Find A Commemoration Near You To Honor Sacrifice, Build Community

Making time on Memorial Day to attend one of the many beautiful commemorations held around Oregon is an important way to respect the sacrifices of others, deepen community ties and make this federal holiday more personally meaningful. This site is dedicated to helping you discover a ceremony near you. Use the MENU above to find nearby locations, photos, directions and start times.

MEMORIAL DAY IN BRIEF

Annual Date:
Last Monday of May

Former Name:
Decoration Day

First Celebrated Nationally:
May 30, 1868 (Arlington National Cemetery, VA)

Codified into Federal Law:
1950 (requirement of annual Presidential Proclamation); 1968 (designation as federal holiday); 2000 (National Moment of Silence)

Commemorates:
The more than one million men and women of the United States military–including nearly 6,000 Oregonianswho gave their lives in service of their country from the Civil War to the present.

Key Civic Events Marking Today’s Observance:

  • Volunteers, relatives and friends place U.S. flags and flowers on graves of American military veterans.
  • Fly U.S. flags at half staff from dawn until noon per Presidential proclamation as required by federal law (36 U.S. Code 116).
  • Citizens attend parades and/or gather for short programs held at local cemeteries or memorials.
  • Per presidential proclamation people and media outlets of the United States “observe Memorial Day” as day of “prayer for a permanent peace.” During a “period of time” during the day required by federal law (usually the hour of 11:00am per Presidential proclamation) people of the United States “may unite in prayer” and reflection.
  • Moment of silence occurs at 3:00pm per federal law (36 U.S. Code 116).
  • Flag at half staff in North Plains Oregon on Memorial Day

    Attend a Memorial Day ceremony.
    Take a friend or family member.
    You’ll be glad you did.

    2 thoughts on “Find A Commemoration Near You To Honor Sacrifice, Build Community”

      1. Hi Kathleen. Thanks to your post, we are in the process of adding a page on Milwaukie/Oak Grove. The ceremony for that area is organized by American Legion Post 180 and is traditionally held at the historic Milwaukie Pioneer Cemetery at 9515 SE 17th Ave, Portland, OR 97222. The best current information is that the ceremony event details for this year have not yet been finalized (no ceremony was held last year due to COVID). This is the same fluid situation many places around the state are in: they are working with state and county officials to make sure that they comply with all COVID-related protocols. *Look for an update on this site before the 31st regarding the ceremony. *I can confirm that American Legion Post 180 will have their traditional Appreciation Day event for veterans and community members on May 31st from 12:00-4:00pm at 2146 SE Monroe St, Milwaukie, OR 97222. It includes a bar-b-que. Hope this helps. Take care! – Marc

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