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Memorial Day weekend is here as local hotels and restaurants prepare for the influx of tourists and locals enjoying the three-day weekend. Although the Coos Bay Memorial Day Parade will not be taking place this year, a group of local veterans are planning on bringing the event back in 2019.

In the meantime, events such as the Blessing of the Fleet, which will take place in Bandon at the Lost at Sea Memorial, will honor those who have been lost at sea as well as all veterans. The event will feature a ceremony where wreaths and flowers will be scattered at the mouth of the Coquille River and a gun salute by the VFM Medal of Honor Post 3440.

The Marshfield Pioneer Cemetery will be open during daylight hours for Memorial Day weekend and is asking for community members to consider visiting the cemetery to honor the veterans who have served in combat from the Civil War to World War II. Visitors are encouraged to take self-guided tours throughout the weekend.

Coos County Sheriff’s Office Captain Kelley Andrews warned community members to be extra careful this weekend as the holiday kicks off the busy tourism season. Andrews said they will be sending out extra DUI saturation patrols throughout the county. Some local hotels such as Quality Inn and Suites in Coos Bay have already booked up for the weekend.

According to AAA, more than 41.5 million Americans will travel this Memorial Day weekend, which is about 5 percent more than in 2017. Those traveling by car are expected to hit delays on major roads with May 24-25 being the busiest day.

Memorial Day honors all those who have died in any war while serving the United States. The holiday originally honored military members who died in the Civil War, which totaled over 600,000 Americans.

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