Holiday observances span valley

It's Memorial Day. Schools, post offices, libraries and some businesses are closed today, and Memorial Day ceremonies span the valley. Here's a look at what's available:

— In Medford, Eastwood Cemetery (off Siskiyou Boulevard across from Bear Creek Park) plans an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Medford City Council member Ben Truwe will lead free tours to graves, and others will be available to answer questions. See story

— Also in Medford, WinterSpring, a grief center, plans an afternoon of music and remembrance at 2 p.m. at the organization's memorial grove at Donahue-Frohnmayer Park at the corner of Spring Street and Springbrook Road. Participants may bring photographs or other mementos for display, and a cello and vocal duo, Santosha, will provide music. Details: or 552-0620.

— In Central Point, U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Oregon) will be on hand for the 1 p.m. ground-breaking for the Fallen War Heroes Memorial at a Hamrick Road site adjacent to the Central Point Cemetery. The memorial will be included in the seven-acre Don Jones Memorial Park, on which construction is expected to begin soon. In addition to Smith, organizers hope to have Bob Maxwell, a Medal of Honor recipient, speak during the ceremony. The hourlong event will conclude with free ice cream for those attending.

— In Ashland, the Welcome Home Project plans a gathering to formally welcome home veterans at 6 p.m. at the Angus Bowmer Theater, 15 S. Pioneer St. The program of stories, poetry and song will be created by veterans attending a recent Ashland-area retreat. Tickets are a suggested donation of $15, but free to veterans (who need tickets to attend). Tickets are available at Paddington Station, 125 E. Main St., Ashland, the Medford Grocery Outlet, 35 Stewart Ave., and at the door. Details:

— Ashland American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars posts also plan a Memorial Day observance at 10:30 a.m. at Mountain View Cemetery, Ashland Street and Normal Avenue. Members of the Valley of the Rogue New Horizon Band and the Southern Oregon Concert Band, directed by Ivan Olinghouse, will present a tribute performance.

— In Eagle Point, U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Oregon) will be on hand as veterans lay wreaths at gravesites at the Eagle Point National Cemetery, 2763 Riley Road, in an 11 a.m. ceremony. A 21-gun salute will be fired, and an Air National Guard flyover has been requested. A parade is set to begin at 1:15 p.m. at Antelope and Division roads in White City. A Harley-Davidson motorcycle show, along with vendors, concessions, children's activities and a lineup of live music will begin at 11 a.m. in Burns Park on Division Road, and state Sen. Alan Bates (D-Ashland) will speak at 2:30 p.m. at the park. Details: 864-8731.

— In Grants Pass, the Marine Corps League will host an all-veterans service including a parade of flags and the laying of wreaths at 11 a.m. at Hillcrest Memorial Park, 945 N.E. Hillcrest Drive.

— In Rogue River, VFW Post 4116 will host a ceremony at 11 a.m. at the Woodville Cemetery on Ward Road. The post's rifle team will fire a 21-gun salute.

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