Memorial Day to be recognized locally
Ceremonies are planned in Fern Prairie and Washougal
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Memorial Day will be acknowledged in the Camas-Washougal area with a three-day weekend of observances.
Members of Boy Scout Troop 562 will put flags up Saturday, Sunday and Monday, at 8 a.m., and take them down at 3 p.m., at the Camas Cemetery, 630 N.E. Oak St. The scouts will hold a ceremony Monday, at 9 a.m., at the flagpole.
Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4278 will place hundreds of small flags at the cemetery. A city employee and Friends of the Camas Cemetery will be available to assist with locating gravesites. Coffee and cookies will be available.
For more information, call Camas City Hall at 834-6864.
Fern Prairie Cemetery
The VFW will conduct a ceremony Saturday, at 11 a.m., at the Fern Prairie Cemetery, 25700 N.E. Robinson Road, Camas.
The names of soldiers buried at the cemetery will be read aloud. Refreshments will be served.
Cemetery board members and volunteers will be available to answer questions Saturday, Sunday and Monday, from 9 a.m. to dusk.
For more information, contact board member Maxine Terrill at 834-3133.
Washougal Memorial Cemetery
American Legion Post 122 Cape Horn and Washougal will host a Memorial Day service Monday, at 11 a.m., at the Washougal Memorial Cemetery, 3329 “Q” St.
The program will be hosted by Post Commander Richard Puttkamer, with military honors provided by the Post Honor Guard led by Sgt. of the Guard Jim Martin. The guest speakers will include Washougal city councilman/Vietnam veteran Dave Shoemaker and Skamania County Commissioner Paul Pearce.
Wreaths to honor deceased veterans will be placed beneath the cemetery flagpole by representatives of a variety of organizations including Spanish American War Veterans, World War I Veterans, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Navy Mothers, Gold Star Mothers, Vietnam Veterans, The Order of the Silver Rose and the VFW Auxiliary.
The Washougal Cemetery board will be on site to provide assistance in locating gravesites. They will also provide cookies, cake and beverages. Donations toward cemetery improvement projects will be accepted.
For more information, contact Ted Fuller at 837-3470.
Mount Pleasant Cemetery
The Mount Pleasant Cemetery, located at 111 Marble Road in Skamania County, is open daily from dawn to dusk.
The cemetery, which can be found off of Highway 14 at milepost 23, includes the gravesites of more than 70 local pioneers.
Handicapped accessible parking is available adjacent to the cemetery, at the top of the hill.
The cemetery is owned by Ted and Kris Gowan, of Oregon City. For more information, call Kris at (971) 533-1382.