Memorial Day observances around the region
WORTHINGTON -- The Honor Guard from American Legion Post 5 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3958 will conduct services Monday morning at several local venues: 8:30 a.m., Garden of Memories; 9 a.m., St. Mary's Cemetery; 9:30 a.m. Worthington Cemetery; and 10 a.m., Freedom Veterans Memorial Park. Pastor John Stewart will officiate at the services.
A Memorial Day program will begin at 11 a.m. in Chautauqua Park. The program will feature speaker Dan Anderson, a U.S. Navy veteran who spent 11 years working on submarines. The "Amazing" Worthington City Band will perform patriotic music.
Additionally, a five-year anniversary celebration is planned Monday evening at Freedom Veterans Memorial Park. A program will begin at 5 p.m. Arlen Foss will give the invocation, followed by remarks by Mayor Alan Oberloh; Mike Kuhle, president of the Freedom Veterans Memorial; and Mike Hoeft, board member, Freedom Veterans Memorial.
Free hotdogs, chips and water will be served until gone.
Other area Memorial Day observances include:
ADRIAN: A Memorial Day service will begin at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Adrian Cemetery, and at 10 a.m. at the St. Adrian Catholic Cemetery. Speaker is the Rev. Kerry Boese. Refreshments will be served in the new Legion Hall following the services.
ASHTON, Iowa: A Memorial Day program will begin at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Ashton Legion Community Center, hosted by William Ben Hoffman Post 290 and Auxiliary. John Boender will speak on "Respect Your Flag." A service will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Gilman and St. Mary's Cemetery. A dinner of pulled pork sandwiches will be served from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the community center.
AVOCA: Donald Ewy American Legion Post 576 will host a Memorial Day program at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Avoca Community Hall, with lunch to follow at Avoca Legion Hall.
BEAVER CREEK: Members of the National Guard will be the guest speakers at the Beaver Creek Memorial Day program, slated to begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Beaver Creek Elementary School. There will be a pancake breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. at the fire hall, and coffee and bars served at the elementary school at 9:45 a.m. A program by the American Legion and Luverne VFW will begin at 11:15 a.m. at the cemetery.
BREWSTER: A Memorial Day service will begin at 9 a.m. Monday at the Brewster Legion Hall. Retired Col. Richard Weaver is the featured speaker. The Heron Lake native served as the commander of Camp Ripley from 2003 through May 2010. Following the program, a short service will be conducted in the park. Coffee and rolls will be served at the Legion after the service.
CHANDLER: The Chandler American Legion Post 338 will host a Memorial Day program at 9:15 a.m. Monday at the Chandler Legion Hall.
CURRIE: Lionel Boudreau American Legion Post 332 will host a Memorial Day program at 11:15 a.m. Monday at the Currie Fire Hall, with lunch to follow. Color Guard will assemble at the post at 9 a.m. Cemetery programs will be at 9:30 a.m. at Willow Lake Cemetery, 10 a.m. at End-O-Line Railroad Park, 10:15 a.m. at Pioneer Cemetery, 10:30 a.m. at Calvary Cemetery, IMH Church, and 10 a.m. Des Moines River Bridge.
DELAFIELD TOWNSHIP: A Memorial Day service will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Delafield Town Hall. Lunch will be served after the service.
DUNDEE: A Memorial Day program will begin with coffee and rolls served at the First Lutheran Church fellowship hall at 9:30 a.m. Monday, with the service to begin at 10:30 a.m. Peter Speiser is the featured speaker. Graveside services will follow the program at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery and First Lutheran Cemetery.
ELLSWORTH: The American Legion and Auxiliary will host a Memorial Day service at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Ellsworth School gym, with Deb Klaassen as speaker. Refreshments will follow the service.
FULDA: The Fulda Veterans of Foreign Wars and Legion Color Guards will conduct military services at all cemeteries beginning 7:30 a.m. A parade-line-up will begin at 8:45 a.m. at the Fulda Elementary School. The parade will proceed to the lake for a service and then to the high school for a Memorial Day program. Speaker will be the Rev. Shawn Ethridge. Following the program, lunch will be served at the high school cafeteria.
