Local cemeteries host Memorial Day ceremonies

A pair of local veterans’ organizations are organizing ceremonies in Hermiston and Irrigon to remember the service and sacrifice of those who died while in military service to our country.

Leading up to Memorial Day, the Avenue of Flags will be erected at the Hermiston Cemetery, located off Highway 395 at the south end of town. Upwards of 800 flags will be installed Friday at 5 p.m. and will remain through Monday at 5 p.m. The cemetery, said Ken Huber of Burns Mortuary, is open from daylight to dusk.

Post commander Ron Jardine of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 4750 said a group of Boy Scouts recently helped with clearing the holes where the flagpoles will be placed. And, members of the Hermiston High School football team will assist with putting the flags in place this weekend.

“It’s sure nice to have the guys help,” Jardine said. “They are in good shape and it’s a big job.”

Anyone who would like to assist with placing and/or removing the flags is welcome, said Jardine.

Members of VFW Post 4750 and American Legion Post 37 are heading up a special service on Memorial Day. The ceremony is Monday at 10 a.m. at the Hermiston Cemetery. People may bring lawn chairs to sit in, if desired. The public, Jardine said, is encouraged to attend.

“I think it shows respect for the military,” he said.

Jardine, who served in the U. S. Army from 1966-68, will present a short message. Also, special recognition will honor all local veterans who have