Klamath Falls Memorial Day 2013

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Mon, May 27 2013 at 2:40 PM, Updated: Mon, May 27 2013 at 2:48 PM

Memorial Day observations are very personal for many people living in Klamath Falls...

Retired Air Force Veteran Becky Price thinks of her brothers on Memorial Day...

"I have two of them that served in the Air Force.  They're quite a bit older than me, so I idolized them when I was a kid - and I always knew that I was going to wind up in the Air Force."

Memorial Day also sparks memories of family for Navy Veteran Craig Dobey...

"I think of my grandfather, who was in the Navy himself - Otis Dickerson.  He was an awesome guy - special man, God loving man."

Gale McMahon's thoughts turn to a hero and fellow soldier, Lance Corporal Michael Murphy...

"He was killed in Vietnam, he saved my best friend's life - who also did two tours in Vietnam, Shannon McCool - who passed on several years ago."

There weren't as many people along Main Street in Klamath Falls for this year's Memorial Day parade...Even though the list of the heroes they honor grows larger every year.

"I wish more people would think about them, instead of making it a day of celebration."  Notes Gale McMahon.  "This is a day of remembrance, of honor, of respect for them."

Lest We Forget...

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About the Author

Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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