Memorial Day Events

Avenue of Flags at Dallas Cemetery.

Photo by Jolene Guzman
Avenue of Flags at Dallas Cemetery.

Polk County will celebrate Memorial Day with a number of events Monday. Community members are welcome to attend any of the ceremonies scheduled in honor of Memorial Day.

Tribute to aviators at Indy airport


Local Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts help place American flags by veterans’ graves in Dallas Cemetery as part of last year’s Avenue of Flags ceremony in Dallas.

INDEPENDENCE — Independence State Airport is the site of the 22nd annual Memorial Day Aviator Tribute, honoring Oregon military and civilian aviators who have made their final flight in the past year.

United States flags flown in honor of the aviators will be presented to their families during the tribute, which begins shortly before 11 a.m. on Monday, Memorial Day.

The event honors those who have gone before, enjoy aircraft displays and contribute to the camaraderie of the community at a picnic lunch.

The day starts with a tribute fly-over at 10:50 a.m. Rep. Paul Evans (D) (District 20) will present the Memorial Day welcome. Former U.S. Army Aviator Col. Paul Disney, professor of business management at Western Oregon University, will present the tribute to aviators.

Rep. Kurt Schrader (D Fifth District) has provided families of the deceased aviators with U.S. flags that have been flown over the U.S. Capitol.

Following the ceremony, the Polk County Chapter of Oregon Pilots Association and the Boy Scouts will provide a $5 per person picnic lunch hosted in a local hanger, beginning at 11:45 a.m.

Parking is limited at the airport. The Marquis Spa parking lot on Hoffman Road will be available for free parking, and a free shuttle to the airport will be provided by First Baptist Church.


Avenue of Flags, one the local events marking Memorial Day, will line the road through the Dallas Cemetery with flags, each honoring a veteran.

American Legion, VFW Women’s Auxiliary to host Avenue ofFlags

DALLAS — The 24th annual Avenue of Flags Ceremony will take place at Dallas Cemetery, 2065 SW Fairview Ave. at 11 a.m. Monday. The hour-long program will include guest speaker Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Frank Flux, a performance by the Dallas High School Choir and attendance by members of Boy Scout Troop 288.

The namesake display will feature about 700 flags commemorating local deceased veterans.

Avenue of Flags 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, Avenue of Flags coordinator, 503-623-3727.

Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde to recognize veterans


Part of preparing for the annual Avenue of Flags has local Boy Scout troops searching for the graves of veterans and placing a flag by the headstone.

GRAND RONDE — The 13th 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.

Yamhill County Veterans’ Services Administrator Jerry Wilson and Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs Director Cameron Smith will be the featured speakers at this year’s ceremony.

The West Valley Veterans Memorial was created by Tribal Elder, Vietnam veteran and Veterans Special Event Board Chairman 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 communities of Sheridan, Willamina and Grand Ronde 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.

This year, 31 new names will be added — including two World War I veterans — and those veterans will be honored on Memorial Day. The 2015 additions will bring the total number of names to 2,314.

For more information: 503-879-5211.

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