Memorial Day - a time to honor those who sacrificed their lives

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Memorial Day weekend may be wrapping up but today is the most important day of the holiday - a time to reflect and remember those who lost their lives serving our country.

Americans will visit memorials and monuments across the nation, bringing with them flags, flowers, mementos or just their own thoughts.

And President Barack Obama will be visiting Arlington National Cemetery today to leave a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns, a marble structure with the remains of unidentified U.S. military members who died during war.

Some of the local events in our area will include the annual ceremony at Willamette National Cemetery, guided tours at Lone Fir Cemetery (where more than 200 Civil War veterans are buried), a reading of the names at the Oregon Vietnam Veterans Living Memorial and a Memorial Day observance at the Vancouver Barracks. You can follow the links below for more event listings:

The Oregon Air National Guard is also scheduled to conduct Memorial Day flyovers at various locations throughout our area. The 142nd Fighter Wing based in Portland will be taking to the skies in their F-15 Eagle Fighter jets. Here's a look at their schedule:

  • 10:50 a.m. Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.
  • 10:51 a.m. Mountain View Cemetery in Oregon City.
  • 10:55 a.m. Winona Cemetery in Tualatin.
  • 10:55 a.m. Crescent Grove Cemetery in Tigard.
  • 10:56 a.m. Oregon Vietnam Veteran's Memorial in Portland.
  • 10:57 a.m. Beaverton Memorial Park in Beaverton.
  • 11:00 a.m. Forest View Cemetery in Forest Grove.
  • 11:02 a.m. Heritage Park in Scappoose.
  • 11:05 a.m. Longview Memorial Park in Longview, Wash.
  • 11:06 a.m. Whittle Hubbard Cemetery in Castle Rock, Wash.
  • 11:10 a.m. Hoffman Veteran Memorial Park in Woodland, Wash.
  • 11:11 a.m. Northwood Park Cemetery in Ridgefield, Wash.
  • 11:12 a.m. Evergreen Memorial Cemetery in Vancouver, Wash.
  • 11:12 a.m. Fairway Village in Vancouver, Wash.
  • 11:25 a.m. Sunset Heights Memorial Gardens in Tillamook.
  • 11:32 a.m. Depoe Bay Harbor in Depoe Bay.
  • 11:37 a.m. Dallas Cemetery in Dallas.
  • 11:38 a.m. Independence State Airport in Independence.
  • 1:00 p.m. Forest Grove Memorial Flag Pole Park in Forest Grove.
  • 1:20 p.m. Military Veterans Memorial Site in White Salmon, Wash.
  • 2:10 p.m. Benton County Veterans Memorial in Corvallis.
  • 2:25 p.m. Veterans Gateway Memorial Dedication in Hillsboro.
  • 3:01 p.m. Water Front Park in Portland.

All of the flyovers will be approximately 1,000 feet above ground level and the jets will be traveling at about 400 miles per hour airspeed. Keep in mind that flights may be canceled or their times may change once the program gets under way.

And of course, all city, county, state and federal offices, as well as schools and the post office, will be closed on Monday, May 28 in observance of the holiday.