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Memorial Day events honor fallen.

Byline: The Register-Guard

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 Logan designated a day to decorate graves of Civil War soldiers. 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, as well as an observance in Reedsport:

Mt. Calvary Cemetery: Catholic Mass, 9 a.m. Monday 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. Monday 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 during the ceremony should arrive early to add their name to the list.

Springfield Memorial Gardens Cemetery: Memorial Tribute Service at 10:15 a.m. Monday at 7305 Main St. Springfield Mayor Sid Leiken and others will speak. The event will feature a Black Hawk helicopter fly over 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 Monday at 5300 W. 11th Avenue. Ceremony to honor veterans and flag display.

West Lawn Memorial Park: Memorial Tribute Service at 1:30 p.m. Monday at 225 S. Danebo St. Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy and others will speak. Event features a Black Hawk helicopter fly over 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. Monday at East 18th Avenue and University Street.

Rest-Haven Memorial Park Funeral Home: will have a dedication ceremony to honor veterans 1 p.m. Monday at 3900 Willamette St. For information, call 345-8521.

Eugene Masonic Cemetery: The cemetery grounds and Hope Abbey Mausoleum will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Monday with self-guided tours available; Taps will be played at the Public Square 12:30 p.m. Monday. Today at 1 p.m., Ivan Smith of the Eugene Masonic Lodge will speak about Masonic history at the mausoleum, with a ribbon cutting dedicating new steps and wheelchair ramp following. The cemetery is at East 25th Avenue and University Street.

Parade and memorial service in Reedsport: 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 American Flag, fly-bys from an F-15 squadron and other Armed Forces participation. The Marine Corps Band will perform during the ceremony. The Marine Corps Marching Band will be performing a free concert at the Reedsport High School Pacific Auditorium 7 p.m. today. Tickets required and will be available at the Reedsport/Winchester Bay Chamber of Commerce, Bank of America and Umpqua Bank.
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Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:May 27, 2007
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