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HAPPY VALLEY, Ore. (KOIN) — Every day is a day to honor the servicemen and women at Willamette National Cemetery despite the cancellation of the cemetery’s flagship Memorial Day ceremony due to the pandemic.
“It was very disappointing. This is the second year we were not able to have our service due to the coronavirus,” said Jared Howard, the cemetery’s director and Army veteran.
Howard says the cemetery still holds 15 ceremonies a day for fallen service members from every military branch.
“For me, it’s gratitude for what they did — it’s pride,” he said.