EAGLE POINT, Ore. — In honor of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the nation, there will be a Memorial Day ceremony at the Eagle Point National Cemetery on Monday, May 27.
The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. at the Eagle Point National Cemetery Rostrum. This year the event features keynote speakers U.S. Senator Ron Wyden and Representative Greg Walden, with Jon Martin of local band Fogline performing the national anthem.
Also included will be the MC Mark Dalton ARNG Retired So. Ore. Scottish Bagpipe band, flyovers from the 173rd Fighter Wing and WWII bi-planes, the Civil Air Patrol Cadets, the Marine Corps League, and the Army National Guard and Craig Bryant of Buglers Across America will be posting colors, providing military honors, playing Taps and the Pledge of Allegiance.
Memorial Day is always observed as a federal holiday on the last Monday of May. Originally known as Decoration Day, it honors U.S. service members who died while on active duty.
"First enacted to honor Union and Confederate soldiers following the American Civil War, it was extended after World War I to honor Americans who have died in all wars," the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) said in a statement.
Since before the turn of the 20th Century, the preferred name began to change from "Decoration Day" to "Memorial Day." It did not become common use until after World War II and was changed by federal law in 1967.
"Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries and memorials. A National Moment of Remembrance takes place at 3 p.m. local time, on the holiday," the VA said. "Many people also observe the tradition of flying the United States flag at half-staff from dawn until noon local time."