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Honoring our military: Local communities host Memorial Day services

WORTHINGTON -- American Legion Post 5 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3958 and Auxiliary will conduct military services Monday morning at the local cemeteries. Honor guard members will meet at the VFW at 8 a.m., with services at the following t...

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WORTHINGTON - American Legion Post 5 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3958 and Auxiliary will conduct military services Monday morning at the local cemeteries. Honor guard members will meet at the VFW at 8 a.m., with services at the following times: 8:30 a.m., Memorial Gardens; 9 a.m., St. Mary’s Cemetery; 9:30 a.m., Worthington Cemetery; 10 a.m., Freedom Veterans Memorial Park. Pastor John Nau will officiate.
A program will be at 11 a.m. at Chautauqua Park. Speaker will be Master Chief Petty Officer (retired) Tony Stoecker of Ocheyedan, Iowa. Readings will be given by students from Worthington High school. The “Amazing” Worthington City Band will perform musical selections.
Here are other Memorial Day observances from around the area:
ADRIAN: Services will be conducted at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Adrian Cemetery and 10 a.m. at St. Adrian Catholic Cemetery. The Rev. Kerry Boese will be the speaker. Lunch will be served by the Post 32 Auxiliary following the service at the Legion hall.
AVOCA: The Avoca Memorial Day program will begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Avoca Town Hall. Speaker will be Minnesota Second District Vice Commander Cindy Brunk. Lunch will follow the program.
BEAVER CREEK: A Memorial Day breakfast will be served from 7 to 10 a.m. Monday at the Beaver Creek Fire Hall. Coffee and bars will be served at 9:45 a.m., prior to the 10:30 a.m. program at Beaver Creek Elementary School Speaker will be Andrew Blank. Military services will be conducted by the American Legion and Luverne VFW at 11:15 a.m. at the Beaver Creek Cemetery.
CHANDLER: A Memorial Day service will begin at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Chandler Community Center.
DELAFIELD: A Memorial Day service will begin at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Delafield Town Hall and Cemetery. Lunch will be served following the service.
DUNDEE: Legionnaires will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the American Legion hall. A graveside service will be at 9:30 a.m. at the Kinbrae Cemetery. Rolls and coffee will be served at 9:30 a.m. in the First Lutheran Church fellowship hall. The Memorial Day program will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall. Speaker will be Ron Wendorff. Graveside services will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic and First Lutheran cemeteries.
EDGERTON: The Memorial Day program will begin at 9 a.m. Monday at Edgerton’s Hillside Cemetery. Speaker will be Pastor Harry Van Dam. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be at Southwest Christian High School.
ELLSWORTH: A Memorial Day program sponsored by the American Legion and Auxiliary will begin at 9:30 a.m. Monday in the Ellsworth School gym. Speaker will be Malik Herman, Boys State representative. Refreshments will follow the program.
FULDA: The Fulda Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion Colorguard will conduct military services Monday morning: 7:30 a.m., Immanuel Lutheran; 7:45 a.m., Seward Cemetery; 8 a.m., St. Gabriel’s Cemetery; 8:30 a.m., Prairie Hill Cemetery. Parade lineup will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Fulda Elementary School; the parade will begin at 9 a.m. and proceed to the lake for services. A program will be at 10 a.m. at Fulda High School. Speaker will be the Rev. R. Paul Heiting. Lunch will follow the program in the high school cafeteria.
HARDWICK: The Hardwick Memorial Day program will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Veterans Memorial. Guest speaker is Donald Reker of Jasper. In case of rain, the event will be in the Hardwick Legion Hall. The Hardwick American Legion Post 478 is sponsoring the event.
HERON LAKE: The Heron Lake Area Veterans Memorial will be dedicated in a 1:30 p.m. ceremony Monday at the Heron Lake Community Center. U.S. Rep. Tim Walz is the featured speaker. The Heron Lake-Okabena High School Band and Choir will perform. Hosting the event is Herbert K. Kellam Post 224.
HILLS: The Memorial Day program will begin at 9 a.m. Monday at the Hills American Legion. Speaker will be Lt. Col. Arvin Olson, (retired) Army Reserve. Lunch will follow.
HOLLAND: The Memorial Day program will begin at 10 a.m. Monday at the Holland cemetery. Speaker will be Pastor Stephen Wynja. Lunch and refreshments will be served after the ceremony at the Holland Senior Center.
