FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 23, 2023
***NOTICE OF HOLIDAY CLOSURE***
Memorial Day – Monday, May 29, 2023
(Douglas County, Ore.) Douglas County Commissioners Tom Kress, Chris Boice, and Tim Freeman would like to remind citizens that government offices in the Douglas County Courthouse, 1036 SE Douglas Avenue, Roseburg, Oregon, as well as the Douglas County Justice Building, Douglas County Fairgrounds, Douglas County Museum, Douglas County Courthouse Annex, Transfer Stations, Landfill and All External Douglas County Government Offices will be closed to the public on Monday, May 29, 2023, in observance of Memorial Day.
As always, even when Douglas County government offices are closed, many officials and public employees are still working. Please note these exceptions:
- The Umpqua River Lighthouse Museum will be open on Monday, May 29, 2023, for normal business hours.
- All Douglas County operated parks, campgrounds and boat ramps will continue to be open and accessible to the public. For reservation information at Douglas County operated campgrounds, please call (541) 957-7001 or online www.co.douglas.or.us/parks/. As a reminder, the Douglas County Parks Office will be closed on Monday, May 29, 2023.
- Even though the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office lobby entrance will be closed on Monday, May 29, 2023, our Sheriff’s Deputies, 911 communications and DCSO staff will continue to provide law enforcement protection and emergency assistance for our residents. If you have an emergency, call 9-1-1. If you need to reach dispatch for a non-emergency, call the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency number at (541) 440-4471.
Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday in May to commemorate the brave men and women who have died while in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle while proudly serving in our United States Armed Forces. This year, Memorial Day will be observed for the 155th time. First observed during the Civil War, this Federal Holiday was originally known as Decoration Day, and was a time for our nation to clean and decorate the graves of our war dead with fresh flowers. May was believed to have been chosen because flowers would be in bloom across the country. In 1971, Memorial Day became a national holiday by an act of Congress. Additionally, twenty-two years ago, in the year 2000, Congress passed and the president signed into law “The National Moment of Remembrance Act,” encouraging all Americans to pause at 3:00 pm local time on Memorial Day for a moment of silence to remember and honor those who died in service to our great nation.
Why is the red poppy flower a symbol of Memorial Day? The wearing of a red poppy flower on Memorial Day dates back to the first world war and the war-torn battlefields of Europe. The common red field poppy was one of the first things to bloom in the aftermath of the brutalized European landscape. It is said that the seeds were scattered by the wind, laid dormant in the ground, and were germinated by the disturbance of the brutal fighting during the war. In November 1918, days before the official end of the war, Moina Belle Michael, an American professor wrote a poem, “We Shall Keep the Faith,” which was inspired by Canadian soldier and physician, John McCrae’s poem, “In Flanders Fields.” In her poem Michael mentions wearing the “poppy red” to honor the dead, and with that, the tradition of decorating one’s clothing with a single red poppy in remembrance of those killed in the Great War was born. Moina has since become known and honored as “The Poppy Lady.” Since 2017, the Friday before Memorial Day has been designated as National Poppy Day in the United States. Click here to read both poems and learn more.
Your Douglas County Commissioners would like to encourage citizens to join them and our community in honoring and paying tribute to the over 1 million brave service men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. For their ultimate sacrifice, they will never be forgotten. #RememberandHonor