Memorial Day events scheduled in Beaverton, Tigard, Tualatin
As in many other communities across Oregon and the United States, Memorial Day ceremonies are planned in Beaverton, Tigard and Tualatin for Monday, May 29.
The Memorial Day programs will honor fallen American military service members and veterans. They will also feature flyovers and keynote speakers, including U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, who is set to address people paying their respects at the Winona Cemetery in Tualatin.
The Beaverton ceremony will be held at Veterans Memorial Park. After an hour of patriotic music by the American Legion Post #185 band and a "missing man" flyover by the West Coast Ravens at 10:55 a.m., the program itself will start at 11 a.m. sharp.
Beaverton's program includes a proclamation by Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle, a ceremony to honor prisoners of war and missing in action by American Legion Post #124 Adjutant Fred Meyer, and speakers Lacey Beaty of the Beaverton City Council and Beaverton Post #124, Cmdr. Lou Neubecker of the American Legion Department of Oregon, and Chief Jim Monger of the Beaverton Police Department. There will also be another flyover performed by F-15 Eagles from the Air National Guard.
Beaverton Veterans Memorial Park is located in between Watson and Washington avenues south of 7th Street in the Central Beaverton neighborhood. Street parking is available nearby.
Tigard's program will be held at the Crescent Grove Cemetery, 9925 S.W. Greenburg Road. It begins at 11 a.m. as well.
Keynoting the Memorial Day ceremony in Tigard will be the city's new police chief, Kathy McAlpine. McAlpine was hired earlier this spring to lead the Tigard Police Department.
American Legion Post #158 puts on the annual Memorial Day ceremony in Tigard. The group is asking for volunteers to help load trailers to put up flags in downtown Tigard and at the Crescent Grove Cemetery at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 27. The post is located at 8635 S.W. Scoffins St. in downtown Tigard.
After Monday's program, there will be a potluck at Tigard Post #158 at about 12:30 p.m.
In Tualatin, the Memorial Day observance will begin with a missing man flyover at 10:45 a.m. above the Winona Cemetery, 9900 S.W. Tualatin Road.
The honored veteran at Tualatin's event will be Larry Larsen, a retired U.S. Navy officer who served in the Vietnam War. The keynote speaker will be Bonamici, northwestern Oregon's representative in the U.S. House of Representatives. State Sen. Richard Devlin of Tualatin, state Rep. Julie Parrish of West Linn and Tualatin Mayor Lou Ogden are also expected to speak.
Parking at the cemetery is limited, but street parking is available in the neighborhood. Seating is also limited, so attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or a blanket to sit on.
Tualatin's Memorial Day observance will be followed by a free picnic at Tualatin Community Park, 8515 S.W. Tualatin Road.