BEND: Reading of Names | Deschutes Memorial Gardens Service

Reading of Names (U.S. Service Members Killed in Afghan-Iraqi Wars)

** UPDATE **

This year (the event’s 16th),
in addition to the live reading,
there will be a LIVE WEBCAST.

8:00am to 11:30pm PST

Troy Field
60 NW Kansas Ave
Bend OR, 97701

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The annual “We Are Remembering – Not Just a Number” event in Bend features a reading of the name, age and hometown of every U.S. service person killed in Afghanistan since 2001 and in Iraq since 2003. The reading now takes over 15 hours.
Beautiful hand-written placards with names of every one of the nearly 7,500 military service members killed to date in the wars in Afghanistan (since 2001) and Iraq (since 2003) transform Troy field into a powerful memorial. 2022 is the 15th year of the event.

Deschutes Memorial Gardens Service


Deschutes Memorial Gardens
63875 N. Hwy 97
Bend OR, 97701

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  1. Does anyone know when the Vietnam Veterans memorial in Deschutes Memorial Gardens was built and by whom as we are remodeling the memorial and will rededicate it on 3/29/24. If anyone knows please call me or email me Bill Gabriel 818-585-2111 or

    1. Hi Bill. Well, I’m sure you won’t be surprised to hear that I searched online pretty hard right after I saw your post and came up empty. This is quite the mystery. Really curious to hear if you have had any luck so far in solving it, and if so, how. Also, how can one obtain more details on the re-dedication ceremony? Thanks for all you do!

      Kind regards,

  2. Will the placing of the wreaths be done this year? We have been careful during COVID and didn’t place them.

    1. Hi Sandy. Thanks for your very good question. I spoke with a member of VFW Post 1643, the organizer of the annual event at Memorial Gardens. He indicates that the ceremony this year will again not include placement of wreaths. The reason is not due to COVID, but rather because of feedback the VFW has received from people attending the ceremony regarding the length of the ceremony. Apparently, people like how the ceremony is shorter by not placing wreaths. I was informed that it is possible that they will place wreaths again in the future if enough people want it. I hope this information is helpful and that you have a meaningful Memorial Day. Take care!

    2. I was hoping to see the wreaths now that Covid is not front and center.
      Some are so darn self-centered even when it comes to the fallen.
      They want to rush home and watch TV instead of being inconvenienced by the laying of the wreaths. Sad.

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