Holiday events to pay tribute to U.S. soldiers.
Memorial Day honors all of those who have died while serving in the U. S. Armed Forces. The holiday originated in 1868, when Union General John A. Logan designated a day in which graves of Civil War soldiers would be decorated. Originally known as Decoration Day, the holiday was later changed to Memorial Day and became a federal holiday in 1977 observed on the last Monday in May.
The following events are taking place in the Eugene-Springfield area:
Mt. Calvary Cemetery: Catholic Mass, 9 a.m. at 300 Mary Lane off of Crest Drive.
Springfield Veterans Memorial: American Legion Post No. 40 in Springfield will hold its Memorial Day ceremony at 9 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial in Willamalane Park, across from McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center. The guest speaker will be Springfield Police Chief Jerry Smith. Attendees who wish to place a wreath should arrive early to add their name to the list.
Springfield Memorial Gardens Cemetery: Memorial Tribute Service at 10:15 a.m. at 7305 Main St. Springfield Mayor Sid Leiken and others will speak. The event will feature a Black Hawk helicopter flyover and parachutists. There will be a dedication of a Korean War Memorial and special recognition to Korean War veterans in attendance.
Lane Memorial Gardens Cemetery: Memorial Tribute Service at noon at 5300 W. 11th Avenue. Ceremony to honor veterans and flag display.
West Lawn Memorial Park: Memorial Tribute Service at 1:30 p.m. at 225 S. Danebo St. Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy and others will speak. Event features a Black Hawk helicopter flyover and parachutists. A dedication of a Korean War Memorial and special recognition of Korean War Veterans in attendance.
Eugene Pioneer Cemetery: Memorial Day dedication for a refurbished Civil War plot, complete with full period costumes, 11 a.m. today at East 18th Avenue and University Street.
Rest-Haven Memorial Park Funeral Home: will have a dedication ceremony to honor veterans 1 p.m. today at 3900 Willamette St. For information, call 345-8521.
Eugene Masonic Cemetery: Cemetery grounds and Hope Abbey Mausoleum will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today with self-guided tours available; Taps will be played at the Public Square noon Saturday and Sunday and 12:30 p.m. today. The cemetery is at East 25th Avenue and University Street.
The following events are happening in outlying areas:
Memorial Day Parade and memorial service to honor veterans: Leading the noon parade will be the U.S. Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Marching Band from 29 Palms California. The parade begins on Highway 101 at 22nd street in Reedsport and will travel north to the Sept. 11, 2001, memorial. Following the parade will be a memorial service, beginning with Green Beret Paratroopers from Fort Bragg, N.C., jumping into the memorial site with a 65 foot by 30 foot U.S. flag, fly-bys from an F-15 squadron and other Armed Forces participation. The Marine Corps Band will perform during the ceremony.