Gresham honors fallen soldiers on Memorial Day
A group of about 100 community members came together on Memorial Day, May 28, to carry on a tradition dating back to 1866 honoring the men and women who died while serving their country.
Gresham's Memorial Day event was hosted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 180 at the city's Heroes Memorial at Powell Boulevard and Roberts Avenue. Those who attended used the time to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
"Today we honor our fallen, and embrace the patriotism and pride which they fought to protect," said David Lowe, Gresham VFW Commander-elect.
The guest speakers included Gresham City Councilor Janine Gladfelter, Rep. Carla Piluso and Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson. Former Gresham VFW Commander Val Shaull also spoke. Many in the crowd were veterans or loved ones of those who served, and there were plenty of emotional moments, especially during a moment of silence for anyone who died while serving overseas.
"We honor their service, mourn their loss and support their families," Lowe said.
Representatives from Gresham Fire and Emergency Services and the Gresham Police Department attended the ceremony. Ron Ruedi, U.S. Marine Corps, sang several times during the morning.