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Cemetery presents salute to Memorial Day

The program is set up to honor vets, welcome families
by: sUBMitted photo, Don Wright, center in Civil War uniform, leads a guided tour at last year's Memorial Day celebration at Mountain View Cemetery.

Friends and employees of Oregon City's Mountain View Cemetery have put together a family-friendly Memorial Day program beginning at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 28.

'From our speakers to our activities we have something for all ages. If nothing else the words 'free food' usually speak to everyone,' noted Sara M. Dominguez, office specialist with the parks and recreation department in Oregon City.

The event will also provide 'a good chance to teach children about the tradition of Memorial Day and what it means to this country. Also, the fact that it is held at a cemetery is a wonderful opportunity to show children a cemetery in a different light. If children are exposed at an early age they will grow to respect cemeteries and learn that cemeteries can be a place for happy times too, and not just death and sadness,' she said.

Last year's event had over 400 attendees, and organizers hope that at least that many and more will attend this year.

An honored guest at the event will be retired U.S. Army Capt. Ken Kraft, an Iraq veteran, who will speak about his tour.

Oregon City Mayor Doug Neeley will be the master of ceremony at the event, and the Oregon City High School JROTC will present the colors; Anna-Marie Wood will sing the national anthem.

The Gardiner Middle School Band, directed by Cheri Rizzo, will present a musical program entitled 'The Legacy of Heroes.'

Music, children's activities, historic tours and food are included in the program at Mountain View Cemetery, 500 Hilda St. For more information call 503-657-8299, or visit the website at orcity.org.