Sunshine brightens events to remember the fallen
Flags go full-mast in Forest Grove for Memorial Day
More than 100 people gathered Monday at Forest View Cemetery to commemorate American soldiers service to their country. Master of Ceremonies James Craigg opened the event by asking the crowd to rise for the honorary Parade of Colors. The ceremony continued with prayers, a speech by Oregon National Guard Lieutenant Colonel Maurice Marshall and a performance by Neil Armstrong Middle Schools choir. Before a final benediction, Bugler Andrew Helton played Taps, which was followed by a rifle salute and the raising of the flag from half to full mast.
A short while later, local residents attended another flag-raising ceremony at the giant flagpole just west of Maple Street on Pacific Avenue. It was organized by Forest Grove Fire & Rescue Division Chief Ian OConnor and funded by the Forest Grove Firefighters Association, which includes Cornelius firefighters as well.
The 30- by 60-foot flag lasts only a year or two, depending on weather, and costs $1,400 to replace. It flies from Memorial Day to October, when it is replaced by a smaller flag. For more photos, go to fgnewstimes.com.
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