2014 Oregon Memorial Day Events

SALEM –On Memorial Day, May 26, Americans will honor and remember all of those who have died while serving in the U. S. Armed Forces.  In recognition of the holiday’s rich history, the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs (ODVA) has published a list of Memorial Day celebrations that are occurring throughout the state.

The most current list of statewide event locations and information are available online: .  

Decoration Day, as it was originally called, was first observed on May 30, 1868 as a day to place flowers on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.  The holiday’s name was later changed to Memorial Day in 1971 and became a federal holiday to be observed on the last Monday in May.

As part of these observances,the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs (ODVA) will host a ceremony on Monday, May 26, at 3 p.m., on the department’s grounds in Salem, 700 Summer St. N.E.

The public ceremony will honor two fallen Oregon U.S. Army soldiers, Specialist John A. Pelham of Beaverton, and Private First Class Cody J. Patterson from Philomath.  Both soldiers died while serving in Afghanistan; Patterson on Oct. 6, 2013 and Pelham on Feb. 12, 2014.

These soldier’s names will be added to the Afghan-Iraqi Freedom Memorial where the names of 139 other Oregon men and women, who have given their lives while serving our nation, are inscribed.  All names of the fallen on the memorial will be read aloud during the ceremony.

Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley will be the keynote speaker.

Cities and communities who are hosting Memorial Day events and would like their information listed can email details to

Other statewide Memorial Day weekend events are listed below.

2014 Oregon Memorial Day Events

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

May 26 – 10:30 a.m. – A public ceremony with American Legion Post 14 and VFW Post 353 at Mountain View Cemetery, 440 Normal Ave. Guest speakers, with music from the Valley of the Rogue New Horizons Band, Southern Oregon Concert Band, and Ashland High School Choir. Flag presentation: Boy Scout Troop 112.
Bradford Fish, 541-261-5867,

Baker City
May 26 – 10 a.m. – Ceremony hosted by American Legion 41 will honor the Military Fallen and Veterans. Guest speaker and burial flag dedications at Mt. Hope Cemetery.
Gary Young, 541-523-4838

May 26 10:30 a.m. Public gathering at Veterans Memorial Park, 7th and Watson Streets. The American Legion Post 185 Band will play patriotic music.
11 a.m. – A ceremony will include an Honor Guard flag presentation, POW/MIA ceremony, gun salute. Guest Speakers: Col. (Ret.) Mary J. Mayer, USAF; State American Legion Commander, Mike Morris; Mayor Denny Doyle.
12:15 p.m. – Submarine veterans will conduct the Tolling of the Boats at the USS Albacore Monument.
Marv Doty, 503-644-0350,

May 26 1 p.m. – Annual public ceremony and services at Deschutes Memorial Gardens, Hwy. 97. Guest Speaker: David Edelston, Celtic Society. Poppy March held during the ceremony. Reception following at VFW Post 1643, 1503 NE 4th St.
Bob Cusick, 541-419-8465

May 26 6 p.m. – Public ceremony at City Hall, 898 Elk Dr., to read aloud the names of  Oregon military members  killed in Vietnam  in remembrance of their shared sacrifice with other veterans.
Sam Vitale, 541-469-6443

May 26 11 a.m. Zion Memorial Cemetery, Township Rd. Guest speakers, rifle salute, reading of local veterans who passed away in the past year. Event sponsored by American Legion Post 122. A BBQ chicken lunch  to be held at the
Post following the program, 424 NW 1st Ave.
Pat Coffman, 503-505-3250

Cave Junction
May 26 10 a.m. Ceremony at City Hall, 222 Lister Ave., hosted by American Legion Post 70, includes guest speakers and Taps.
10:30 a.m. Ceremony at the World War I monument, near Jubilee Park, hosted by American Legion Post 70.
11 a.m. Ceremony with guest speakers and Taps at Laurel Cemetery, on Laurel Ave., hosted by American Legion Post 70.
Bob Soria, 541-592-6856

Central Point
May 26 9 a.m. – Ceremony at Don Jones Memorial Park, on Hamrick Road, for the annual Fallen War Heroes Memorial Day Commemoration. Guest speaker: Oregon Rep. Greg Walden.
Jennifer Boardman, 541-423-1042

May 24 11 a.m. Dedication of the granite marker that lists the names of 8 former Nestucca High School students who died during their military service. An informal community ceremony and the annual Col. Kenneth Reusser Memorial celebration will be conducted.
Kay Saddler, 503-398-5000,

