The roar of F-15 Eagle Fighter jets will be absent from this year’s Memorial Day observances due to the federal budget sequestration, but veterans groups will soldier on with ceremonies in Douglas County.
Flyovers by Oregon Air National Guard pilots based in Klamath Falls and Portland have been a feature of Memorial Day ceremonies throughout Oregon. The flights are grounded this year because of automatic budget cuts.
Memorial Day services will be held in Roseburg, Glide and Canyonville. Weekend events also are planned by veterans groups in Sutherlin and Tri City. A service will be held in Winston on Thursday, the original date to observe Memorial Day.
Here is a roundup of events:
A tribute will be held from 11 a.m. to noon Monday at the Roseburg National Cemetery Annex, near the south entrance of the Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center campus.
This will be the first year the ceremony will be held at the annex, which opened in February.
The ceremony to honor fallen soldiers will include guest speaker Joan Mooney, a VA assistant secretary for legislative affairs.
The American Women Veterans Association will present and retire the colors. The group also will present a wreath and hand out programs.
Organizers said seating is limited and suggest people bring their own chairs.
The names of 21 veterans will be revealed on the Glide Veterans Memorial at the annual ceremony from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Monday at the Glide Community Center, 20062 N. Umpqua Highway.
The featured speaker will be Jim Little, former president of the Douglas County Veterans Forum and a Vietnam War veteran.
The ceremony also will include a wreath laying, poetry, taps and refreshments.
The Canyonville Veterans of Foreign Wars will host a ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday in front of City Hall, 250 N. Main St.
The featured speakers will be Cow Creek tribal elder Sue Shaffer, World War II pilot and former state legislator Bill Markham and Douglas County Commissioner Susan Morgan.
The ceremony will include live patriotic music.
The Winston VFW will hold a remembrance at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Winston Community Park, 500 Thompson Ave.
The post’s service officer, Rob Shepard, said the group observes Memorial Day on May 30 so it doesn’t conflict with the VA ceremony in Roseburg and to keep people aware of the original date.
“I have nothing against the other Memorial Day, I just happen to be a traditionalist,” he said.
The Army’s commanding general declared in 1868 that Memorial Day was to be observed on May 30. In 1968, Congress moved the holiday to the last Monday in May.
The Winston ceremony will include a firing of three volleys, taps, remarks by former county commissioner Mike Winters and a singing of “God Bless America” by VFW Auxiliary President Valerie West.
The Sutherlin VFW Post 3970 will place flags on veterans graves at the Fair Oaks and Wilbur cemeteries at 9 a.m. Saturday. Scouts will help place the flags.
The post will participate in the Roseburg ceremony Monday as well.
American Legion Auxiliary 152 compiled a Wall of Honor that displays photos of veterans, both living and deceased, in the St. Vincent de Paul window in the 100 block of Central Avenue.
American Legion Post 123 will hold its second annual Memorial Day breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. Monday at the Veterans Memorial Building, 252 S. Old Pacific Highway, Tri City. Veterans eat free. The breakfast will include a raffle. Donations will be welcomed.
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