Klamath Falls, Ore. – Memorial Day observations are still a major event in Klamath Falls, with good reason.
“Klamath County has a little over 7,000 veterans in it,” explained Klamath County Commissioner Derrick DeGroot. “About 12% of our population, which is well above the national average.”
Hundreds lined Main Street in Klamath Falls for a Memorial Day Parade.
Retired Air Force veteran Jack Lawrie says he’s honored to serve as Grand Marshal for the parade. “I’ve been retired from the Air Force since 1970. I know an awful lot of people that is on the other side – and it’s a privilege to be here.”
The parade was followed by a solemn ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park.
Commissioner DeGroot said, “It is because of the fallen heroes that have given everything so that we can celebrate our freedoms every day.”
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
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.