Events ranging from ceremonies honoring fallen military members to a celebration of a ghost town will be held over the Memorial Day Weekend in the Rogue Valley:
Fallen War Heroes Memorial: A Memorial Day Commemoration will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday, May 28, at the memorial in Don James Park, 223 West Vilas Road, Central Point. U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden and state Reps. Sal Esquivel and Duane Stark will speak. The event will include bagpipe music, coffee and light snacks provided by community volunteers. The War Heroes Memorial, dedicated in 2008, honors every Oregon service member killed in action since Oregon became a state.
Eagle Point National Cemetery: Flag displays, a bagpipe band, rifle salute and flyovers will be part of the Memorial Day ceremony from 11 a.m. to noon Monday, May 28, at the national cemetery, 2763 Riley Road, Eagle Point. The program will include all branches of the military, advancement of colors by veteran service organizations, rifle salute by the Oregon Army National Guard Honors Team and taps played by retired Army Staff Sgt. Al Zeller. Speakers include Wyden, Esquivel, Joe Brett and Army veteran Mark Dalton. Central Point Police Lt. Brian Day and Pastor Joshua Vandevender will also be presenters. On Friday, Scenic Middle School students will place U.S. flags on about 21,000 gravesites in the cemetery.
Jacksonville Historic Cemetery Memorial Day Meet and Greet: Volunteers will be on site from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, May 27, and Monday, May 28, to greet families and friends and assist them in locating grave sites at the Jacksonville Historic Cemetery, located at the top of Cemetery Road. Volunteers will also answer questions about the cemetery and the nonprofit, all-volunteer Friends of Jacksonville’s Historic Cemetery. Also look for a tour of the grave sites of a selection of veterans at 1 p.m. and again at 2 p.m. on both Sunday and Monday. See friendsjvillecemetery.org or call 541-826-9939.
Buncom Day: Buncom, Southern Oregon’s last standing ghost town, will come alive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 26, with the annual Buncom Day festivities.
Buncom Day will include some longtime favorites: the “chicken splat” contest, music, books and plants for sale, a country store, children’s activities and exhibits ranging from the Applegate Valley Fire District to information about raising tadpoles and making lace. For more information and directions, see story on Page B3.