Flag Placement

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Willamette National Cemetery:

For the past 47 years, rain or shine, the Thunderbird District has had the honor to serve the Willamette National Cemetery in placing flags on the graves of veterans in preparation for the Memorial Day weekend.

Following a brief opening ceremony, approximately 1500 district scouts and family members spread out into the cemetery and place over 140,000 flags on the graves of our nation's most honored.

The program always occurs on the Thursday evening prior to Memorial Day weekend. This year's 47th flag placement event will occur on Thursday, May 21st, beginning promptly at 6:30 pm.

Entry to the cemetery can get backed up so it is good idea to plan on arriving a bit early (5:45 - 6pm usually allows enough time to park and get to the assembly area).

All units should come with both an American and unit flag and two youth prepared to carry them in the opening ceremony which will occur in the hill top amphitheater at the main flag pole - highest point in the cemetery.

Unit leaders are asked to acknowledge their unit assignment at district roundtable meetings in April and May prior to the event.

Questions: Contact Rick Chambers at the April or May Roundtable.

Willamette National Cemetery
1800 SE Mt Scott Blvd
Portland, Oregon


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page last reviewed and/or updated on: 05/14/2015