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Willamette National Cemetery hosts 69th Memorial Day ceremony May 27, 2019 (Photo) - 05/16/19

(Update below as of 11:20 a.m. May 16, 2019)

Patriotic music, flag displays, a rifle salute and fly-over will all be part of the 2019

Memorial Day Program at Willamette National Cemetery on May 27 at 10 a.m.

The Memorial Day Program includes “The Oregon Symphonic Band”, “The Portland Police Highland Guard Pipe Band”,  a joint color guard to include all branches of the military, advancement of colors by veteran service organizations, vocal selections by “Praise in 3D”, “Union High School Women’s Quartet”,  Cannon salute by the Oregon Army National Guard, Keynote speaker, Bradley Phillips, Executive Director, NCA Pacific District, a fly-over by the Oregon Air National Guard and the presentation of a Gold Star Wreath by Gold Star Wives and families.

Attendance is expected to exceed 2,500.   The ceremony will be held on cemetery grounds, follow the signs.  More than 650 U.S. flags (donated by veterans’ families) will be flown along the Avenue of Flags. State flags will also be displayed.

On Thursday evening, May 23rd, between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. more than 1700 scouts and parents of the Thunderbird Boy Scout District will gather at the cemetery and place small U.S. flags on approximately 148,000 gravesites.  Flag placement will be preceded by a special patriotic program, including keynote speaker and band.  This is the 51st year of Scout participation in this event.  The public is invited to attend.

Willamette National Cemetery is located about 10 miles southeast of Portland, Oregon, straddling the Multnomah and Clackamas County lines.


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Volunteer Opportunities at Willamette National Cemetery (Photo) - 05/14/19

PORTLAND, Oregon – Willamette National Cemetery is looking for volunteers to staff the cemetery’s Public Information Center. Duties involve answering the phones and greeting Veterans, family members, funeral directors and the public that visit the cemetery.

            “We are looking for volunteers with strong communication skills to help staff our Public Information Center,” said Willamette National Cemetery Director Pete Sardo. “This is an ideal position for someone that wants to give back to Veterans and enjoys interacting with the public,” he said.

            Volunteers are needed Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but the shifts are flexible. Volunteers assist the cemetery by directing people attending services to the correct funeral staging area, giving directions and helping visitors locate gravesites. Willamette National Cemetery registers its volunteers with the VA’s Volunteer Services at the Portland VA Medical Center. For more information, please contact Pete Sardo or Roger Huntley at 503-273-5250.

Willamette National Cemetery is located about 10 miles southeast of Portland, Oregon, straddling the Multnomah and Clackamas County lines. Willamette National Cemetery is home to the Oregon Korean Memorial, memorializing 283 Oregon service members who lost their lives in that conflict. Willamette National Cemetery is designated a Blue Star Memorial Highway site. Willamette National Cemetery Webpage:



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