Fifty thousand bumblebees will be honored in a memorial this weekend at the Wilsonville Target where a majority of the insects died. State officials directly linked the die-off to trees that had been sprayed with the insecticide Safari.
Rozzell Medina, of Portland, said that the event will "memorialize these fallen lifeforms."
Refried Confusion contacted Mr. Medina to inquire how the number of dead bees was determined. "We counted their legs and then divided by six", he proudly stated.
A replica of the memorial monument pictured above will be installed in the Target parking lot with a plaque honoring some of the more prominent fallen members such as: Albert Nectar, Ruth "Buzzy" Pollenson, Marty Stinger, Rupert Bumble, Juan Pointyass, Larry Hives, "Queenie" McTavish, Robert "Honey" Combs, the Swarm brothers, etc.
This reporter has not been able to determine if this will be a closed casket ceremony.
The event is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday. We regret we will be unable to attend the services.
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