PORTLAND – Memorial Day is traditionally a time to honor fallen heroes, and communities around the metro area planned to celebrate those who gave their lives in service of the country Monday. For a full list of Memorial Day weekend events, click here.
Willamette National Cemetery -- The annual Willamette National Cemetery Memorial Day services honoring fallen soldiers will begin at 10 a.m. at 11800 SE Mt. Scott Blvd. in Portland. A moment of silence will be held at 3 p.m.
Washington County’s Memorial Day Ceremony – This year’s Washington County ceremony will dedicate a paving stone to fallen Beaverton serviceman Spc. John Pelham, who was killed in action in Afghanistan this February.
The service will begin at 1 p.m. at the Veteran’s Memorial Gateway at the Washington County Fair Complex. Speakers include Hillsboro Mayor Jerry Willey, keynote speaker Brigadier General John S. Kem, among others.
Dedication of Interstate 84 as Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway -- On Monday, I-84 from the Oregon-Idaho border to Portland will be dedicated to Vietnam veterans. Fifteen signs will be placed along the highway, honoring the servicemen.
The highway will be dedicated at 1:30 p.m. at the Oregon Veterans Home in The Dalles. The public, along with Vietnam veterans, families, and friends are welcome at the dedication.
Vancouver Memorial Day Ceremony -- The Community Military Appreciation Committee's Vancouver ceremony will feature speakers including keynoter Col. Richard Wedan, Commander for the 142nd Fighter Wing in Portland, and Rep. Jamie Herrera-Beutler, among others.
The event begins at 11 a.m. at the Vancouver Barracks on the Fort Vancouver Historic Site.
Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs ceremony -- The public ceremony at ODVA will honor two fallen Oregon U.S. Army soldiers, Specialist John A. Pelham of Beaverton and Private First Class Cody J. Patterson from Philomath. Both men died serving in Afghanistan.
During the ceremony, the soldiers' names will be added to the Afghan-Iraqi Freedom Memorial and the names of all fallen servicemen on the memorial will be read aloud.
Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley will deliver the keynote address. The event begins at 3 p.m. at 700 Summer St. N.E. in Salem.