Local Memorial Day events honor those who gave it all

Clatsop Post 12 of the American Legion is marking Memorial Day with a number of events over the holiday weekend.

On Saturday, Legion members will surround Ocean View, Greenwood, Lewis and Clark and Jewell cemeteries with more than 1,000 flags and crosses.

On Monday, the Memorial Day service starts at 11 a.m. at the Ocean View Cemetery in Warrenton. First, is the presentation of the colors by the U.S. Coast Guard, followed by the honor guard.

During the ceremony, there is a presentation of wreaths to Gold Star Parents, followed by the presentation of 25 wreaths of remembrance, among other events.

Jon Marsh, former American Legion of Oregon commander, presides.

At 11:30 a.m., a wreath will be dropped in Cemetery Lake by a crew in a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter in memory of all those who were lost at sea.

A memorial reception potluck is offered at Clatsop Post 12, 1132 Exchange St.

According to a press release, Clatsop Post 12 has performed this ceremony in some form since 1919. Clatsop Post 12 is as old as any post in the U.S.

A Memorial Day service is being held at 3 p.m. Monday at Maritime Memorial Park under the Astoria Bridge to honor veterans and bar pilots.

Seaside American Legion Post 99 holds its memorial ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday at the legion, 1315 Broadway. There is a free lunch for all at noon.

In Cannon Beach, American Legion Post 168 hosts a memorial ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday at the Fir Street Bridge.