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 .
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,

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,
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 11 a.m. American Legion Post 20 and Auxiliary and VFW Post 3203, will host a public ceremony with a Color Guard and Avenue of Flags at Dallas Cemetery, 2065 SW Fairview. Music provided by the Dallas High School choir and band.
Dennis Johnson, 503-623-3727

Depoe Bay
May 26 11 a.m. The 69th Annual Fleet of Flowers: After a Harbor Front ceremony, attendees may board local fishing vessels, travel to the open ocean to cast flowers in the water in memory of all who have lost their lives at sea, and for U.S. armed forces men and women who were killed in action. A reception follows at the U.S. Coast Guard Station. Guest speaker: Lincoln County Commissioner, Bill Hall.
Debby Metz, 541-765-2150 or Tonya York, 541-270-1508

Eagle Point
May 26 – 11 a.m.
– Ceremony at Eagle Point National Cemetery. Guest speakers: Rep Greg Walden; Col. (Ret) Dave Dotterer, USMC. Events include a flyover by local aircraft, Bag Pipers, Oregon National Guard and Marine Corps League Honor Guard.
Bob Huff, 541-601-9283

May 26 – 7 to 11 a.m. – American Legion Post 74 and the Odd Fellows will host a Memorial Day breakfast on SW 2nd Ave. Suggested donation: $5 per person.
Terry Brown, 503-867-6123

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

Forest Grove
May 26 11 a.m. Ceremony and Avenue of Flags at Forest View Cemetery, 1161 Pacific Ave. hosted by American Legion Post 2. The event includes a high school choir, the Boy Scouts, and a Color Guard.
Jim Craigg, 971-235-6056

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

Gold Beach
May 26 – 12 p.m. A ceremony, hosted by VFW Post 4439, will honor and salute the fallen, at the Curry County Veterans Memorial, 94080 Shirley Lane.
Sam Vitale, 541-469-6443

Grants Pass
May 24 – 10 a.m. –  Boatnik Memorial Day Parade.
Gerrin Beck, 541-659-5535,
May 26 – 11 a.m. A ceremony will be hosted at Hillcrest Memorial Park by the Marine Corps League. Nearly 1,000 flags will be displayed in the Avenue of Flags. Military honors: Color Guard and Firing Squad. Refreshments served after the ceremony.
Hillcrest Memorial Park, 541-476-2310
12 p.m. – Annual ceremony to remember and salute fallen military veterans will be at Riverside Park.
Gerrin Beck, 541-659-5535

May 26 – 9 a.m. – Graveside tribute to all fallen military members by VFW Post 180 at Forest Lawn, 400 SW Walters Rd.
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,

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,

May 26 – 1 p.m. – American Legion Post 6 and VFW Post 2666 will co-host a ceremony, with a Rifle salute and Taps, at Veterans Gateway Memorial, Hillsboro Fairgrounds, on Cornell Rd. Keynote speaker: Maj. Gen. Dan Hokanson, Oregon’s Adjutant General.
Dan Fink, 503-799-2665
2:30 p.m. – A ceremony will be held at Fir Lawn Cemetery, 1070 W. Main St.
Glenn Colangelo, 503-945-0190

Hood River
May 26 – 11 a.m. – A ceremony – “Honoring Our Veterans” – is at Idlewilde Cemetery, 980 Tucker Road. Presentations by American Legion Post 22, the Boy Scouts, and Oregon Army National Guard. Music: Hood River Valley High School band. Veterans’ plaques will be added to the “Bud Collins Walk of Honor.” Flyover: Vintage WWII aircraft.
Bob Huskey, 541-386-2599,

May 26 – 9 a.m. – Veterans groups will host a ceremony at the city park. A veteran’s Color Guard will render military honors.
Doug Birch, 503-510-6637
11 a.m. – Independence State Airport, 4705 Airport Rd., hosts the 21st Annual Memorial Day Pilot Tribute honoring Oregon military and civilian aviators who have passed on. Non-military flyover at 10:50 a.m. A picnic lunch in the Nutsch Aviation Hangar, at 11:30 a.m., $5 per person. Limited parking. A free parking shuttle from Marquis Spa on Hoffman Road will be provided.
Kate Jaudes, 971-209-9501

