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Flags go full-mast in Forest Grove for Memorial Day


News-Times Photos: Tacey SmithMore 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 School’s 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 O’Connor 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.

News-Times Photos: Tacey Smith

by: NEWS-TIMES PHOTOS: TACEY SMITH - Cub Scout Pack #227 and Boy Scout Troop #213 march in to the Memorial Day ceremony at Forest View Cemetery Monday morning.

News-Times Photos: Tacey Smith

News-Times Photos: Tacey Smith

News-Times Photos: Tacey Smith

News-Times Photos: Tacey Smith

News-Times Photos: Tacey Smith

News-Times Photos: Tacey Smith

News-Times Photos: Tacey Smith

News-Times Photos: Tacey Smith

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