With cautionary regret, Reedsport’s Memorial Weekend Committee has cancelled this year’s Annual Memorial Weekend Commemorative Activities. The Committee has postponed making this decision hoping that medical experts would indicate that there would be a decline in active cases. With little time left for planning and no sign of a diminishing threat, our Committee choose to take defensive action.

Many thanks to those that were willing to contribute, participate and attend these annual tributes. We request that on May 25th you visit your local cemetery at unscheduled times and pay your respects to those that served.

REEDSPORT MEMORIAL WEEKEND COMMEMORATION

As our community prepares for our 2020 version of our “Salute in Remembrance,” we want to reach out to all that generously contributed and supported our efforts. We couldn’t do it without you. We hope you will lend your support for another meaningful and respectful event.

Each year we try to improve on our previous parade and patriotic activities. We invite anyone that would like to be a part of our planning or would like to suggest ideas please come to our next meeting to be held at;

NEXT MEETING
11:00 AM on Wednesday, April 8th, 2020 at the Umpqua Bank

MEMORIAL WEEKEND PARADE INFORMATION
AND GUIDELINES

The purpose of Reedsport’s Memorial Weekend Parade is to honor the fallen of all the wars and all our veterans for their service to their country. The theme of this year’s parade continues to be “A Salute in Remembrance.”

The parade is designed to appeal to veterans and families throughout the area. All parade entrants are required to recognize and observe the parade’s purpose and theme. If you wish to incorporate the Battlefield Cross in your entry, we can supply you with an 8” x 8” JPG file by email. It can be enlarged for your purposes. It is also our hope that the parade participants will enjoy showing their patriotism and their gratitude to Veterans of the United States Military, as well as to our dedicated “First Responders.”

GENERAL PARADE INFORMATION

Parade Starting time is 1:30 PM

Date: Sunday, May 24, 2020
Theme: “A Salute in Remembrance”
Check-in: at noon Highland Elementary School
Staging: At Highland Elementary School and along Longwood Drive

(See Map for Location of all Events)

Parade Placement will be given upon registration ad check in
Length of Parade is 1.3 miles all level or downhill
Parade Route: See Map on ensuing page. Download and print for reference
Terminus of the Parade: Near the Hahn Park War Memorial. See Map for parking areas and disbanding.

A bus will be available to return participants to the staging area.

War Memorial Service starts at 3:00 PM
Be sure you attend the War Memorial Service after the Parade at the Hahn Park War Memorial near the terminus of the Parade. This is where we stand with our local servicemen that gave their “last full measure of devotion to the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave” and honor their sacrifice.

Meet, Greet and Honor Reception
A reception and mixer will be held shortly after the War Memorial Service in the lobby of the Pacific Auditorium near the Parade staging area. The “Thread Bearers Quilters” will be presenting handmade “Quilts of Honor” to service men and women in attendance.

Veterans Dinner
The Dinner will again be hosted by the men and women of the the Presbyterian Church on Longwood Drive. ( in the proximity of the staging area indicated on the map) A free repast that features the best of local restaurants and the desserts from the kitchens of finest cooks in Reedsport. Donations are greatly appreciated to alleviate costs.

The Patriotic Concert is currently on hold depending on finding an Appropriate group

PARADE GUIDELINES

  • Be respectful, have fun and be safe!
  • All participants are strongly encouraged to prominently display patriotic colors and decorations
  • Candy, water, or parade favors may be handed out by walking members of your entry.
  • DO NOT TRHROW ANYTHING FROM YOUR VEHICLE OR FLOAT.
  • We encourage you to display a professional looking banner and or sign proudly identifying your group or organization
  • Any animals that are a part of the parade must be well trained and be safely controlled under parade conditions. You must provide your own sanitation helpers to follow your unit to clean up along the parade route as well as the staging area.

2019 Winners of the Patriotic Parade for their entries:

Most Patriotic:
First: Highland Elementary
2nd Pacific Coast Corvette Club

Community Spirit:
First: Central Lincoln Public Utility
2nd Leo’s Landscaping

Most Creative:
First: Lower Umpqua Library District
2nd Umpqua Bank

Handmade Quilt Raffle Winner:
Pam Smisek

Petrified Wood Raffle Winner:
Troy Sieger

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.


Send checks or deposit at Umpqua Bank, Lions Club/Memorial Parade Fund