Area communities mark Memorial Day
WORTHINGTON — In observance of Memorial Day, American Legion Post 5 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3958 Honor Guard will conduct services Monday at the following locations: 8:30 a.m., Memorial Gardens; 9 a.m., St. Mary’s Cemetery; 9:30 a.m. Worthington Cemetery; 10 a.m., Freedom Shore Park & Veterans Memorial. A Memorial Day program will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Chautauqua Park. The “Amazing” Worthington City Band will perform. Speaker will be the Rev. John Stewart of First Covenant Church.
Memorial Day observances throughout the region include:
ADRIAN: The Rev. Timothy Barr will be the guest speaker at Memorial Day services at 9:30 a.m. Monday in the Adrian Cemetery and at 10 a.m. in the St. Adrian Catholic Cemetery. A lunch will follow in the Legion Hall, hosted by the Post 32 Auxiliary.
ASHTON, Iowa: Coffee and rolls will be served beginning at 8:30 a.m. Monday at the Ashton Legion Community Center, with a program at 9:30 a.m. William Ben Hoffman Post 290 and Auxiliary is in charge. The address will be given by the Rev. Dale Lint. Services will follow at approximately 10:30 a.m. at Gilman and St. Mary’s cemeteries. The Town & Country Club will host a noon lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the community center, serving rib sandwiches, hot dogs, potato salad, beans, ice cream and beverage.
BREWSTER: Faribault County Veterans Service Officer Dave Hanson, of Blue Earth, will be the guest speaker at the Brewster Memorial Day program to begin at 9 a.m. Monday in the Legion Hall. Memorial services will be conducted in the park following the program.
DUNDEE: A Memorial Day program will begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, with the Rev. Nate Luong as the guest speaker. Graveside services will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday in the Kinbrae Cemetery, with graveside services in St. Mary’s Catholic and First Lutheran cemeteries following the program. Refreshments will be served at 9:30 a.m.
ELLSWORTH: A Memorial Day service will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday in the Ellsworth School gym. Guest speaker will be the Rev. Tom Jennings. The program is sponsored by the American Legion and Auxiliary. Refreshments will be served following the program.
FULDA: The Fulda VFW and American Legion Color Guard will conduct Memorial Day services at all cemeteries beginning at 7:30 a.m. Monday. The parade lineup will begin at 8:45 a.m. at Fulda Elementary. The parade will proceed to the lake for services, and then to the high school for the Memorial Day program at 10 a.m. Following the program, lunch will be served in the cafeteria.
HARDWICK: Pat Baustian, chief senior master sergeant of the Air Guard, will be the guest speaker at the Hardwick Memorial Day program at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Hardwick Veterans Memorial. Refreshments will be served following the program. The event is sponsored by the Hardwick Arthur Moeller Post and Auxiliary 478. Rain-out location is the Hardwick American Legion Hall.
HERON LAKE: Memorial Day services begin at 8 a.m. Monday at Sacred Heart Cemetery. There will be an 8:15 a.m. service at Lakeside Cemetery, with a program to begin at 9 a.m. at Heron Lake Community Center. Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas Behrends will be the guest speaker.
JACKSON: A Memorial Day parade will begin at 9:15 a.m. Monday, with a program at 9:30 p.m. on the Ashley Street bridge. Keynote speaker will be Warren Baker, chaplain of American Legion Post 130 in Jackson. A brief closing ceremony will follow at Sunset Cemetery.
JEFFERS: A Memorial Day program will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday in the Red Rock Central Elementary School gymnasium. Speaker will be the Rev. David Laechel. A military salute will be after the program in Jeffers Cemetery, followed by a potluck dinner at Jeffers Senior Center.
LAKE PARK, Iowa: Lake Park American Legion Post and Auxiliary 371 will host a Memorial Day program at 10 a.m. Monday at the Harris-Lake Park Middle-High School Auditorium. Speaker will be Ret. Marine Captain Wayne Fischer of Naperville, Ill., who served during the Vietnam War. The Freedom Rock veterans Memorial new engraved pavers will be dedicated. After the program, there will be a service at Silver Lake Cemetery, with dedication of new flags for the Avenue of Flags and the salute to the fallen by the American Legion Post 371 Firing Squad.
LAKEFIELD: A Memorial Day program will begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday near Memorial Park’s Avenue of Flags. Lakefield American Legion Cmdr. David Fahlsing and the Rev. Bart Mueller will be keynote speakers.
