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Photo gallery: Military aircraft flyovers, solemn speeches and patriotic music highlight day of remembrance.

TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - A bugler gets the crowd on its feet as the flag waves in the breeze at Tualatin's Memorial Day celebration.From the point of view of the twin F-15 Eagle fighter jets, Beaverton's Veterans Memorial Park flashed beneath their cantilevered wings and, seconds later, so did Tualatin Community Park.

The flyover wasn't the only thing the cities had in common on Memorial Day. Both featured red, white and blue festivities, solemn remembrances and grateful crowds.TIMES PHOTO: DANA HAYNES - Patti Waitman-Ingebretsen, left, and Marcy Tuffli show off their baton skills.

In Beaverton, hundreds filled the park to honor those who have served, those who are missing and those who died. Speakers and guests included Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, State Treasurer Tobias Read and Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle.TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Cheryl Hoskins salutes the American Flag as the Tualatin Police Honor Guard Posts the Colors during the Memorial Day program at Winoma Cemetery.

The flyover of the jets from the 173rd Fighter Wing out of Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls was so perfectly timed that they bisected the singing of the National Anthem. As the roar of the twin Pratt & Whitney engines faded, the voice of the singer finished with, "...and the home of the brave."TIMES PHOTO: DANA HAYNES - Lily, 4, and her mom Jennifer (who declined to provide last names) came decked out for the Memorial Day events.

While the American Legion Post 124 band played Sousa, senior citizens Patti Waitman-Ingebretsen and Marcy Tuffli showed off their baton skills. "I started doing this when I was 5," said Waitman-Ingebretsen, whose calendar will be kept busy by Portland's Rose Festival. "This year'll be my 34th Starlight Parade and my 32nd Grand Floral."

Beaverton City Councilor Lacey Beaty spoke at the event. Her husband still serves in the Oregon Guard and Beaty herself served five years active duty in the Army as a radiology specialist and six years as a combat medic. She served in the 1st Infantry Division during the Iraq War. TIMES PHOTO: DANA HAYNES - Buglers perform the 'Call to Colors' at Beaverton's Memorial Day celebration.

One of the Memorial Day traditions is the setting of a table to honor those missing in action. The symbolism includes a table set for one; a white table cloth for purity; a red rose to symbolize blood shed; a slice of lemon on a plate for a bitter fate; a sprinkling of salt for families' tears; and a candle, in hopes of a loved one's return. TIMES PHOTO: DANA HAYNES - Patches denoting devotion: one from the Beaverton Police Department

The second flyover of the day included five aircraft of the West Coast Ravens, flying in the Missing Man Formation.

TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - The West Coast Ravens fly the Missing Man Formation over Tualatin...TIMES PHOTO: DANA HAYNES - ...and a minute later over Beaverton.

In Tualatin, the day included a gathering at Winona Cemetary, both flyovers and a free barbecue picnic, coordinated by Tualatin VFW Auxiliary 3452, at Tualatin Community Park.

Among those in attendance was Cheryl Hoskins of Lake Oswego, who served in the U.S. Navy from 1984 to 2004, including in hostile situations.

"This day is basically remembering those who have come before me, who served, and those who came after me," she said. "It's a chance to remember our fallen heroes .... It's for everyone who has lost someone in their lives."

One of the speakers for the day was Tualatin Mayor Lou Ogden, whose final term in office ends this year.

"Today's a special day," Ogden said. "For all the reasons we just spoke about, the importance of two things: Really taking the time to remember the importance of why we're here and ... and most important thing, that we pass this legacy on to our kids. Hopefully, they'll never have to experience any of these wars."

Plenty of first responders, including police and firefighters, were on hand at both events. And to show that the concept of service is alive and well, the Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue E67 paramedic engine, got called away from the Beaverton event during the chaplain's prayer to respond to an apartment fire.

TIMES PHOTO: DANA HAYNES - Standing for the presentation of the American flag, plus a flyover of twin F-15 fighter jets, during Monday's Memorial Day celebration in Beaverton.TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Red poppies, real or artificial, have long been associated with Memorial Day.PHOTO: OREGON MILITARY DEPARTMENT - Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with Bravo Battery, 2nd Battalion, 218th Field Artillery Regiment, based out of McMinnville, Oregon, perform a Howitzer salute during the annual Memorial Day observance.
PHOTO: OREGON MILITARY DEPARTMENT - Two Oregon Air National Guard F-15 Eagles assigned to the 173rd Fighter Wing at Kingsley Field, in Klamath Falls, Ore., flew over ceremonies in Beaverton and Tualatin on Monday.

PHOTO: BOB WAYT - James Quach leads the crowd in the pledge of allegiance.

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