillamook Community Band will perform patriotic music, guest speakers, presentation of the colors, reading names of Tillamook County veterans that have died since May 2012. Taps will be played.  Refreshments served following the ceremony.
Dean Crist, 503-842-6213

May 27 11 a.m. A ceremony at Winona Cemetery, 9900 SW Tualatin Rd., will include guest speakers: Pearl Harbor survivor Monty Montague; Oregon’s only living Medal of Honor recipient, Robert Maxwell; Ore. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici; State Rep. Julie Parish. Tualatin Police Honor Guard and static display by Tualatin Valley Fire Dept. Taps: WWII submariner, George Hager. Free community picnic follows.
Dale Potts, 503-692-1832, [email protected]

May 27 11 a.m. American Legion Post 104 members will conduct the ceremony at Memorial Cemetery, 2080 Bridge St.  Speaker: Del White, Commander, Post 104.  The Post 104 Honor Guard will post the Colors, fire a 21-gun salute, play Taps.
Bill Shields, 503-649-5099, [email protected]  

May 27 10:30 a.m. – Ceremony at the Historic Train Depot, Clark and Fulton Streets followed by the annual parade. Veterans are invited to ride on the parade float.  Enjoy a BBQ lunch, car and truck show, and a pastry auction.
Cassie Strege, 541-442-5515 

May 27 11 a.m. The Oregon Trail Chapter, Korean War Veterans of America will host a ceremony at Oregon’s Korean War Memorial with a commemorative reading. Taps will be played.  Located off I-5, exit 283, 10 miles south of Portland. Follow the signs to Town Center Park.
Chuck Lusardi, 503-628-1847

May 27 10:30 a.m. The annual Remembrance Ceremony is hosted by American Legion Post 46 at Belle Passi Cemetery, 997 Belle Passi Cemetery Rd. An Avenue of Flags will include nearly 300 burial flags.
Dan Evers, 503-628-1847