Festivals and celebrations take place all over the valley for Memorial Day.
Oregon Fallen Heroes Memorial: U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, Congressman Greg Walden and Rep. Dennis Richardson will speak at a Memorial Day celebration, held at 9 a.m. , at the Oregon Fallen War Heroes Memorial in Don Jones Park, Central Point. The hour-long ceremony will include patriotic songs by bagpipers Don and Becky Saraceno and a presentation by the Daughters of the American Revolution. Boy Scout Troop No. 109 will present colors, and “Taps” will be played. Crater High School student Nono Couvnette will sing the national anthem. Call 541-664-3321 or see www.centralpointoregon.gov for more information.
Veterans festival: The fourth annual Mill Creek Memorial Veterans Festival in Prospect gets underway at 8:30 a.m., with the 5- and 10-mile Cougar Fun Runs. Festivities include a parade at 10 a.m., bed races — three people pushing a themed bed on wheels with a fourth person on board — with prizes, a formal flag-retirement ceremony, and live music by “blackgrass” band Stereotyped. Craft and food booths, as well as children’s activities, will be available on the grounds of the Prospect Historic Hotel, 391 Mill Creek Drive. Proceeds from this event will go toward helping local veterans. See www.millcreekmemorial.com or call 541-531-8307 or 541-621-2374.
Ashland Observance: Members of the Southern Oregon Concert Band and the Valley of the Rogue New Horizons Band will kick off Ashland’s annual Memorial Day remembrance at 10:30 a.m., at Mountain View Cemetery, 440 Normal Ave. The service will begin at 11 a.m. with comments by commanders of the American Legion and Ashland Veterans of Foreign Affairs. Members of the Ashland High School Choir will sing the national anthem, and members of the Southern Oregon Sound chorus, the local chapter of Sweet Adelines International, will present a medley of service anthems. Chairs will be provided. The ceremony will conclude at noon. Call 541-261-5867.
Eagle Point National Cemetery>/b>: U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, Congressman Greg Walden and Rep. Dennis Richardson will speak at a Memorial Day ceremony, set for 11 a.m. , at the Eagle Point National Cemetery, 2763 Riley Road. The program will include patriotic music by the Southern Oregon Scottish Bagpipe Band, a rifle salute by the Army National Guard and an advancement of colors by the Marine Corps League. Two Stearman biplanes and helicopters will fly over. “Taps” will be played by Al Zeller, and Sheri Parker-Smith will sing the national anthem. Students from Scenic Middle School in Central Point will place small, U.S. flags on nearly 17,000 grave sites. Call 541-826-2511.
White City Parade: The 14th annual White City Memorial Day Parade will be held at 1:30 p.m., along Antelope and Division roads to Burns Park. The parade’s theme is “Honor and Remember,” and this year’s grand marshal will be a trolley carrying veterans from all branches of the military. Other parade participants include Boy Scouts, Young Marines, Ballet Folklorico, a Jackson County Sheriff posse, classic cars, equestrian groups and military vehicles, to name a few. Food, games, vendors and live music will be available from 1 to 4 p.m. at the park. Call 541-826-6010.