In memory of the fallen

<p>Kenneth Rislow, left, chaplain of American Legion Clatsop Post 12 and Frank "Chip" Snyder, also a Legion member, salute wreathes dedicated by veterans organizations at a Memorial Day service Monday at Ocean View Cemetery in Warrenton.</p>

Monday was a somber day of remembrance for many in Clatsop County as services were held throughout the region to honor military personnel who have lost their lives fighting for their country.

A service was held at the start of the day at Ocean View Cemetery in Warrenton where many gathered to honor fallen American soldiers.

Scott Parker, an American Legion Clatsop Post 12 member and U.S. Army Vietnam War veteran, read “In Flanders Field,” a poem from World War I about soldiers being laid to rest in a poppy field. Other members read Bible verses during the ceremony.

U.S. Coast Guard Aviation Maintenance Technician 3rd Class Patrick Flanery and Seaman Teal Carter were at the ceremony as honor guard. A Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopter flew overhead as wreaths were placed by Legion members and veterans.  

The Legion gave flowers and roses to those who had lost loved ones. Among them were Perry and Paula Browning, who lost their son Brian Browning, a 20-year-old U.S. Army specialist, in 2007 in the Iraq War.

Following the cemetery service, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10580 and others gathered at the Warrenton Post Office for the annual flag-changing ceremony.

In the afternoon, dozens gathered at Astoria’s Maritime Memorial Park to pay tribute to loved ones who had died and were involved in maritime activities.

The park was filled with families carrying flowers and wreaths. As the names of those lost were read, a steady stream of people walked to the edge of the park and tossed flowers from a platform into the Columbia River. The park was dedicated in 1993 and a service is held every Memorial Day.

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