Memorial Day

Arts & Culture
8:03 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Local Veteran "Says a Little Prayer" When Flags are Lowered to Half-Staff

Patrick Daly lowers the flag to half-mast outside the federal courthouse at Tacoma's Union Station.
Credit Liz Jones / KUOW

Monday is Memorial Day. And it’s just one of many days throughout the year when the American flag is lowered to half-staff. The President and state Governors also order flags lowered during times of mourning.

In Washington state, flags recently flew at half-staff to honor local soldiers who died while on active duty…and also after the tragic landslide in Oso. Countless people perform this job of lowering flags at both private and government buildings.

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Military & Veterans
12:01 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Memorial Day: Remembering Those Who Died For Their Country

The Afghan-Iraqi Freedom Memorial at the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs in Salem, Ore.
Credit ODVA

While Memorial Day means no work or school for most people, it's also a time to remember those who have served their country. On Memorial Day, there's a ceremony at the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs.

Families and friends will gather at the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs in Salem at the Afghan-Iraqi Freedom Memorial. In the annual ceremony, the names of two Oregon soldiers will be added to the wall. The department's Director, Cameron Smith, says they were killed in Afghanistan last year.

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Oregon Coast
10:40 am
Sat May 24, 2014

Don't Disturb The Seal Pups

An Oregon Seal Pup
Credit salem-news

This time of year, numerous young seal pups are venturing onto the Oregon coast. People visiting the coast this Memorial Day weekend need to remember to avoid the animals. Jim Rice coordinates the Oregon Marine Mammal Stranding Network. He says there have been instances where beach-goers remove lone seal pups because they think they have been abandoned.

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