2011 Memorial Day Celebration

City of Oregon City

More than 400 gathered at Mountain View Cemetery on Monday, May 30, 2011 to celebrate Memorial Day.

Special guest speakers included Oregon City Mayor Doug Neeley, Oregon City Police Chaplain Chuck Boman and key note speaker Michael Brown. A special tribute was performed by Don Wright, accompanied by Mike Hotchkiss on harmonica, in honor of the American Civil War's Sesquicentennial (150) Anniversary.

Additional highlights from the event included a warm welcome by Master of Ceremony David Bone; traditional military honors with 21-gun salute performed by Oregon Army National Guard; playing of "Taps" by Randy Leasure; music from Gardiner Middle School band; singing of the "National Anthem" by Anna-Marie Wood; invocation and benediction performed by Certified Celebrant Dee Mitchell and presentation of flowers by Neil Birch of VFW Post 1324.

Activities and crafts were provided for the kids, including fire truck tours, coloring activities and bird house construction kits. Attendees also took part in special historical tours of the pioneer cemetery, guided by Don Wright.

We would like to thank the following for their participation and contributions to our event:

Boy Scout Troop #220
Company D, 186th Infantry, WWII
VFW Post 1324 - Neil Birch & Mike Dec
Parents of Murdered Children (POMC)
Gardiner Middle School Band - Cheri Rizzo, Director
Beaver Creek Cooperative Telephone Company (BCT)
Oregon City Optimist Club – Lisa Normand, President
Serres Nursery - Dan & Pat Serres, Owners
Dee Mitchell – Certified Celebrant
AA Rental Sales & Service
Hillside Chapel – David & Darcey Bone, Owners
Oregon City High School JROTC
Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife
Oregon Army National Guard – SSG RJ Lawrence
Holman-Hankins-Bowker & Waud Funeral Service
Wild Strawberry Florist
Heritage Pacific Intl.

Friends of Mt. View Cemetery
Mary Elledge
Don Wright
Suzanne Wood
Oscar Geisler
David Bone
Randy Thommen
Joy Fotta
Mary Edwards
Margie Tosi
Don Anderson
Ed Allick