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Sacrifice honored: Silverton, Mount Angel events

By James Day

Memorial Day, which honors those Americans who died in the service of their country, will include observances in both Silverton and Mount Angel.

The Silverton events, sponsored by Post 7 of the American Legion, begin Friday, May 24, with an 8 a.m. uncovering of the six service flags at Town Square Park. Included will be the Space Force flag, which joined the Army, Navy Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard during a ceremony in December.

A noon event on at Town Square Park that day begins with a wreath-laying ceremony and also features speeches from Silver Falls School District assistant superintendent Dan Busch and Associated Student Body President Brent Ulven and a performance by the Silverton High Choir. Silverton Middle School is preparing a “missing man” table, with the event closing with a rendition of Taps by Silverton band members.

On the Monday, May 27 holiday, Mayor Jason Freilinger will deliver an address and the Boy Scouts will raise the flag from half to full staff.

In Mount Angel, American Legion Post 89 has a full schedule of events for May 27, starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Calvary Cemetery. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs. If the weather doesn’t cooperate the observance will be shifted to St. Mary Catholic Church. 

The day opens with patriotic music from the Marion County Citizens Band and a military “flyover.” Veterans on hand will march in during the presentation of the colors. Mayor Pete Wall will deliver opening remarks, followed by a celebration of Mass led by the Rev. Ralph Recker of St. Mary. Music will be provided by the St. Mary Parish Music Ministry.

Commander JB Leahy of Post 89 will place the memorial wreath, Army veteran and Gold Star family member Martha Kosel will read In Flander Fields. Mayor Wall will read the names of the fallen, the Legion Honor Guard will fire a three-volley salute and bugler Les Seifer will close with Taps.

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