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Legion hosts Beaverton's annual Memorial Day program

Families are invited to attend Beaverton American Legion Post 124’s annual Memorial Day program.

The community celebration returns Monday at 11 a.m. to Beaverton’s Veterans Memorial Park, located between Southwest Seventh and Ninth streets along Watson Avenue.

“We have a great program planned this year,” said Post Commander Marv Doty.

The event will feature special performances by the Post 185 American Legion Band under the direction of Clem Norton beginning at 10, when visitors begin showing up; soloist Margene Qualls; honor guards with Post 124; an empty chair ceremony honoring prisoners of war and those missing in action accompanied by bagpiper Tim Birr; tributes to veterans and a traditional bugler performance of “Taps” by Scott Woods.

The West Coast Ravens Team with RV-8 special aircraft will perform a missing pilot flyover followed by a flyover of World War II Biplanes in honor of Lt. John Mangas’ 39th Fighter Squadron.

Speakers for the event include Lacey Beaty, an Army medic who served in Iraq and the second vice commander of Post 124; Mike Morris, Oregon Legion commander; and retired Air Force Col. Mary Mayer, who serves on the Advisory Committee to the Director of the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

Members of the Sons of the American Revolution Musket Team will also fire rifle volleys.

Those who attend the event are encouraged to take time to walk around the park and view its many memorials honoring the service and sacrifices made by all veterans.

Members of the American Legion will be available to answer questions about the memorials and share the stories behind their creation.