Honoring Our Veterans
The Camp White Military Museum is the memorialization of a place—Camp White—and a people—our Southern Oregon Veterans. These Veterans gave years of their lives to serve their country in the armed forces. Now, a select few continue to serve by volunteering their time to ensure that the great history of our Southern Oregon Veterans is acknowledged and lives on. So, come down to the Camp White Military Museum, a place where you can learn about the great men and women who dedicated their time to serve us. And, while you’re here, make sure you take the time to meet the volunteers who continue to serve by keeping memory alive.
The Eagle Point National Cemetery covers 43 acres and overlooks the community. It opened in 1952. Today there are 13,000 interments. The facility is open from sunrise to sunset. Phone (541) 826-2511, located at the top of Riley Road, between Alta Vista and Stevens Road. At the Cemetery you can see: a carillon donated by the American Veterans as part of their international living-memorial program, a memorial dedicated to All Unknown Veterans, and a memorial dedicated to all 1st Marine Divisions of all Wars.
Camp White, a U.S. Army Cantonment, was built on the Agate Desert, near Medford, Oregon, at the start of World War II. First the home of the 91st “Fir Tree” Division under Major General Charles Gerhardt, Camp White trained the 96th Division as well as engineering, medical, and artillery units between 1942 and 1945. Today, Camp White is part of the US Department of Veteran’s Affairs: Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center & Clinics, and is the nation’s only freestanding residential rehabilitation center. Tours of the Camp White Military Museum are available.
Patriotism plays a significant role in Eagle Point with the former Camp White (the remainder portion now houses the Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinic) just south of the city and the Eagle Point National Cemetery on the hillside overlooking the community. As the Eagle Point & Upper Rogue Chamber of Commerce was organized, one of its first projects became the Avenue of the Flags. Today flags adorn the main entrance into the community from Highway 62 and Linn Road down Main Street across the Main St. Bridge. Plans call for the flags to continue to the Eagle Point National Cemetery by late spring. This venture gained national attention and the concept has been adopted by many cities. Each flag was a casket flag donated to Avenue of the Flags by family members. In 2003, a Wall of Patriotism was dedicated in the Ashpole Center (adjacent to city hall). There one will find the names of each veteran in whose memory a casket flag was donated, as well as a list of the donors. The display is surrounded by a flag from each branch of the military service. The Avenue of the Flags display is put in place for each patriotic holiday.