May 26-27 2019

Welcome to the Reedsport Memorial Weekend Webpage

May 26 & 27th 2019 Reedsport Memorial Weekend Celebration

Community members have already started planning for our 2019 Memorial Weekend events. The event has improved each year as we learn and adapt. The event features the same format as last year. Beginning with the Parade on May 27th, Sunday at 1:30 PM). Since the parade goes down the busy 101 Highway, Sunday works best and offers the least disruption of traffic during this busy weekend. The War Memorial Service following the Parade is located near the Parade’s terminus where parking and transportation back to the start of the Parade are available.

Near the parade start we will continue with a “Meet and Greet Veterans” (4- 5 PM) where we honor the service of area veterans. If you have a name of a veteran that has not been honor at this event, please notify me in the space provided below.

The Veterans Dinner (5:00-7:00 PM) is a sumptuous feast sponsored by the Presbyterian Church conveniently located next the site of the “Meet & Greet” Veterans are our guests. Contributions are graciously accepted from all others.

At 7 PM the Annual Patriotic Concert will be held next door at the Pacific Auditorium Amateur and professional musicians will present a varied program of traditional and modern patriotic music. This is a free event for all. Contributions are welcome to help cover expenses. We feature a conclusion that recognizes all the veterans attending as we play their service song.

The next meeting of the Memorial Weekend Committee is on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, noon at Bedrocks Pizzeria 22nd& Hwy 101, Reedsport. All are welcome. We would love to hear from participants and spectators.

Alert! The United States Marine Corps Band from San Diego, CA has been invited to participate in the Parade and Perform at the Concert on Sunday, May 27th. We have made the first cut and are awaiting final word on March 29th.

Heads up on this also: Visitors to our event might enjoy camping in one of Our Douglas County Parks, Umpqua Lighthouse State Park, or the Winchester Bay RV Resort. Check the websites below and get your reservations early. Veterans get discounts at County parks!

www.winchesterbayresort (541-271-0287) (541-271-4138)

Umpqua Lighthouse Park (541-271-4118)

2018 Parade’s Winning Entries

Most Patriotic:

1st Lowell HS Vietnam Veterans
2nd McKenzie Farms

Best Community Spirit:

1st Leo’s Landscape
2nd Highland Elementary School

Most Creative:

1st Ellie’s Chainsaw Carving Art Gallery
2nd Scouts of Service Winston, Oregon

Memorial Weekend Committee: Jim Wells, Chair

Please click the image below to see the parade route.

Click here to download the parade application.

Click here to open the application here.

Have questions or comments about any part of the Memorial Weekend Celebration? If so, contact us by using the form to the right or call 541-999-9136

A Salute in Remembrance” to Captain James H. Neal KIA in Afghanistan October 9, 2012.

How To Donate:
Send checks or deposit at Umpqua Bank, Lions Club/Memorial Parade Fund
If you would be interested in participating in a “Flash Mob” during the parade, leave your name in the space provided for comments.

Can you help?

We need help from the community to keep the Memorial Weekend Celebration going with the high quality activities that we’ve been able to provide over the past 3 years. If you enjoy the Memorial Weekend Celebration and can spare a few hours over the next several months, we love to have you come to the next meeting of the Memorial Weekend Committee on Wednesday, March 20th, 2019, noon at Bedrocks Pizzeria 22nd& Hwy 101, Reedsport. It’s time to do a recap and evaluation of this year’s event. All are welcome to come and comment.