Memorial Day events planned in the area
WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts will conduct services at the local cemeteries and host a program Monday at Chautauqua Park.
Services will be: 8:30 a.m., Memorial Gardens Cemetery; 9 a.m., St. Mary's Cemetery; 9:30 a.m., Worthington Cemetery; 10:05 a.m., Freedom Shore Veterans Memorial Park.
The Rev. Joe Behnke from St. Matthew Lutheran Church will speak at the cemetery services and the program at 11 a.m. at Chautauqua Park. Behnke is a World War II enthusiast.
Other participants in the ceremonies include the Boy Scouts, American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars Honor Guard, "Amazing" Worthington City Band and Civil Air Patrol. Wreaths will be cast from the air by the Civil Air Patrol and by boat into Lake Okabena.
Other Memorial Day observances around the area include:
ADRIAN: The Rev. Andrew Beerman will be the speaker for the Memorial Day Service at 9:30 a.m. Monday in the Adrian Cemetery, and at 10 a.m. in the St. Adrian Catholic Cemetery. Lunch will be served at the Legion Hall following the services.
ASHTON, Iowa: The Memorial Day observance will begin with coffee and rolls served at 8:30 a.m. at the Ashton Legion Community Center. A program will begin at 9:30 a.m. The Rev. Dan Kunnari will give the address. Services at the Gilman and St. Mary's cemeteries will follow at approximately 10:30 a.m.
A dinner of pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs, potato salad, chips, baked beans, ice cream, dessert and beverage will be served from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Community Center. A free-will offering will be taken, with proceeds going toward bringing the Shriners Mounted Horse Patrol to town for Town and County Day.
BEAVER CREEK: Members of the National Guard will be the guest speakers at a Memorial Day program at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Beaver Creek Elementary School. A pancake breakfast will be served from 7 to 10 a.m. at the Fire Hall, and coffee and bars will be served at the elementary school at 9:45 a.m. There will be an 11:15 a.m. program at the cemetery by the American Legion and Luverne VFW.
BREWSTER: A Memorial Day program will begin at 9 a.m. at the Brewster Legion Hall, featuring guest speaker Father Quinn. Memorial services will be conducted in the park following the program.
DELAFIELD TOWNSHIP: A Memorial Day service will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Delafield Town Hall. Lunch will be served.
DUNDEE: Memorial Day services begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Dundee First Lutheran Church, with rolls served at 9:30 a.m.
ELLSWORTH: The Ellsworth American Legion and Auxiliary will host a Memorial Day service at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Ellsworth School gymnasium. Guest speaker is Dennis Bossman. Refreshments will be served following the service.
FULDA: The Fulda Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion Colorguard will conduct military services at all cemeteries beginning at 7:30 a.m. Monday. Parade lineup begins at 8:45 a.m. at the Fulda Elementary School. The parade will proceed to the lake for services, and then to the high school for the Memorial Day program at 10:15 a.m. Featured speaker will be the Rev. Stephanie Huisman. Following the program, lunch will be served in the high school cafeteria.
HARDWICK: Zac McFarland, the 2012 Minnesota Boys' State Governor, will be the guest speaker at the Hardwick Memorial Day program, slated for 10 a.m. Monday at the Veterans Memorial. Coffee, juice and cookies will be served following the program. The event is sponsored by the Hardwick Legion and Auxiliary.
HILLS: A Memorial Day Service will begin at 9 a.m. Monday at the Hills American Legion, with Sen. Bill Weber as the guest speaker. There will be a 10 a.m. dedication at the Veterans Memorial on Main Street, with a fly over (weather permitting), followed by lunch at the American Legion.
HOLLAND: Memorial Day services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the Holland Cemetery with coffee and refreshments following at the Holland Senior Center.
HERON LAKE: Memorial Day services will begin at 8 a.m. in Sacred Heart Cemetery, followed by Lakeside Cemetery at 8:15, conducted by the Herbert K. Kellam Post 224 Honor Guard. A 9 a.m. program at the Heron Lake Community Center will feature the Rev. Russell Scepaniak as guest speaker. Coffee and rolls will be served following the program.
JACKSON: A parade from Ashley Park to the Ashley Street bridge will begin at 9:15 a.m. Monday. VFW Post 900 Quartermaster Doug Nestegard will welcome attendees to the bridge at 9:30 a.m., and Warren Baker, chaplain of American Legion Post 130, will offer the opening prayer. The Jackson County Central Marching Band will perform the National Anthem, and Jackson County Veterans Service Officer Jeff Johnson will give the keynote address. "Taps" will be performed. A ceremony will follow at Sunset Cemetery.
JASPER: Memorial Day services will be begin at 10 a.m. Monday at the Jasper Evangelical Luthern church with a luncheon at Memorial Hall from 11 to 12:30 p.m.
JEFFERS: A program will begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Red Rock Central Elementary school gymnasium. Speaker will be the Rev. Cole McCormick of Trinity Lutheran Church. After the program, a military salute is scheduled at the Jeffers Cemetery, followed by a potluck dinner at the Jeffers Senior Center.
LAKE WILSON: The Lake Wilson American Legion Herbert Holtke Post 285 will host a Memorial Day service at 11 a.m. Monday at the Lake Wilson Legion Hall.
Services will be conducted at the following cemeteries: 9 a.m. Ellsborough Lutheran Cemetery; 9:15 a.m. Lutheran Cemetery; 9:45 a.m. St. Martin Catholic Cemetery, Woodstock; 10 a.m. Woodstock Cemetery, Diamond Corner; and 10:30 a.m. Hillside Cemetery, Lake Wilson.
