Memorial Day events

Military jets will roar overhead while jet boats race on the Rogue River this Memorial Day weekend.

While the Oregon Air National Guard will provide a fighter jet flyover at the Eagle Point National Cemetery, jet boat pilots will be revving up their sleek watercraft to race along the Rogue River at the Boatnik celebration in Grants Pass.

There are also numerous other activities planned throughout the region during the three-day holiday, the traditional gateway to summer recreation.

Boatnik: Leading off the events will be the Boatnik, whose 2007 theme is "Let's Make a Difference."

First held in Grants Pass in 1959, the event, sponsored by the Grants Pass Active Club, includes a parade on Saturday leading from downtown to Riverside Park, where there will be a carnival and a variety of booths. The parade will begin at 10 a.m.

The jet boat races, from Grants Pass downstream to the Hell Gate Bridge, will be held Monday.

Money raised by the event will be used to help local children. For more Boaknik information, check out

National Cemetery: A traditional Memorial Day event will be held in Eagle Point beginning at 11 a.m. at the Eagle Point National Cemetery. A flyover will be provided by an F-15 Eagle fighter jet from Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls.

Speakers will include Max McIntosh, director of the Department of Veterans Affairs' Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics in White City; Kay Gott-Chaffey, an Air Force pilot during World War II; and Sgt. 1st Class Mark Dalton, a citizen soldier with the local National Guard.

Other events include a 21-gun salute, the national anthem and other songs sung by the St. Mary's High School choir and taps.

The cemetery is located one mile east of Eagle Point at 2763 Riley Road.

Rogue River observance: Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4116 will host a ceremony starting at 11 a.m. Monday at the Woodville Cemetery on Wards Creek Road in the town of Rogue River.

Marine Corps League: The Marine Corps League will host an all-veterans service starting at 11 a.m. Monday at Hillcrest Memorial Park, 945 N.E. Hillcrest Drive, Grants Pass. The event will include guest speakers, wreath laying and a parade of flags.

Memorial Day Parade: White City will hold its annual Memorial Day Parade starting at 1:30 p.m. at the White City Library. It will run past Burns Park and end on G Street. The theme this year is "Reflecting on Our Future," remembering those who gave their lives for this country. School awards will be presented at 8 a.m. at Burns Park, followed by a 1-mile fun walk/run at 8:20 a.m. A Country Fair is planned from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the park, featuring food and craft booths and live music.

Cemetery observance: Members of the Medford Cemetery Commission and the city's Parks and Recreation Department staff will be on hand at the historic Eastwood/IOOF cemetery from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to assist visitors in locating internment sites. The cemetery was founded in 1890.

Ashland observance: The American Legion Post 14 and Veterans of Foreign Wars will hold an observance at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Mountain View Cemetery in Ashland. Members of the New Horizons Band and Southern Oregon Concert Band, directed by Ivan Olinghouse, will perform.

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