HARDWICK: Nathan Stensland-Bos and Haley Boltjes, Boys and Girls Staters, will be the guest speakers at the Hardwick Memorial Day program, which begins at 10 a.m. Monday at the Hardwick Veterans Memorial. Coffee, juice and cookies will be served after the program, which is sponsored by the Hardwick Legion and Auxiliary.
HERON LAKE: A Memorial Day program will be at 9 a.m. at the Heron Lake Community Center. Speaker is Lt. Col. Dan Iverson. Memorial Day service will be conducted at Sacred Heart Cemetery, 8 a.m.; and Lakeside Cemetery, 8:15 a.m.
HILLS: The Hills American Legion will host a program at 9 a.m. Monday, with Major Charles Erickson, U.S. Army Reserve, as the guest speaker. There will be a 10 a.m. ceremony at Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery. Lunch will be served following the program at the American Legion VFW.
IONA: There will be a Memorial Day program at 8:15 a.m. Monday at the Badger Lake Cemetery, and 9:45 a.m. at the Columba Cemetery, with coffee and juice at the hall following the services.
JACKSON: A Memorial Day parade will begin 9:30 a.m. at Ashley Park and go to the Ashley Street Bridge. Doug Nestegard will present a welcome address, followed by an opening prayer by the Rev. Steve DeKok. Jackson County Central High School Marching Band will perform the national anthem. After the program, a Memorial Day ceremony will be at Sunset Cemetery. In case of inclement weather, the program will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the National Guard Armory.
JEFFERS: A Memorial Day program is set for 10:30 a.m. at the Red Rock Central Elementary School gym. Speaker will be the Rev. Marvin Pederson. A cemetery military salute will be at the Jeffers Cemetery after the program, followed by a potluck dinner at Jeffers Senior Center.
KINBRAE: Graveside services at Kinbrae Cemetery will begin at 9:30 a.m. Legion members are asked to be at the Legion Hall at 9 a.m.
LAKE PARK, Iowa: The Lake Park American Legion Post 371 will organize a Memorial Day program at 10 a.m. Monday at the Harris-Lake Park middle school/high school auditorium. Speaker will be Ann Miller.
LAKE WILSON: Herbert Holke American Legion Post 285 will host a Memorial Day program at 11 a.m. Monday at the Legion Hall. Cemetery programs will be at 9 a.m. at Ellsborough Lutheran Cemetery, 9:15 a.m. at Lutheran Cemetery, 9:45 a.m. at Catholic Cemetery, Woodstock, 10 a.m. at Woodstock Cemetery, Diamond Center and 10:30 a.m. at Hillside Cemetery.
LAKEFIELD: A Memorial Day service will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Lakefield Cemetery. Speaker will be American Legion Cmdr. Dave Fahlsing.
LISMORE: The Lismore American Legion will host a Memorial Day program at 10 a.m. Monday at the post home. Services will follow at : St. Anthony Cemetery, Lismore Cemetery and St. Anthony West Cemetery. Following the services a community potluck dinner will be at the post home.
LUVERNE: A Rock County Veterans Memorial Candlelight Vigil will begin at 8:30 p.m. Sunday at the Rock County Courthouse Square. The Herreid Military Museum will be open for tours from 6 to 9:30 p.m., and a video tribute of history of the Luverne Unit of the Minnesota National Guard will premier.
The Luverne Memorial Day program will begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Maplewood Cemetery, with Captain Michael Graves of the Minnesota National Guard as the guest speaker. The Luverne High School Band will perform. Following the program, there will be a potluck dinner at the American Legion Post 123. The event is sponsored by the Legion, Rock County VFW and auxiliaries.
The Minnesota Veterans Home will host a program at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in the dining room, with Raleen Tolzmann, American Legion Auxiliary Minnesota First Vice President, as guest speaker. Music will be performed by Lonny Carpenter. Military honors will be conducted by the American Legion Post 123 and VFW Post 2757 of Luverne.
