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Oregon Air National Guard flyovers scheduled for Memorial Day holiday
by Oregon State Media, Inc.
  Friday May 27, 2016 - 2:12 PM
 
SALEM, Ore. - The Oregon Air National Guard is scheduled to conduct Memorial Day flyovers for ceremonies at locations throughout Oregon.

F-15 Eagle fighter jets from both the 173rd Fighter Wing in Klamath Falls, Oregon, and the 142nd Fighter Wing in Portland, Oregon, are scheduled to conduct flyovers at the following community locations at or near the designated times on Monday, May 30.

"We'd like to give a special thank you to the approving authorities this year, authorizing our Oregon communities across the state to commemorate this Memorial Day with flyovers in remembrance of our fallen heroes," said Stephen Bomar, Director of Public Affairs for the Oregon Military Department.

Memorial Day, or Decoration Day as it was originally called, was first observed on May 30, 1868 as a day to place flowers on the graves of Union and Confederate Soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The holiday's name was later changed to Memorial Day in 1971 and became a federal holiday to be observed on the last Monday in May.

The 173rd Fighter Wing is scheduled to conduct the following flyovers: 11:03 a.m., NCAA Men's Golf Championship, Eugene, Oregon. 11:20 a.m., Memorial Day Ceremony, Eagle Point, Oregon. 11:35 a.m., Memorial Day Ceremony, Klamath Falls, Oregon. 11:50 a.m., Veterans Memorial Ceremony, Gold Beach, Oregon. 12:10 p.m., Memorial Day Ceremony, Riverside Park, Grants Pass, Oregon. 12:20 p.m., Memorial Day Ceremony, Grants Pass, Oregon.

The 142nd Fighter Wing is scheduled to conduct the following flyovers: 10:12 a.m., Willamette National Cemetery Memorial Day Program, Portland, Oregon. 10:30 a.m., City of Wasco, Wasco, Oregon. 11:10 a.m., Memorial Day Ceremony Veterans Memorial Park, Beaverton, Oregon. 11:15 a.m., Crescent Grove Cemetery Memorial Day Ceremony, Tigard, Oregon.

All passes will be approximately 1,000 feet above ground level and about 400 mph airspeed. Flights could be canceled or times changed due to inclement weather or operational contingencies.

The Oregon Air National Guard has been an integral part of the nation's air defense since 1941 proudly committed to honor communities for 75 years. The 142nd Fighter Wing guards the Pacific Northwest skies from northern California to the Canadian border, on 24-hour alert as part of the North American Air Defense system. The 173rd Fighter Wing is home to the premier F-15 pilot training school.

PHOTO CAPTION: Oregon Air National Guard F-15 Eagle fighter jets from both the 173rd Fighter Wing in Klamath Falls, Oregon, and the 142nd Fighter Wing in Portland, Oregon, are scheduled to conduct Memorial Day flyovers for ceremonies at locations throughout Oregon. (Courtesy photo by Scott Wolff of FighterSweep.com)