Memorial Day 2011

MILL CREEK MEMORIAL VETERANS FESTIVAL: The annual celebration to honor veterans will be Saturday, May 28, in Prospect. Festivities will begin at 7:30 a.m. with the Cougar Run, Walk or Bike Race (a 5- or 10-mile race), followed at 10 a.m. by an old-fashioned parade along Mill Creek Drive. Veterans from the Prospect area will ride a float — the All Aboard Trolley — and organizations such as Prospect Rural Fire District, Jackson County Mounted Posse and Air National Guard, along with a display of military vehicles will participate in the parade. After the parade, an Air National Guard honor guard will conduct a flag-retirement ceremony. Local teams will compete in bed races, and at the finish line County Commissioners C.W. Smith, Don Skundrick and John Racher will present a Bronze Star to J.P. Lindfors for his service in the Korean War. Live music by alternative bluegrass band Stereotyped, craft and food booths, children's activities and horseshoe and softball tournaments will be held throughout the day. Call 541-560-3664 or see

MEET AND GREET AT JACKSONVILLE CEMETERY: Volunteers from Friends of Jacksonville's Historic Cemetery will be available to help visitors locate grave sites of family and friends from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday and Monday, May 29-30, at the cemetery. To get there, take Cemetery Road off North Oregon Street. See or call 541-826-9939.

OREGON FALLEN HEROES MEMORIAL: A Memorial Day commemoration will be at 9 a.m. Monday, May 30, in Don Jones Memorial Park, 223 W. Vilas Road, Central Point. State Rep. Dennis Richardson of Central Point will speak, and there will be a Boy Scouts honor guard, bagpipers and a Blue Star Memorial dedication at the park's Oregon Fallen War Heroes Memorial. The star was placed by the Central Point and Medford garden clubs. See or call 541-664-3321.

OBSERVANCE: Ashland American Legion Commander Ted Sockman, Ashland Veterans of Foreign Wars Commander Mel Clements and Vaughn Davis Bornet will be the speakers at the Memorial Day observance at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 30, at Mountain View Cemetery, Ashland Street and Normal Avenue, Ashland. The Southern Oregon Concert Band, under the direction of Lisa Thomas, will perform the national anthem and other music. Boy Scouts Troop 112 will present the Pledge of Allegiance, and prayers will be offered by Ashland American Legion Chaplain Jerry Gomez. A concert band trumpet player will conclude the ceremony with "Taps." Call 541-482-9441.

EAGLE POINT NATIONAL CEMETERY: State Rep. Dennis Richardson, along with Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs Director Jim Willis, retired U.S. Marine Corps Col. Dave Dotterer and U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. Mark Dalton, will speak at the Memorial Day ceremony set for 11 a.m. Monday, May 30, at Eagle Point National Cemetery, 2763 Riley Road. An Oregon Air National Guard F-15 will fly over the event, along with World War II biplanes and helicopters. There will be a color guard, rifle salute, "Taps" serenade and Civil War re-enactment. Patriotic music will be performed by the Southern Oregon Scottish Bagpipe Band. About 120 American flags will be flown along with state flags on the "avenue of flags," and students from Scenic Middle School in Central Point will place small American flags on about 16,000 graves. Call 541-826-2511.

PARADE: The 12th annual White City Memorial Day Parade will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday, May 30, along Antelope and Division roads to Burns Park. The parade theme is "Our Heroes," and grand marshal is World War II veteran Robert Phariss. Local law enforcement, fire service, car clubs, equestrian groups, military vehicles, a trolley carrying veterans, Eagle Point High School football team and cheerleaders, Boy Scouts, dance troupe Ballet Folklorico and other public organizations will participate. Miss Rogue Valley will sing the national anthem at the park. Food, games, vendors and live music will be available from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the park. Call 541-826-6010.

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