Ribbons of Remembrance

2019 Ribbon Trail participants are pictured, back row left to right: Grace Hausotter, Makenzie Hausotter, Sabrina Wagner, Coren Loper, Hallee Flatt, Bubba Barnhart, Blake Silver, Kady Vallejo, Mark Culver, Luke Losier, Christian Retherford, Mikey Schones, Ashton Retherford. Front row: Kylie Rock, Klaira Flatt, Kaiya Loper, Harley Lyberis, Tana’ya Barnhart, Shelly Smallwood. (Courtesy photo)

There’s a reason for all the ribbons.

The Trail of Ribbons seen over the weekend along the route from Yaquina Bay State Park to Port Dock 7 symbolizes Lincoln County’s commercial fishermen who have lost their lives at sea while working to harvest fresh, wild seafood and make a life for their families.

Each ribbon represents someone’s husband, father, son, brother, daughter, and friend. Each are memorialized at the Fishermen’s Memorial Sanctuary at Yaquina Bay State Park. The fishing community hopes the public joins in remembering their contributions.

The idea for the Ribbon Trail was created in 2005 by Tia Retherford of the Newport and Toledo fishing family by the same name, and came to fruition through the work of the Newport Fishermen’s Wives and the help of the City of Newport.

In 2012, Newport High School’s ECEL Program collaborated with the Fishermen’s Wives in a community service venture that continues today. Students from Newport High School and Toledo Jr/Sr High School have been hanging up posters and ribbons to explain to community members and visitors to the coast about the ribbon trail. In 2019, the venture was expanded to include more history, and fishermen’s stories, from Newport to Toledo and beyond.

— Newport Fishermen’s Wives


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