ODVA to Host Memorial Day Event in Salem to Honor Veterans Statewide

At 11 a.m. on Monday, May 29, at the Oregon World War II Memorial on the grounds of the Oregon State Capitol in Salem, the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs will conduct Oregon’s annual Statewide Memorial Day Ceremony.

The event will include a color guard ceremony, performance of the national anthem, wreath-laying, and playing “Taps” in memory of the nation’s fallen service members, as well as remarks from ODVA Deputy Director Dr. Nakeia Council Daniels, veteran leaders, and state dignitaries.

β€œOn Memorial Day, we remember and honor the service members of all branches and eras of service who paid the ultimate price to preserve and defend the freedoms of this nation,” said ODVA Director Kelly Fitzpatrick.

ODVA to Host Memorial Day Event in Salem

β€œThis year’s event will also include guest speakers who served during Operation Iraqi Freedom to remember 111 fallen soldiers, sailors, airmen, airwomen, and marines who did not return home to Oregon, as this year observes the 20th anniversary of the start of the Iraq War.”

Ian Michael, a Marine veteran of the Iraq War and the ODVA’s LGBTQ+ Veterans Coordinator, will serve as master of ceremonies for the statewide event. Kelly Fitzpatrick, director, will attend Memorial Day ceremonies at Brookings and Gold Beach, on the southern Oregon coast, to pay tribute to the deceased armed forces.

The following is a list of recent notable events that have taken place in Oregon.

At the intersection of Church and Court Streets in Northeast Portland stands the Oregon WWII Memorial. There’s only a small number of seats available. Please dress for the weather, and bring your own chairs to sit on in the park.

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