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Respect, remembrance to mark Memorial Day events

Programs around county will honor veterans both living and dead.

Monday is Memorial Day, and beyond the sales, the cookouts and the day off from school, it is a solemn holiday on which Americans remember those who served — and gave their lives — for their country. TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Steve Gerber, post commander for American Legion Beaverton Post 124, stands in front of the U.S. Air Service Memorial at Veterans Memorial Park.

Local VFW and American Legion chapters are holding programs to mark Memorial Day in Beaverton, Hillsboro, Tigard and Tualatin. Members of the public are encouraged to attend.

Washington County is sponsoring its own Memorial Day ceremony at Veterans Memorial Gateway in Hillsboro — at the Washington County Fair Complex — from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday. Contact is Vicki Horn, 503-846-3051.

The Hillsboro ceremony will be hosted by Wendall Pelham, whose son, Spc. John Pelham, was killed in Afghanistan in 2014. Family members of other local service members who were killed in the line of duty — Navy Corpsman Ryley Gallinger-Long, who died in 2011, and Pfc. Andrew Keller, who died in 2012 — will also speak. FILE - Veterans and other attendees at a past Memorial Day program in Beaverton applaud.

The Veterans Memorial Gateway is located at the corner of Northeast 34th Avenue and Veterans Drive in Hillsboro. Parking is available at the TriMet Fair Complex/Hillsboro Airport station.

Also in Hillsboro, at 11 a.m., the annual “Oregon Remembers” ceremony will be held at Fir Lawn Cemetery, 1070 W. Main St. Contact is Glenn Colangelo, 503-945-0190.

At 1 p.m., VFW Post 2666 and veteran organizations will present a ceremony at the Hillsboro Stadium. Speakers include Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici and patriotic music by local high schools. Contact is Dan Fink, 503-799-2665.

In Forest Grove, a ceremony and "avenue of flags" presented by American Legion Post 2 will take place at 11 a.m. at Forest View Cemetery, 1161 Pacific Ave. The event will feature the Neil Armstrong Middle School choir, the Boy Scouts and a color guard. Contact is Jim Craigg, 971-235-6065.

A ceremony at the Community Flagpole near the confluence of Pacific and 19th avenues on the east end of the city will take place at 12:30 p.m. and will include Forest Grove Fire & Rescue personnel presiding over a flag-raising ceremony.

No Memorial Day observance will take place in Cornelius Monday, said City Manager Rob Drake, because officials didn't want to conflict with activities in Forest Grove. However, Cornelius will host a Veterans Day ceremony in November, he said.