Local Memorial Day events on tap

Community members are welcome to attend any of the following Polk County events scheduled Monday in honor of Memorial Day:

Community members are welcome to attend any of the following Polk County events scheduled Monday in honor of Memorial Day:


AMVETS Post No. 1776 is conducting a Memorial Day service Monday at 9 a.m. at Riverview Park and Amphitheater along Main Street in downtown Independence. Guest speaker will be Maj. Paul Evans. For more information: Doug Birge, 503-838-5349.


Independence State Airport is the site of the 20th annual Memorial Day Pilot Tribute honoring Oregon military and civilian aviators Monday from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

United States flags flown in honor of the aviators will be presented to their families during the tribute ceremony that starts just before 11 a.m. Attendees are asked to be seated by 10:30 am. The Memorial Day ceremony begins with an aircraft flyover of the Independence State Airport, scheduled for 10:50 a.m. An invocation, a tribute to pilots and a welcome will then be followed by a presentation of a memorial wreath. To finish the ceremony will be a medley of music to recognize military veterans, the playing of Taps, and the traditional Missing Man Formation flown by Independence air park pilots.

The Polk County Chapter of Oregon Pilots Association will provide a $5 per person picnic lunch, hosted in the Nutsch Aviation hangar, starting at 11:30 a.m.

For more information: Danny Jaffer via email to jafferdm@gmail.com.


The annual Avenue of Flags Memorial Day program takes place Monday beginning at 11 a.m. at Dallas Cemetery, 2065 SW Fairview Ave. The display features more than 500 burial flags. Al Ratzlaff, District 2 Commander of the American Legion, will serve as master of ceremonies. Guest speaker is retired Army Col. Gerald Tipton of American Legion Post 20. The Dallas High School choir will sing and students will play "Echo Taps." For more information: Dennis Johnson, 503-623-3727.


The annual Grand Ronde Memorial Day observance will start Monday at 1 p.m. at the West Valley Veterans Memorial on the Grand Ronde Tribal Campus, off Grand Ronde Road between highways 18 and 22, west of Spirit Mountain Casino.

The West Valley Veterans Memorial was created by Tribal Elder, Vietnam veteran and current Tribal Council member Steve Bobb Sr. It features four black columns representing the major branches of the Armed Forces: Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines.

The names of tribal and nontribal residents from the West Valley area who have served in the military are etched into the columns as a reminder of the sacrifice all who serve in the military make for their country.

Twelve new names will be added this year and those veterans will be honored on Memorial Day. This will bring the total number of names to 2,266.

For more information: Siobhan Taylor, 503-879-1920; email to Siobhan.taylor@grandronde.org.


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