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.


Dallas American Legion Post No. 20 and American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 20 hosts the “Avenue of Flags” ceremony at Dallas Cemetery, 2065 Fairview Ave., at 11 a.m. on Monday. About 700 flags will line the corridors of the cemetery in honor of those who served.

The guest speaker for the event is House District 20 Rep. Paul Evans. Dallas Mayor Brian Dalton will provide a welcome speech and American Legion Post No. 20 Dave Christian will read the list of the fallen added this year.

Dennis Johnson, the event coordinator, said it’s tentative and weather-dependent, but a fly-over is scheduled to take place during the Avenue of Flag ceremony.

Boy Scout Troop 228 will raise the flag, and the Dallas High School choir will perform “America the Beautiful.” American Legion Auxiliary Unit chaplain will give the invocation and American Legion Post chaplain will offer the benediction.

“It’s going to be about an hour-long program,” Johnson said.

More volunteers are needed to help post the flags at the cemetery on Thursday, starting at 9:30 a.m.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Johnson at 503-623-3727 or email: drdblj@q.com.


The 23rd annual Memorial Day Aviator Memorial Tribute will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday at the Independence State Airport, 4905 Airport Road, Independence.

The tribute honors aviators who have taken their last flight.

­­­The event begins with a fly-over. House District 20 Rep. Paul Evans will provide a quick welcome.

Boy Scout Troop 38 will lower the flags to half-staff and later will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Steven Springer will sing the national anthem.

Invocation will be by Rev. Michael Parks from First Baptist Church. Matthew Mass, state airports manager, will speak.

Kathleen Disney, assistant director of vocational services for Goodwill and a former naval aviator, will provide the tribute to pilots.

The Civil Air Patrol Cadets will place the Pilot Memorial Wreath, provided by Oregon Pines Chapter 99’s.

Congressman Kurt Shrader, Deputy Cmdr. Paul Gilman and Civil Air Patrol Cadets will present flags to survivors.

Robert “Scooter” Reid IV will present Taps.

The event will close with a Missing Man Formation fly-over performed by Dennis Krummel, flight leader, Scott Savage, Denny Jackson and Gary Brown.

A picnic lunch offered by the Boy Scouts of America will follow from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a suggested donation of $5. Ice cream sandwiches will be available from Oregon Pines Chapter 99’s.

From 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m., aircraft will be on display.

Parking is at the Marquis Spa parking lot. Shuttle service is provided.


The 14th 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.

Purple Heart recipient U.S. Army Sgt. Joel Dulashanti will be the keynote speaker at this year’s ceremony.

The West Valley Veterans Memorial 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 each year.

This year, 11 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 2,325.

For more information: 971-241-3313.


Western Oregon University Veteran Success Center and WOU Students Veterans of America will host a Memorial Day Banquet at 5 p.m. on Tuesday at Werner University Center, 345 Monmouth Ave. N., Monmouth.

The groups are hosting a formal dinner to recognize the sacrifice of those who served.

The three-course dinner will serve chicken bruschetta, a potato side, salad and bread, and a dessert. Vegetarian options are available by request.

Each ticket comes with two drink tickets for either wine from Redgate Vineyard or Ankeny Vineyard, or an American Amber Ale from Rogue Ales & Spirits beer. Water and lemonade also will be served.

Rep. Paul Evans is the guest speaker for the evening. There will be a ceremony for both the colors and a remembrance of the fallen. Western Oregon University jazz band students will perform. Taps will play to conclude the ceremony. Tickets will be $5 and can be purchased in the Veteran Success Center on campus.

RSVPs are required. Contact Andrew Holbert @ Holberta@wou.edu or 502-838-9246.

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