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, April 17th, 2019, noon at Bedrocks Pizzeria 22nd& Hwy 101, Reedsport. All are welcome. We would love to hear from participants and spectators.

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)

www.co.douglas.or.us (541-271-4138)

Umpqua Lighthouse Park (541-271-4118)

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

GUIDELINES

  • 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.

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, April 17th, 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.