Honor veterans who sacrificed all for freedom
- Beaverton Valley Times - Features
Memorial Day ceremonies invite public to remember veterans and their families
• BEAVERTON: Families are invited to attend Beaverton American Legion Post 124's annual Memorial Day program.
The community celebration returns Monday at 10 a.m. to Beaverton's Memorial Park, located between Southwest Seventh and Ninth streets along Watson Avenue. It begins with patriotic songs performed by the American Legion Post 185 Band under the direction of Clement Norton and the arrival of the Veteran Bikers on motorcycle.
The program begins at 11 a.m. with a fly over by the Oregon Air National Guard 142nd Fighter Squadron. It continues with a solemn Prisoners of War/Missing in Action remembrance ceremony by First Vice Commander Fred Meyer accompanied by Tim Birr on bagpipes. It also features a proclamation by the city, keynote address by Chris Marshall, director of the Weterans Benefits Administration Implementation Center, a three-musket salute by the Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard, and touching rendition of "Taps" by bugler Scott Woods.
Those who attend the event are encouraged to take time to walk around the park and view its many memorials honoring the service and sacrifices made by all veterans.
Members of the American Legion will be available to answer questions about the memorials and share the stories behind their creation.
• TIGARD: The Tigard American Legion will hold its annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Crescent Grove Cemetery on Monday.
The event starts at 11 a.m., with Tigard Mayor Craig Dirksen as key note speaker.
Tigard High School student Jessica Skinner will perform the national anthem. The Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue bag pipes will also perform.
A fighter jet flyby has been approved and could happen at the start of the ceremony.
After the ceremony, Tigard American Legion Post #158 will host a potluck.
Post No. 158 is located at 8635 S.W. Scoffins St., in Tigard.
• TUALATIN: Tualatin's annual Memorial Day ceremony begins at 11 a.m. Monday at Winona Cemetery on Tualatin Road, west of the Tualatin Country Club.
The opening prayer is being given by Al Egg, chaplain for the Portland Trail Blazers. Norb Murray, a helicopter pilot who flew 820 combat missions in Vietnam will serve as the primary speaker. Murray later was Helicopter One pilot for Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter while serving as liaison to the White House.
Other program highlights include the Tualatin Police Honor Guard and the pledge of allegiance led by state Sen. Richard Devlin, a former Tualatin city councilor and U. S. Marine. World War II submariner George Hegler concludes the ceremony with Taps on his bugle.
Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue's Tualatin station will remain after the program to allow guests to become familiar with its Squirt 34, a 37-foot-long fire truck with a sky boom. Visitors can also roam the grounds to view veterans' graves, which are marked by American Flags placed by Kathy Walsh and a cadre of local Scouts.
Event coordinator Dale Potts suggests guest bring portable chairs and rain gear.