LISMORE: The Lismore American Legion and Auxiliary will have a Memorial Day program at 10 a.m. Monday at the Lismore American Legion Hall. Military services at the St. Anthony, Lismore and St. Anthony West cemeteries will follow. A potluck meal is planned at the Legion hall after the services.
LUVERNE: A Memorial Day program will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Maplewood Cemetery, with Lt. Col. Wendell Brenneman, USAF Chaplain, retired, as the guest speaker. Music will be provided by the Luverne High School Band. A noon potluck will follow at the American Legion Post 123, Luverne. The event is sponsored by the American Legion Post 123 and Rock County VFW 2757 and Auxiliaries.The Rock County Memorial Candlelight Vigil will be Sunday at dusk on the Rock County Courthouse Square, Luverne. A reception will be in the Herreid Military Museum. Rain-out location will be the St. Catherine Catholic Church, Luverne.The Minnesota Veterans Home, 1300 N. Kniss Ave., Luverne, will have a Memorial Day program at 2:30 p.m. May 30 in the facility’s dining room. Speaker will be Donald Kuehl, Chief Master Sgt. Iowa Air National Guard, retired. Military honors will be conducted by American Legion Post 123 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2757. Musical selections will be by Madilyn Oye, a junior at Luverne High School.
MOUNTAIN LAKE: A Memorial Day program will be at 9 a.m. Monday in the Mountain Lake Public High School Auditorium. Speaker will be Arron Miller, a 27-year veteran of service in Iraq, Afghanistan and East Africa and currently a commander-sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserves.
OCHEYEDAN, Iowa: A Memorial Day service will begin at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Ocheyedan Township Cemetery. The Rev. Steve Swenson will present the address. Music will be by the Sibley-Ocheyedan Brass Ensemble. Coffee and doughnuts will be served for a free-will offering after the service. In case of inclement weather, the program will move to Ocheyedan Town Hall.
OKABENA: Monday Memorial Day services are planned at 8:30 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Cemetery, 8:50 a.m. at Old Rost Cemetery, 9:15 a.m. at St. Paul’s Cemetery and 9:40 a.m. at St. John’s Cemetery. A program will begin at 10 a.m. Monday at the Okabena Legion Hall, with District 22B Rep. Rod Hamilton serving as keynote speaker.
ROUND LAKE: A Memorial Day program will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Round Lake Legion Post Home, sponsored by the Round Lake American Legion Post 461 and Auxiliary. Guest speaker will be Nobles County Veterans Service Officer Bill Brockberg.
SIBLEY, Iowa: American Legion Post 324 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7373 will conduct a service at 11 a.m. Monday at Holman Township Cemetery. In case of inclement weather the program will move to the Sibley American Legion building, 817 Third Ave. The Rev. Larry Laske will give the address. The Sibley-Ocheyedan High School band will play “Taps” and the National Anthem. VFW members will distribute poppies. Coffee and rolls will be served immediately following the service at the American Legion.
SIOUX VALLEY: Sioux Valley American Legion Post 614 will host a service at 10 a.m. Monday in the Sioux Valley Cemetery. An 11 a.m. program will follow at Sioux Valley Lutheran Church, with Sioux Valley High School graduate and Vietnam veteran Wayne Fischer the keynote speaker. A potluck dinner will follow.
STORDEN: Herbert Reese American Legion Post 391 will host a Memorial Day Service at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Bethany Lutheran Church. Speaker will be Ted Suess, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served in Vietnam. Special music will be provided. A potluck dinner will follow at the American Legion Hall.
WESTBROOK: The Westbrook Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion will conduct Memorial Day services at 9 a.m. Monday at Rosehill Cemetery and at 9:15 a.m. at the Mennonite Cemetery, both in rural Westbrook. A program will be at 10:30 a.m. at the Westbrook-Walnut Grove High School gymnasium with the Rev. Bruce Berg as the speaker. A short ceremony will follow at the Westbrook Cemetery.
WILMONT: The Wilmont Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will conduct services Monday: 8:30 a.m., Reading Cemetery; 9:30 a.m., St. Kilian Cemetery; 10:30 a.m., Wilmont Cemetery. Following the service, a light lunch will be served in the VFW hall. In case of bad weather, the service will be at 10:30 a.m. at the VFW Hall.
WINDOM: A Memorial Day program will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Windom Community Center. Speaker will be Janelle Kaye, a 1964 graduate of Windom High School who has written a book about her father’s World War II experiences as well as her family’s struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder.Following the program, the Windom American Legion Post 206 will conduct a Memorial Day service at Lakeview Cemetery in Windom.