Ceremony at Mountain View Cemetery in Oregon City
PORTLAND — Veterans, families and people of all ages spent part of their Memorial Day tipping their hat and saluting our veterans who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Cities across the northwest held remembrance ceremonies with dedications of the names of the fallen, military flyovers, guest speakers, patriotic music and honor guards. Interstate 84 from Oregon to Idaho was dedicated as the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway.
A paving stone was dedicated to fallen Beaverton serviceman, Army Specialist John Pelham. His name and that of Private First Class Cody J. Patterson from Philomath were added to the Afghan-Iraqi Freedom Memorial in Salem. Both men died serving in Afghanistan.
Twelve names were added to the West Valley Veterans Memorial in Grand Ronde, bringing the number to 2,278.
The newest veterans highway in Oregon pays tribute to the 57,000 veterans who served during the Vietnam War, the 719 who lost their lives, and 38 soldiers and one civilian who still remain missing in action. Approximately 118,000 Vietnam veterans call Oregon home, representing a third of living veterans in the state.
370 miles of Interstate 84 from the Oregon/Idaho border to Portland was dedicated as the “Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway” thanks to legislation passed and signed by Governor Kitzhaber last April. Fifteen signs will be placed along the highway beginning near Ontario and ending at I-205.