Memorial Day. It’s a day to remember our veterans and honor them with parades, patriotic music, graveside memorial ceremonies, and lots of red, white, and blue. It’s also the kickoff for summer, a long weekend full of cookouts, picnics, and lots of outdoor fun. Luckily, you’ve made it to Oregon where you can do it all! And if you want this weekend to be an unforgettable experience stay in one of our beautiful vacation rentals in Oregon.
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Traditional Statewide Observances
While flags across the nation fly at half-staff, lone trumpets play taps and 21-gun salutes shatter the quiet. National military cemeteries like Portland/Willamette National and Roseberg National, state military cemeteries in Astoria, Oregon City, and Redmond, and private cemeteries in Bend and Salem will be putting American flags on veteran’s graves, having flag-raising memorial services, and more. Public parks with state war memorials – Korean War in Wilsonville, Vietnam War in Portland, Afghan-Iraqi War in Salem – will be participating as well.
Virtual Statewide Observances
During the pandemic, not all state or national parks may be open and ceremonies may have been canceled at state and national cemeteries. Some will observe the holiday with small ceremonies not open to the public, but that may be streamed live or posted on their social media pages.
In the past, Oregon City has celebrated with a virtual service with speakers, a 21-gun salute by the VFW, and taps. The Oregon Department of Veteran’s Affairs had a virtual ceremony that was then posted on their Facebook page. And of course, Oregon Public Broadcasting will air PBS’s annual National Memorial Day Concert on Sunday.
Celebrate Memorial Day Your Way
Hike along the Trail of Ten Falls, along the Oregon Coast Trail, or in Crater Lake National Park, and take a moment of silence overlooking one of Oregon’s breathtaking waterfalls or a panoramic view of the high plains and alpine mountains.
Pick up some delicious Oregon BBQ or locally sourced steaks for your own cookout. Grill everything out on the grill in your vacation rental in Oregon with its scenic view. A small family cookout is a perfect way to spend Memorial Day this year.
If you know an active (or inactive) veteran, have your own Zoom ceremony or send them bright red/white/blue bouquets – or some of that BBQ! There are plenty of Memorial Day themed videos on YouTube too. Just having that military concert with patriotic music going in the background will make it easy to celebrate our veterans.
No matter where you are in our lovely state, Oregon has a park, a cemetery, or whatever you need to celebrate Memorial Day your way. Need help deciding where to stay? No problem! Just give our friendly staff a call and we’ll help you find the perfect vacation rental in Oregon for your Memorial Day stay in Oregon.