By Tena Olson
For many of us, Memorial Day is an eagerly anticipated three-day weekend in May. For our nation’s history and collective memory it is much, much more. And quite rightly so. Originally called Decoration Day, Memorial Day is a national Day of remembrance in honor of those who have died to preserve our Freedoms.
We owe a great debt to our veterans of all Eras, but one of the biggest things we owe them is to keep the events set up to memorialize those from our area who have paid the ultimate price on behalf of our country. I would like to urge you to attend a Memorial Day event in your area. Whether it’s a speech at a cemetery or a parade, it has meaning. We have no direction to our lives without those who went before us. Let’s remember them and keep them in our hearts! Below are listed Events in Clackamas County.
Canby -American Legion Post 122 will host the event at 11 a.m. at Zion Memorial Park Cemetery and Mausoleum, 2010 S.E. Township Road in Canby. Highlights include guest speakers, a rifle salute, and the reading of the names of Oregon veterans who passed away in the past year. A barbecue chicken lunch will follow at the Post at 424 N.W. First Ave. Cost is $7.50 for lunch. Information: Debra Weiss, 503-975-9537
Oregon City – The celebration will be held at 10 a.m. at Mountain View Cemetery, 500 Hilda St. in Oregon City. Highlights include music by the Gardiner Middle School Band, floral tributes, guided historic cemetery tours, military vehicles, bagpipers, children’s activities, and guest speaker Iraq War veteran Ken Kraft, Captain (RET) US Army, and Commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1324.
This will be the 44th year that bugler Randy Leisure will perform Taps for the ceremony. Visitors will be treated to free refreshments and a barbecue. Coffee and doughnuts will be available with a charitable donation. Information: www.orcity.org/cemetery or 503-657-8299
Wilsonville – The Oregon Trail Chapter, Korean War Veterans Association, will host the event at 11 a.m. at the Oregon Korean War Memorial in Town Center Park, 29600 S.W. Park Place in Wilsonville. Highlights include a reading of names and the playing of Taps. Information: www.kwva.org or Chris Lusardi, 503-628-1847 or email@example.com
Boring – Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4273 will host the event at noon at the Sandy Ridge Cemetery on Highway 211, next to Sandy Farms in Boring. Highlights include a program by Post Commander Merle Stewart, the reading of veterans’ names and the playing of Taps. A potluck will follow at 1 p.m. at the Post at 38452 Proctor Blvd. in Sandy. Information: 503-668-5211 or Merle Stewart, 503-705-0794