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,

Klamath Falls
May 26 6 a.m. Sunrise Service and Avenue of Flags at Klamath Memorial Cemetery on Memorial Drive.
10 a.m. – Annual parade on Main St. to Veterans Park.
11 a.m. – Ceremony at Veterans Park, co-hosted by the 173rd Fighter Wing and VFW Post 1383.  The Marine Corps League and Post 1383 will render military honors.
12 p.m. – Open house free to the public at each of the following locations: VFW Post 1383, 515 Klamath Ave., will serve a stew lunch. American Legion Post 8, 228 N 8th St., will serve a chili feed. The Marine Corps League, 1018 Main St., will host a spaghetti feed.
Michael Reynolds, 541-891-5749

La Pine
May 26 11 a.m. – A public ceremony hosted by American Legion Post 45 will be held at Community Cemetery, on Reed Rd. off Hwy 97.  Guest speakers: County Commissioner Tony DeBone and Mayor Ken Mulenex.  A public open house and BBQ will be held afterwards at Post 45, 52532 Drafter Rd.
Pat Cotton, 541-536-1402

La Grande
May 26 11 a.m. American Legion Post 43 presents an Avenue of Flags and ceremony at Grandview Cemetery.  Speaker: Rev. Roger Cochrane.  The flags will remain lighted overnight and will be display May 24-26 until 3 p.m.
Lonnie Myers, 541-963-2908

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

May 26 7 to 10 a.m. Annual Memorial Day Breakfast at Malin Park Community Hall, 2307 Front St. Cost: $7.50 each; $20 per family. All proceeds go to support veteran and community services.
10:30 a.m. An Everlasting Ceremony will honor all deceased veterans.
Dennis Chabot, 541-723-2110

May 26 10 a.m. VFW Post 3973 will hold a public ceremony at Adams Cemetery, Adams Cemetery Rd.
Rodney Wymore, 503-829-8748

Mt. Angel
May 26 9:30 a.m. A public ceremony and service includes a flag presentation, Honor Guard and military gun salute at Calvary Cemetery, Hwy. 214.
10 a.m. – Catholic Mass will be offered. A reception will follow at American Legion Post 89, 740 College St.
Jim Kosel, 503-845-6119

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 26 – 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 and Blaine, includes a flag ceremony, the Gettysburg Address is recited, Memorial War roll call, and floral presentations by various groups. All are welcome at the Community BBQ at 12 p.m.
Faith Gerstel, 503-538-9151

Oregon City
May 26 – 10 a.m. – Mountain View Cemetery, 500 Hilda St., will present floral tributes,   military vehicles, Gardiner Middle School Band, bagpipers. Guest Speaker: James McDonald, Korean War veteran. Historic cemetery tours and light breakfast refreshments will be offered.
Mountain View Cemetery, 503-657-8299

May 26 10 a.m. A public ceremony with live patriotic music, a joint military Honor Guard and a veterans’ organizations flag procession at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 SE Mt. Scott Blvd. Guest speaker: Cameron Smith, Director, ODVA,
Roger Huntley, 503-273-5250,
10 a.m. Reading of all 803 names of Oregon service members killed in action in Vietnam who appear on the Oregon Vietnam Veterans Living Memorial, 4022 SW Canyon Rd.
11:15 a.m. – Annual public ceremony at the Oregon Vietnam Veterans Living Memorial with military honors, rifle salute, and Taps.
Ron Cannon, 503-819-4228

May 26 11 a.m. Annual parade from 4th and Main to the Firefighter Memorial Park, followed by a ceremony at Juniper Haven Cemetery, hosted by VFW Post 1412,  American Legion Post 27, and Band of Bros.
Jim Taylor, 541-350-9766

May 26 – 11 a.m. – A service, with Color Guard and rifle salute, will be conducted by VFW Post 1909 at Hudson Cemetery, 75900 Larson Rd.
Roger Ege, 503-556-4119,

May 26 7:30 a.m. – Breakfast at Post 44, 704 SW 8th St. Donations accepted.
11 a.m. Ceremony at Redmond Cemetery, Yew Ave. and Old Bend-Redmond Hwy. An Avenue of Flags with 1,275 displayed downtown to honor all veterans laid to rest at the cemetery.
Dennis Guthrie, 541-280-5161

