Southern Oregon remembers its heroes

Southern Oregon remembers its heroes

MILL CREEK MEMORIAL VETERANS FESTIVAL: The annual festival, started in 2010 to "honor, aid and assist" local veterans, will be Saturday, May 26, in Prospect. Festivities will kick off at 7:30 a.m. with the 5- and 10-mile Cougar runs, followed by an old-fashioned parade, replete with fire engines, hot rods, a local canine unit and trolley for veterans, at 10 a.m. After the parade, four-person teams will compete in the comical bed races, the Air National Honor Guard will hold a flag-retirement ceremony and there will be a moment of silence for a local veteran who recently died. Children's activities, crafts, a horseshoe tournament and live music by Smokey and Friends and Stereotyped will be held throughout the day. Proceeds will benefit local veterans. Call 541-560-3664 or see www.millcreekmemorial.com.

OREGON FALLEN HEROES MEMORIAL: U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden and retired U.S. Navy Capt. Mike Oliver will speak at a Memorial Day commemoration at 9 a.m. Monday, May 28, at the Oregon Fallen War Heroes Memorial in Don Jones Park, Central Point. The hourlong ceremony will include a prelude of bagpipe music, an invocation, a flag ceremony and the national anthem and "God Bless America," sung by Sherry Parker. Call 541-664-3321 or see www.centralpointoregon.gov.

ASHLAND OBSERVANCE: Members of the Southern Oregon Concert Band and Valley of the Rogue New Horizons Band will kick off Ashland's annual Memorial Day remembrance at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 28, at Mountain View Cemetery, 440 Normal Ave., Ashland. The service will begin at 11 a.m. with comments by commanders of the American Legion and Ashland Veterans of Foreign Wars. This year's keynote speaker, Joe Brett, operations and client-relations director for Rogue Valley Community Television, will talk about his older brother, Capt. Robert A. Brett Jr., also known as "Lefty," who graduated at the top of his class from a U.S. Air Force flight school. Sadly, Brett never returned from his first combat mission in 1972 out of Thakli Air Force Base in Thailand. Ashland High School junior Braedon Bell will sing the national anthem. Chairs will be provided. The ceremony will conclude at noon. Call 541-261-5867.

EAGLE POINT NATIONAL CEMETERY: U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, 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 28, at Eagle Point National Cemetery, 2763 Riley Road. The program will include patriotic music by the Southern Oregon Scottish Bagpipe Band, a rifle salute, flag display and an advancement of colors by veteran-service organizations. "Taps" will be played by retired U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Al Zeller, and Brian Williams will sing the national anthem and "God Bless the USA." An Oregon Air National Guard F-15 jet will fly over the event, along with World War II biplanes and helicopters. Students from Scenic Middle School in Central Point will place small, U.S. flags on nearly 17,000 grave sites. Call 541-826-2511.

MEMORIAL DAY MEET AND GREET: Volunteers from Friends of Jacksonville's Historic Cemetery will be available to help visitors locate the grave sites of family and friends from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday and Monday, May 27-28, at the cemetery, located off Cemetery Road. See www.friendsjvillecemetery.org or call 541-826-9939.

WHITE CITY PARADE: The 13th annual White City Memorial Day Parade will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday, May 28, along Antelope and Division roads to Burns Park. The parade theme is "A Simple Thank You," and this year's grand marshal will be a trolley carrying veterans from all branches of the military. Other parade participants include a Jackson County Sheriff's posse, classic cars, Boy Scouts, equestrian groups and military vehicles, to name a few. Food, games, live music, pony rides and a dunk tank will be available from 1 to 4 p.m. at the park. Call 541-261-9978 or 541-826-6010.

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