Riding for those who can't

A caravan of motorcycle riders with the Oregon Veterans Motorcycle Association ride through John Day in June to dedicate Highway 26 as a POW/MIA highway. A ceremony is planned at 4 p.m. Friday at the Elks Lodge.

Along with five other cities, John Day will hold a public ceremony Friday, dedicating Highway 26 as a POW/MIA Memorial Highway, at the Elks Lodge parking lot at 4 p.m.

A dinner will follow the ceremony at 5:30 p.m., with a choice of beef or chicken for $15 per person.

Elks Lodge member and veteran Robert Van Voorhis said in a Facebook post to bring a lawn chair to the ceremony.

"The ceremony will last longer than you will want to stand," he said.

The POW/MIA Memorial Highway aims to honor Oregon's nearly 1,000 Prisoners of War. According to the Oregon History Project, 200 soldiers from the state died in captivity while 1,000, from World War I to Vietnam remain MIA, or have not been found.

Sept. 18 is National POW/MIA Recognition Day, honoring POWs, MIAs and their families.


Steven Mitchell is a reporter for the Blue Mountain Eagle. Contact him at steven@bmeagle.com or 541-575-0710.

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.