Ashland could see military jet fly-overs on Memorial Day in addition to the traditional fly-overs on the Fourth of July.
Earlier this month, the Ashland City Council approved a resolution authorizing both Memorial Day and Independence Day fly-overs.
Local residents Brad Fish and Jo French had requested that fly-overs be allowed on Memorial Day as well as the Fourth of July.
The city approves requests submitted by the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars to the U.S. Department of Defense for holiday military fly-overs, according to city staff.
Until the recent council action, the city had a policy to approve Fourth of July fly-over requests but to deny all other requests, city staff said.
French — a Cold War-era veteran whose father served in World War II — said he understands that some Ashland residents may be opposed to fly-overs, believing that they are symbols of war and the military.
French said that, to him, the fly-overs honor people who have served in the military, and especially those who have given their lives for their country.
All councilors voted in favor of changing the city policy in order to allow Memorial Day fly-overs except for Councilor Carol Voisin.
Voisin said after talking to people and researching the issue, she has concerns that the fly-overs can have negative effects, especially on recent Iraq and Afghanistan veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.
Voisin had asked councilors to gather more public input and investigate the issue further before approving more fly-overs.
Staff reporter Vickie Aldous can be reached at 541-479-8199 or firstname.lastname@example.org.