Welcome to the Reedsport Memorial Weekend Webpage
Another Memorial Day has passed, and I am so proud of this community’s unity, generosity, and willingness to help and participate. The participation in the Parade grows a little every year and increasingly demonstrates the community’s love and respect of those that serve and those that gave the last full measure of devotion.
The War Memorial Service at Hahn Park was especially poignant. As we honored those local men who paid the ultimate sacrifice, we were also reminded of those who suffer from the non-mortal wounds of war. Our Guest of Honor, Ron Van Vlack, current President of Point Man Ministries spoke of the need to provide services and be sensitive to the needs of these former warriors. They are still suffering. Ron Van Vlack was the recipient of a National Quilt of Valor presented by Bobbie Sanford of the National Quilt of Valor Foundation.
Following the War Memorial Service, a reception to “Meet, Great, and Honor Veterans” was held in the Pacific Auditorium. Forty former servicemen and women were awarded Quilts of Honor from the Threadbare Quilters. Patriotic art work provided by the Highland Elementary School was on display as was the “Wall of Honor Photos” of local veterans that is permanently on display at the Senior Center.
The Veterans Dinner, hosted by the Presbyterian Church, had a record 220 participants.
Local restaurants provided a sumptuous variety of their best menu items. Church ladies of the community made an array of beautiful and tasty desserts.
A Patriotic Concert followed at the Pacific Auditorium. where veterans were recognized and honored with the playing of their service song. After a period of solemn tribute, Mo’ Jo Boogie, a regional band, entertained the crowd with a variety of R&B, Blues, and Jazz selections.
2019 REEDSPORT’S 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
Date: Sunday, May 26, 2019
Theme “Salute in Rememberance”
Check-In Time and Place: Check-In: Noon at entrance to Highland Elementary School on Longwood Drive
Staging: at Highland Elementary School on Longwood Drive
See map for all details
Entry Number and Parade Placement: To be given upon registration at check-in.
Length of Parade: 1.5 miles
Parade Route: See map below.
Plan to attend our other events that day: the War Memorial Service, The “Meet, Greet & Honor” Veterans,
the Veteran Dinner and the Patriotic Concert. All are free. Contributions are gratefully accepted
- Have Fun and be Safe!
- All participants are strongly encouraged to prominently display patriotic style decorations
- Candy, water and or gifts may be handed out by walkers that are a part of your entry
- DO NOT THROW ANYTHING FROM YOUR VEHICLES
- We encourage you to display a professional looking banner and or sign proudly identifying your group
- Any animals that are part of the parade must be well trained and be sagely controlled under parade conditions. You must provide your own sanitation helpers to follow your unit and clean up along the route of the parade as well as the staging area.
2019 Winners of the Patriotic Parade for their entries:
First: Highland Elementary
2nd Pacific Coast Corvette Club
First: Central Lincoln Public Utility
2nd Leo’s Landscaping
First: Lower Umpqua Library District
2nd Umpqua Bank
Handmade Quilt Raffle Winner:
Petrified Wood Raffle Winner:
Memorial Weekend Committee:
Jim Wells, Chair
How To Donate:
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, June 5th, 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.