Observing Memorial Day

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Rep. Mark Owens


I know we are all heartbroken over the recent shootings in Texas this week, and in New York and California last week. Our hearts go out to the families of victims, survivors and communities as they experience these losses.

We are all impacted by these senseless acts of violence and there are resources available to help. The American Counseling Association and National Institute for Mental Health have information, crisis lines and staff available, and the Dougy Center shares some ways to speak with your children following traumatic events.

With care,

Mark Owens
State Representative
Oregon House District 60

Memorial Day

As we near Memorial Day on Monday, I want to take a moment to acknowledge and honor our heroes--the men and women who gave their lives fighting for our country. Let us not forget it is because of these sacrifices, we have the rights and freedoms we have today. We have the opportunity to participate in the future of our communities, state and country through community and public service, policy making, voting, and standing up for what we believe in. 

The National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3:00 pm local time on Memorial Day for one minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the US. If you would like to show your respects in other ways, here are 10 ways to honor our heroes and their families this Memorial Day.

The Burns Times-Herald in Harney County shares some of its history and why we honor and observe Memorial Day.

Memorial Day Events

Most of our communities or nearby communities host some event to honor Memorial Day and our soldiers, but not all are available online for us to share with you. Please check your local newspapers or local Veterans' Services Departments for more information.

Join the Vale American Legion in Malheur County at the Valley View Cemetery on Monday, May 30 at 11am MT.

In Baker City, there are two events on Monday, May 30. A memorial service at 11am PST Mount Hope Cemetery Service at the Baker Cemetery and an American Legion Building Dedication at 2pm PST.

The John Day American Legion in Grant County will be putting up flags for Memorial Day, Saturday, May 28th, 9am, at the cemetery. They are asking for volunteers to assist on Saturday and then again on May 30 taking them down. Contact them for more details.

Lake County VFW will be hosting a ceremony at 10am on the Courthouse lawn for fallen soldiers along with a ceremony at the IOOF Cemetery at 11am and the Westside cemetery at Noon.

You can find Memorial Day Around Oregon events here and a map/list of Veterans' Memorials Statewide here.

Are you aware of a Memorial Day event in House District 60 you'd like us to share? Let us know and we'll send out an update.

Memorial Day

At the Capitol
The Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs will host Oregon’s annual Statewide Memorial Day Ceremony in person at 11am. PST, Monday, May 30, at the Oregon World War II Memorial located on the grounds of the Oregon State Capitol in Salem.It will also be livestreamed on ODVA's Facebook page.

Oregon Disaster Assistance Program


Farmers and ranchers can apply now until June 3, 2022, for state disaster assistance.

In December 2021, the Oregon Farm Bureau helped pass the Oregon Disaster Assistance Program (ODAP) to help farmers with losses from the 2021 disaster season. ODAP is a new state program to help producers recover from losses in 2021 due to natural disasters.

To learn more about ODAP and USDA programs visit: https://oda.direct/ODAP.

Applications are available at participating banks and credit unions.

Congratulations graduates


I wish you a heartfelt congratulations on your graduation whether it be from high school, college, vocational school, or even pre-school and kindergarten. These are important milestones in your lives, and you deserve to be honored and congratulated for your hard work and accomplishments. I look forward to seeing what your futures hold. 

To the teachers, parents and families, we are so grateful for the sacrifices and work you have put in to help your students, your kids, succeed. You, too, deserve congratulations and recognition for all you do, so thank you.

Save the date

Mark your calendars now to join me and Senator Findley for a Meet & Greet on Friday, June 10 from 2pm-3pm PST at the Squeeze In Restaurant in John Day. More details coming soon, and we hope to see you there.

DMV problems got you down?

In the last few weeks, we have heard from several of you in our Eastern Oregon counties that you're having to drive hundreds of miles because our local DMVs are closed, closing early, cannot get your scheduled for a test or are unable to provide other services you need due to staffing shortages.

If you are one of these constituents and are having issues getting services at a local DMV, please contact my Chief of Staff Stacy Clark and she will do her best to assist you with your issue. We have worked with many DMVs recently to try and address these issues.

Are you having issues with other state or local agencies? We want to hear from you. Let us know the problem so we can address it and try to help.

Capitol Phone: 503-986-1460
Capitol Address: 900 Court St NE, H-475, Salem, OR 97301
Capitol Email: Rep.MarkOwens@oregonlegislature.gov
Capitol Website: http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/owens

District Phone: 503-413-2482
District Address: 85 W. Washington St., Burns, OR 97720