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In-person events are back this Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day 2012 [Mail Tribune \ file photo]

The gates will open on Memorial Day at all VA cemeteries for the first time in two years.

The Eagle Point National Cemetery plans a memorial event at 11 a.m. Monday.

At the cemetery where most of the Rogue Valley’s military veterans are laid to rest, the “in remembrance” event brings together guest speakers, music, a rifle salute and a biplane flyover to memorialize those who served. Those scheduled to speak include U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, U.S. Rep. Cliff Bentz, and David Holz, director of the VA’s Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics.

In Grant Pass, the annual Boatnik festival will be held for its 60th year. There is no admission fee, but events requiring tickets include the Davis Shows Carnival and the Boatnik Brewfest. The weekendlong event features sprint and drag boat racing, carnival rides, a parade and two nights of fireworks, along with various booths, vendors and the Chevy Drive it Home Golf Shoot Out.

Monday proper will include a jet flyover. See boatnik.com for more information.

Rogue World Music, an Ashland-based nonprofit, will hold its annual World Music Festival over the weekend. This year the festival is back to being an in-person event featuring local artists in Lithia Park, a storytelling event and a percussion workshop with Ghanaian artist Okaidja Afroso. See rogueworldmusic.org/awmf

Sports fans can choose from two weekend events. The Memorial Day tournament for youth baseball spans the weekend and features the Panthers, Grizzlies and Black Tornado playing other regional teams. See https://sportsmedford.com/content/25979/Jamba-Memorial-Day-Tournament for more information.

At the Rogue Memorial Challenge soccer tournament, the Rogue Valley Timbers and other West Coast teams will compete throughout the weekend. See https://system.gotsport.com/org_event/events/13185/fields for more information.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Morgan Rothborne at mrothborne@rosebudmedia.com or 541-776-4487. Follow her on Twitter @MRothborne