Memorial Day events scheduled in county

Community members are welcome to attend any of the following Polk County events scheduled Monday in honor of Memorial Day:    INDEPENDENCE    A tribute to Oregon aviators will be Monday beginning at 10:50 a.m. at Independence State Airport, 4705 Airport Road.    The 21st annual Memorial Day tribute will honor military and civilian aviators who have made their final flight into the sunset during the past year. U.S. flags flown in honor of the aviators will be presented to their families during the tribute. A fly-over is scheduled for 10:50 a.m.    There will be aircraft displays and a community picnic for $5 per person. Additional parking will be offered at the Marquis Spa parking lot on Hoffman Road, with free shuttle service to the airport.    Events will continue until about 3 p.m.    For more information: 503-606-4898.    DALLAS    The 23rd annual Avenue of Flags Memorial Day service takes place Monday beginning at 11 a.m. at Dallas Cemetery, 2065 SW Fairview Ave.    The display features more than 600 flags in commemoration of those veterans who are laid to rest in Dallas Cemetery.    Guest speaker is Capt. Raymond Jones, commander of the Col. James Nesmith Readiness Center in Dallas.    The event is coordinated and hosted by Carl B. Fenton American Legion Post 20 and the Women’s Auxiliary, VFW Post 3203 and Dallas Cemetery.    For more information: Dennis Johnson, 503-623-3727.    GRAND RONDE    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, 9615 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 2,278.    For more information: 503-879-5211.


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