LAKEFIELD: A Memorial Day program will begin at noon Monday at the Lakefield Cemetery. Music will be by the Jackson County Central Marching Band, a local color guard will offer a salute and "Taps" will be played.
LISMORE: The American Legion and Auxiliary of Lismore will host a Memorial Day program at 10 a.m. Monday in the Legion Hall, followed by a military service at all three cemeteries, St. Anthony's, Lismore and St. Anthony's West. A potluck dinner will be at the Legion Hall following the services.
LUVERNE: A Memorial Day program will begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Maplewood Cemetery, featuring Sergeant First Class Rob Newman of the Luverne National Guard as guest speaker. The Luverne High School Band will also perform. Following the event, there will be a potluck dinner at the American Legion Post 123.
The Rock County Veterans Memorial Candlelight Vigil will begin at 8:30 p.m. Sunday on the Courthouse Square. The Herreid Military Museum will be open for tours following the service. The program includes KIA and MIA stories by Hills-Beaver Creek and Luverne students. A public reception will be on the Kahler Terrace.
The Minnesota Veterans Home at Luverne will host a Memorial Day program at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the dining room. Speaker will be Jane Ellefson, American Legion Department vice commander for the 2 & 7 districts. The honor guard will consist of members of Luverne's American Legion Post 123 and Luverne's VFW Post 2757. Musical selections will be provided by Jay Tripp.
MELVIN, Iowa: American Legion Post 470 will conduct a service at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Baker Township Cemetery. Speaker will be Andy Mouw, survivor of the sinking of the U.S.S. Bismarck Sea during World War II. In case of inclement weather, the program will be at the Melvin Legion building.
MOUNTAIN LAKE: An outdoor Memorial Day program will begin at 9 a.m. Monday at the Mountain Lake City Park Band Shell. Speaker will be Sgt. 1st Class Brigham Hampel, a 22-year member of the Minnesota Army National Guard, who has served tours of duty in Belgium, Iraq and Kuwait. In case of inclement weather, the program will be in the school auditorium.
OCHEYEDAN, Iowa: The Memorial Day service will begin at 10:30 a.m. at Ocheyedan Township Cemetery. The Sibley-Ocheyedan Community School Brass Ensemble will perform. Speaker will be Osceola County Veteran Affairs Director Craig Sorensen. Coffee and doughnuts will be served after the program. In case of inclement weather, the program will be at Ocheyedan Town Hall.
OKABENA: The Okabena American Legion will conduct cemetery services Monday: 8:30 a.m., Grace Lutheran Cemetery; 8:50 a.m., Old Rost Cemetery; 9:15 a.m., St. Paul's Cemetery; 9:40 a.m., St. John's Cemetery.
The Memorial Day program will begin at 10 a.m. at the Okabena Legion hall. Music will be provided by the Southwest Star Concept Band and the Legion and Auxiliary Chorus. Speaker will be Adam Hotzler.
PIPESTONE: Michael-Boock American Legion Post 6 will host its Memorial Day program at 10 a.m. Monday at the west end of Woodlawn Cemetery. Speaker will be Bill Brockberg, a native of Pipestone and the current Commander of the Second District American Legion.
Honor Guard and firing squad will be provided by members of the Pipestone and Luverne National Guard unit, Battery A, 1st Battalion, 125th Field Artillery Regiment.
Music will be provided by the Pipestone Area High School band under the direction of Steve Olson.
ROUND LAKE: The Round Lake American Legion Post 461 and Auxiliary will host its Memorial Day program at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Round Lake-Brewster High School. Speaker will be Master Sergeant Stacey Gustafson, a 26-year veteran of the Minnesota Army National Guard. He now works in Recruiting and Retention Command.
SIBLEY, Iowa: American Legion Post 324 and VFW Post 7373 will conduct a Memorial Day service at 9 a.m. Monday at Holman Township Cemetery. Speaker will be the Rev. Roger Bowman. The Sibley-Ocheyedan Band will provide music. Coffee and rolls will be served following the service at the Sibley American Legion building. In case of inclement weather, the program will be at the Legion building.
SIOUX VALLEY: Sioux Valley American Legion Post 614 will host a Memorial Day service at 10 a.m. Monday at the Sioux Valley Cemetery. A program will be at 10:30 a.m. at Sioux Valley Trinity Lutheran Church, with Maj. Ryan Curl speaking. A potluck will follow.
STORDEN: Herbert Reese American Legion Post 391 will host a Memorial Day Service at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Storden Civic Center. Speaker will be Maj. Patricia Baker. Special music will be by Joyce Madson. A potluck dinner will follow at the American Legion Hall.
WESTBROOK:The Memorial Day program will begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday in the Westbrook-Walnut Grove High School gymnasium. Speaker will be Murray County Deputy Sheriff John Wiggins. Services are also planned at Rosehill Cemetery at 9 a.m.; Mennonite Cemetery at 9:15 a.m.; and the Westbrook Cemetery following the program.
WILMONT: The Wilmont Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will conduct cemetery services Monday: 8 a.m., Summit Lake Cemetery, Reading; 9 a.m., St. Kilian Cemetery; 10 a.m., Wilmont Cemetery. Fellowship and refreshments will follow at the Wilmont VFW Hall. In case of inclement weather, a service will be at 10 a.m. at the VFW Hall.
WINDOM: Windom American Legion Post 206 will host a Memorial Day program at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Windom Community Center. Speaker will be the Rev. Art Miller, with special music by the Chordhustlers and presentations by the Boys and Girls Staters. Following the program, memorial services will be conducted at Lakeview Cemetery.