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Memorial Day Ceremony: NEVER FORGET

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Members of the Cape Sebastian Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution perform a flag- folding ceremony during the Memorial Day event at the Port of Brookings Harbor.

Earl Dunn was 15 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941. Two years later he enlisted in the Navy, where he witnessed American soldiers fight — and die — as the enemy bombed ships and attacked ground troops.

Dunn’s ship and its survivors had just returned to San Francisco when the United States dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, effectively ending the war.

“And that’s my saga of World War II,” Dunn,  94, told a crowd of more than 100 people gathered for the annual Memorial Day ceremony at the Port of Brookings Harbor.

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Test: Local beaches clear of bacteria

Mill and Harris beaches have been given a clean bill of health after the first tests of the summer season were conducted to assess bacterial contamination.

The tests, which typically are conducted every two weeks between Memorial and Labor days, are more stringent this year, as well. Eleven tests along the coast revealed no contamination along the most popular of Oregon’s beaches.

If they exceed the limits — thus reaching an “action level” — state officials post warnings to beachcombers to avoid contact with streams and pools of the water to avoid getting ill.

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