Memorial Day events set

Southern Oregon residents will have ample opportunity to honor veterans and celebrate a long weekend during Memorial Day events that start Saturday.

Here's a list of what's planned so far:

€¢ 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, May 29: A parade, bed races, craft booths, activities for kids, a 10-mile walk, run and ride and free live music are planned in Prospect. The events are a fundraiser for an emergency aid fund for veterans, say organizers. Details: Sarah or Jamie Gordon at the Prospect Cafe and Trophy Room, 541-531-8307 or 541-560-4055.

€¢ 2 p.m. Sunday, May 30: "Seasons of the Heart," an annual ceremony of music and remembrance for people who have died, is planned at the WinterSpring Memorial Grove at Donahue-Frohnmayer Park at the corner of Spring Street and Springbrook Road in Medford. People can bring pictures or other items of remembrance for a memorial display. The event will include bagpipe music, readings, poetry and a short performance by the WinterSpring Theatre Troupe.

€¢ 9 a.m. Monday, May 31: An hourlong event is set at the Oregon Fallen War Heroes Memorial at Don Jones Park, Hamrick Road, Central Point. It will include patriotic music provided by the Scenic Middle School Band and a Crater High School choir duet, a special flag ceremony by the Boy Scouts of America and speeches by U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden and U. S. Rep. Greg Walden.

€¢ 10 a.m. Monday, May 31: Events are planned at Memory Gardens Memorial Park, 1395 Arnold Lane, Medford. Event includes 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. guided tour of "The Last Supper Building," bagpipe music by Angus Richardson's Brother band at 11 a.m., a moment of silence at 3 p.m. in honor of military service personnel, followed by military honors including flag presentation, playing of taps, folding and presentation of the flag. Additional music will follow.

€¢ 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 31: An event at Mountain View Cemetery, 440 Normal Ave., Ashland, will begin with band selections by Volunteers of the Valley of the Rogue Horizon and Southern Oregon Concert Bands under the direction of Ivan Olinghouse. A memorial service begins at 11 a.m. with comments from the commanders of the American Legion and VFW. The keynote speaker is Lt. Col. Keith W. Ensley, ROTC program director at Southern Oregon University.

€¢ 11 a.m. — Congressman Greg Walden and State Rep. Dennis Richardson will speak at a ceremony at Eagle Point National Cemetery, 2763 Riley Road. A flyover has been requested, and music will be provided by the Southern Oregon Scottish Bagpipe Band.

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