What Memorial Day means to veterans
HARRISBURG, Ore. - With parades and solemn ceremonies on Memorial Day, we remember to pay our respects to those who died serving their country.
In Harrisburg, VFW Post 21-05 throws a wreath into the Willamette River each year to honor those who have fallen.
For Charlie L. Christensen Jr., Memorial Day is a very special day.
For the past 36 years, Christensen has coordinated and saluted the red, white and blue wreath that flows downstream. He says that it's an indescribable feeling every time.
"All the things that have happened through these years, your veterans, fellow departed comrades, even a lot of people I knew, a lot of them are gone," said Christensen Jr.
Christensen served in the Navy during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and now he is left reminiscing on friendships he's made overseas.
"I met a person when I was 19 years old from Switzerland," said Christensen. "We've been writing now for the past 55 years."
Now, remembering all of those from his hometown who lost their lives while serving their country.
After the ceremony, members of the post went to five cemeteries in the South Linn area. They went to raise the cemetery's flags and lay down a red, white and blue wreath.