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Annual Memorial Day event at Newberg park will feature historian, honor guard, rifle squad and a reading of the Gettysberg Address

GRAPHIC FILE PHOTO - Members of the local VFW and American Legion posts traditionally attend the Memorial Day event in large numbers to honor the dead.

In keeping with tradition, the annual Memorial Day event will be held at a local park following a tradition of veterans paying their respects at five local cemeteries along the way.

Craig Herrity, commander-elect of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post, said while he wasn't directly involved in planning the day's events, he didn't expect them to vary much from past years.

"As far as I know it will be principally the same," Herrity said.

Just as in past years, the Newberg-Dundee Police Department honor guard will be present, as will a rifle squad at Memorial Park. GRAPHIC FILE PHOTO - Local historian George Edmonston Jr. will be the featured speaker at the Memorial Day event on May 27.

Kevin Sands, a member of the local American Legion post and the master of ceremonies for the Memorial Day events, said the guest speaker will be George Edmonston Jr., a Newberg historian and member of the American Legion, who will speak on World War II.

The day's events commence at 8 a.m. with veterans visiting the five cemeteries: Valley View, Dundee Pioneer, Noble, Gibbs, and Friends. The veterans will return to Memorial park at 11 a.m. for the main ceremony.

"This is the third year I've done this, and every year we always seem to get a pretty good crowd," Sands said.

In addition to the guest speaker, Sands said there will be a 21-gun salute, the raising and lowering of the flag and a presentation of flowers on the granite obelisk that holds the names of service personnel that have died in the nation's wars. In addition to American Legion and VFW members, the Legion Riders, Cub Scouts and Heritage Girls will also take part in the ceremonies.

This ceremony also includes the reading of the Gettysburg Address, a war memorial roll call and the playing of Taps. A community barbecue follows the ceremony.

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