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,

May 26 – 11 a.m. – The Greater Salem Area Veterans Organization hosts the annual ceremony at City View Cemetery, 390 Hoyt St. SE.  Ceremonial wreathes to be presented.  A free lunch is served afterwards at VFW Post 661, 630 Hood St. NE.
Kerry Wymetalek, 503-881-8303
11 a.m. – A ceremony will be held at Restlawn Memorial Garden, 201 Oak Grove Rd. NW.
Glenn Colangelo, 503-945-0190
3 p.m. Ceremony at the Afghan-Iraqi Freedom Memorial, 700 Summer St. NE. Two names of Oregon soldiers killed in action will be added to the Memorial Wall. Guest Speaker: Sen. Jeff Merkley. The names of Oregon military who were KIA from both wars inscribed on the wall will be read during the ceremony. Military honors: Oregon National Guard Select Honor Guard.
Mike Allegre, 503-373-2389

May 26 – 10 a.m. – Memorial Service with Honor Guard and Taps. All military service branch flags to be presented at the Catholic Church and Cemetery, 51555 Old Portland Rd. A light lunch will be served.
Bernard Offley, 503-706-6693

May 26 – 11 a.m. American Legion Post 99 and Seaside Elks #1748 will host a ceremony at the Post, 1315 Broadway. Guest speaker: State Sen. Betsy Johnson. Lunch served at 12 p.m.
Bud Thompson, 503-738-5158

May 26 – 12 p.m. – Ceremony at Deer Creek Cemetery on Lake Shore Dr.
Bob Soria, 541-592-6856 

May 26 11 a.m. – A memorial service will be held at the Village Green Park, at Fir St. and Washington Ave. A BBQ will be served afterward.
Pat Bowe, 541-588-0192  

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

May 26 9 a.m. A memorial ceremony will be held at Pioneer Cemetery, 485 NW Larch Ave.
Lara Chan, 541-526-1626

The Dalles
May 26 12 p.m. – A memorial, wreath laying, military honors by VFW Post 2471 will be held at the Sorosis Park, Kelly Viewpoint Veterans Memorial.
Vandee Mauser, 541-993-4300
1:30 p.m. — The Oregon State Council Vietnam Veterans of America co-hosts the dedication of Interstate 84 as Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway at the Oregon Veterans Home, 700 Veterans Dr. One highway sign will be unveiled during the ceremony.
Stu Steinberg, 541-604-0963 or Dallas Swafford, 541-296-7152

May 26 – 11 a.m.
– American Legion Post 158 will honor all veterans at Crescent Grove Cemetery, 9925 SW Greenburg Rd.  Veteran’s Color Guard, Bag pipe music. An Avenue of Flags will be displayed all weekend.  Potluck is served, 12:30 p.m., at the Post, 8635 SW Scoffins St.
American Legion Post 158, 503-624-2332,

May 26 11 a.m. Ceremony at Sunset Heights Memorial Gardens Cemetery, 7800 Trask River Rd. Tillamook Community Band will perform patriotic music and play Taps. Boy Scout Troop 586 will present the colors. Refreshments served following the ceremony.
Dean Crist, 503-842-6213

May 26 – 10:45 a.m. – A ceremony, at Winona Cemetery, 9900 SW Tualatin Rd., includes a Tualatin Police Honor Guard, static display by Tualatin Valley Fire Dept., High School choral group, Crimsonairs, and Echo Taps. Guest speaker: Korean War DMZ Veteran Joe Lipscomb. Bugler duet echo Taps. Free community picnic follows at Tualatin Community Park.
Dale Potts, 503-692-1832,

May 26 – at 11 a.m. American Legion Post 104 members will conduct the ceremony at Memorial Cemetery, 2080 Bridge St. Speaker: Del White. The Post Honor Guard will post the Colors, fire a 21-gun salute, play Taps.
Bill Shields, 503-649-5099,

May 26 7:30 to 11 a.m. – The 30th celebration includes a country breakfast, brief ceremony honoring veterans and changing of the flag at 10:30 a.m. Watch or ride in the parade at 11 a.m.  A BBQ, car show, raffle, pastry auction, tractor/wagon rides, and book signing by author Jane Kirkpatrick will follow.
Carol MacKenzie, 541-442-5079

May 26 10 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 followed by Taps.  Located off I-5, exit 283, 10 miles south of Portland. Follow the signs to Town Center Park.
Chuck Lusardi, 503-628-1847,

May 26 10 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 have nearly 300 burial flags.
Dan Evers, 503-981-1470