Community events honoring the victims of the Umpqua Community College shooting will be held this Saturday and Monday.
The college will hold a Day of Remembrance on Monday, to reflect on the events of Oct. 1, 2015, when nine people were shot and killed at the school.
A tribute to those who lost their lives and to the living survivors will be on display from sunrise to sunset near the flagpole on campus. The flag itself will be flown at half-staff after the request was approved by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown.
The memorial event begins at 10 a.m. and is a private event for staff, students, affected family members and the law enforcement community.
“People come out here and take pictures and just take a moment to reflect,” said Tiffany Coleman, the college’s spokeswoman.
The community is welcome to come, but the college administration is asking that visitors give people their privacy.
“We understand there will always be community interest in this event, but this time is for those directly impacted by the 10/1 events,” said UCC President Debra Thatcher in a written statement. “Out of respect for those who choose to participate, we are asking for people to give them the distance and respect they deserve.”
On Saturday, the Umpqua Strong 9K and 5K Run/Walk event will raise money for charities in honor of the victims of the shootings.
Runners and walkers will assemble Saturday morning at Stewart Park in Roseburg for this year’s event. So far, about 625 people have registered, but organizers said they expect more to follow suit.
Lynn McAllister, the secretary and treasurer of Umpqua Strong, said the committee is hoping for 750 participants. She said they are pleased with the continuing interest in supporting the event and noted more kids are registering this year than have in the past.
“We hope people come out and support this, so they can be a part of the hope, determination and unity and make others feel they’re not alone with whatever they might be experiencing or feeling,” McAllister said. “It’s going to be a good time for a good cause.”
For those who can’t register online, registration at the event will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning.
The 9K run starts at Stewart Park and follows the bike paths along the South Umpqua River and ends at Stewart Park. The event also features a 5K run/walk and the Kid’s Run.
Remote runners may also compete in the event by logging onto the website and registering.
The post-race concert, featuring Colton Dixon, starts at noon at the bandshell in Stewart Park. The concert is free, but donations will be accepted either online at www.umpquastrong.org or at the donation box at the event.
The Umpqua Strong Hazy Beer will be released Saturday night at O’Toole’s Pub, on the restaurant’s last night in business at the location on Jackson Street.
For race information call 541-972-3251.