MELVIN, Iowa: American Legion Post 470 will conduct a Memorial Day service at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Baker Cemetery, located 2 miles east and 2 miles north of Melvin. The Hartley-Melvin Sanborn High School Band will provide music. Tom McDougall, post commander for 28 years, will be the speaker. In case of inclement weather, the service will be at the Legion building in Melvin.
MOUNTAIN LAKE: A Memorial Day program will be 9 a.m. at the Mountain Lake City Park band shell. In case of inclement weather, the program will be at the Mountain Lake Public School auditorium. Speaker will be Terrie Gulden.
OKABENA: A Memorial Day program is set for 10 a.m. at the Okabena Legion Hall. Speaker will be Sgt. Donald Richards, who has done two overseas tours of duty, including one with special forces on the Afghanistan border. Memorial Day services are at Grace Lutheran Cemetery, 8:30 a.m.; Old Rost Cemetery, 8:50 a.m.; St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery, Rost Township, 9:15 a.m.; and St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Okabena, 9:40 a.m.
PIPESTONE: A Memorial Day program is set for 10 a.m. at the New Woodlawn Cemetery, with posting of colors by the VFW Post 3814 and American Legion Post 6 and a rifle salute by the Pipestone National Guard Unit Battery A 1-125th Field Artillery. Guest speaker is Levi Carstensen.
ROUND LAKE: The Round Lake American Legion Post 461 and Auxiliary will host a program at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the high school. Speaker is Tony Stoecker, a 33-year veteran of the U.S. Navy. Boys State representatives will give a reading and the Legion and Auxiliary honor rolls will be presented.
SIBLEY, Iowa: American Legion Post 324 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7373 will conduct a Memorial Day service at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Holman Township Cemetery. Speaker will be the Rev. John Vakuskas. Music will be by the Sibley-Ocheyedan Band. In case of inclement weather, the program will be at the Legion building.
SIOUX VALLEY: Sioux Valley American Legion Post 614 will conduct a Memorial Day service at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Sioux Valley Cemetery. A program will begin at 11:15 a.m. at the Sioux Valley school. Speaker will be Ryan Marks, who is currently studying journalism at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D. A potluck dinner will follow the program.
SLAYTON: Veterans of Foreign Wars Erwin March Post 64 will host a Memorial Day program at 10:45 a.m. Monday at the Murray County Central gym. Preceding the program will be cemetery programs at 9 a.m. at Memorial Gardens, 9:30 a.m. at Hadley, 10 a.m. at St. Ann's, 10:15 a.m. wreath in river, 10:20 a.m. at Slayton, with coffee from 10 to 10:45 a.m. in the gym.
STORDEN: Herbert Reese American Legion Post 391 will host a Memorial Day program at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Storden Civic Center. Speaker will be Retired United States Navy Lt. Henry Baulisch. Special music will be by Elizabeth and Madeline Johnson. Immediately following the program, there will be services in the park. A potluck dinner will be served at the Legion hall.
WESTBROOK: The Westbrook Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion posts will host a Memorial Day program at 10:30 a.m. Monday in the Westbrook-Walnut Grove High School gym. Speaker will be former school superintendent Steve Kjorness. Post members will also conduct services at the area cemeteries.
WILMONT: Pachol-Moser Post 2603 will conduct a Memorial Day program at 10 a.m. Monday at Calvary Cemetery, rural Wilmont. Speaker will be Minnesota Senior Vice Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Lee Ulferts. Ulferts was born on a farm near Wilmont and graduated from Fulda High School in 1964. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and now lives in Brooklyn Park. In case of inclement weather, the program will be at the Wilmont VFW Hall. The post will also conduct Memorial Day services at 8 a.m. at Summit Lake Cemetery, Reading; 9 a.m. at St. Kilian Cemetery; and 10 a.m. at Wilmont Cemetery.
WINDOM: The Windom American Legion Post 206 will conduct a Memorial Day program at 10:30 a.m. at Windom Community Center. Speaker is the Rev. Russell Scepaniak. The program will include a reading by the recently announced Windom Boys and Girls Staters Hanna Low and Andy Pfeffer. Patriotic music will be performed by the Windom Area Chordhustlers. Following the program will be a military salute at Lakeview Cemetery.