Monday saw the first Memorial Day Commemorative Ceremony at Mountain View Cemetery since the pandemic forced the City to put the events on hiatus. More than 300 people came out to honor those who have fallen in service of the country, a turnout that made Oregon City Parks and Recreation staff who organized the event proud of their community.
“It was very encouraging to see so many of our residents come out to pay their respects and honor the service members who lost their lives serving our country,” said Oregon City Parks and Recreation Director Kendall Reid. “So many things have changed since the pandemic, I’m glad this isn’t one of them,” he said.
The event featured wreath laying ceremonies, a 21-gun salute, a fly-over of two F-15 Eagles from the 142nd Wing based out of PDX, speakers and other military honors.
The event took place at the recently renovated Veterans Memorial Plaza at Mountain View Cemetery, a project that was supported by numerous businesses and organizations in the community. Veterans Memorial Plaza is more than 100 years old, the improvements were implemented to meet and exceed ADA standards. This was to ensure it could remain a venue for the community to hold ceremonies such as the Memorial Day Commemoration.
“This project wouldn’t have been possible without the donations of materials, labor and grants from local businesses and service organizations. This project is truly a community effort,” Reid said.
Material and labor were provided by Mutual Materials, Horizon Distributors, The Wall, Pacific Landscape Services Inc. and Bud’s Crane Service. Specific elements, like flagpoles and an armed forces podium were donated by Three Rivers VFW Post 1324, Oregon City Woman’s Club and Oregon City Optimists. Grants were awarded by Oregon State Parks and Metro.
Among other improvements, the work enhanced ADA accessibility, new stairs and handrails to improve access and safety, new information signage and the installation of podiums to recognize each branch of the armed forces.