LAKEFIELD: The Memorial Day program will begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Lakefield Cemetery. In case of inclement weather, the service will move to Jackson County Central Middle School. Music will be by the JCC Band. Speaker will be Dave Fahlsing, Lakefield American Legion commander. A potluck dinner will follow at American Legion Post 4.
LAKE WILSON/WOODSTOCK: The American Legion Herbert Holtke Post No. 285 will pay tribute Monday at the following times: 9 a.m. Ellsborough Lutheran Cemetery (7.5 miles north of Lake Wilson); 9:15 a.m. Lutheran Cemetery (4 miles north of Lake Wilson); 9:45 a.m. St. Martin’s Cemetery, Woodstock; 10 a.m. Woodstock Cemetery, Diamond Corner; 10:30 Hillside Cemetery, Lake Wilson. A Memorial Day Service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Legion Hall in Lake Wilson. Commander Oslund will be the speaker, and Larry Henderson will give the Memorial Day address. A picnic dinner will follow.
LISMORE: The American Legion and Auxiliary will have a Memorial Day program at 10 a.m. Monday in the Lismore Legion hall. Military services will follow at St. Anthony, Lismore and St. Anthony West cemeteries. A community potluck meal will follow at the Legion hall.
JACKSON: A 7:30 a.m. Monday Mass is scheduled at Good Shepherd Cemetery, followed by a Memorial Day parade beginning at 9:15 a.m. that will extend from the American Legion into Ashley Park. A Memorial Day program will then take place in the park, followed a brief ceremony in Sunset Cemetery.
JASPER: Memorial Day services will begin at 10 a.m. Monday at Jasper Evangelical Lutheran church. Speaker will be Lt. Commander Doris Netvet, (retired) U.S. Navy. There will be a luncheon at Memorial Hall from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m after the program.
JEFFERS: The Memorial Day program will begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Red Rock Central Elementary School gymnasium. Following the program, there will be a military salute at the Jeffers Cemetery and a potluck dinner at the American Legion hall.
LAKEFIELD: A Memorial Day program will begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday in Lakefield Cemetery. In case of inclement weather, the program will take place at Jackson County Central Middle School. A potluck dinner will follow the program at the Lakefield American Legion.
LISMORE: The Lismore American Legion and Auxiliary will have a Memorial Day program at 10 a.m. Monday in the Lismore Legion Hall. The program will be followed by military services at the St. Anthony, Lismore, and St. Anthony West cemeteries, then a community potluck at the Legion Hall.
LUVERNE: The Rock County Veterans Memorial will be the site of a candlelight vigil at dusk Sunday to honor all veterans. A reception will follow at the Herreid Military Museum. In case of rain, the vigil will be in St. Catherine’s Church. A Memorial Day program will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at Maplewood Cemetery, with Rep. Joe Schomacker as guest speaker. The program is sponsored by the Rock County VFW and American Legion.
The Minnesota Veterans Home program will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday in the facility’s dining room. Participants will be Emma Verbrugge, Hannah Hoogland, Madi Oye and Dylan Thorson with military honors conducted by American Legion Post 123 and VFW Post 2757.
Also, following a 4 p.m. Memorial Day Mass at St. Catherine Cemetery, a monument to the Rev. Francis Sampson, who is buried in St. Catherine Cemetery, will be dedicated. Sampson’s story of service in World War II was the basis for the 1998 Academy Award-winning movie, “Saving Private Ryan,” starring Tom Hanks. The 6-foot-tall quartzite monument features a bronze plaque that tells the story of Sampson’s military career.
MOUNTAIN LAKE: The Memorial Day program will begin at 9 a.m. Monday at the Mountain Lake Public School auditorium. Speaker will be Brad Ommodt of rural Butterfield, who is retired from the Minnesota Army National Guard after deployments to Europe, Iraq and Afghanistan.
OKABENA: Memorial Day services will take place Monday at the following times and locations: 8:30 a.m., Grace Lutheran Cemetery; 8:50 a.m., Old Rost Cemetery; and 9:15 a.m., St. Paul’s Cemetery. A program will take place at 10 a.m. Monday at the Okabena American Legion, and will feature a prayer and address by Pastor Dale Hedstrom of St. Peter Lutheran and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.
PIPESTONE: The Memorial Day program will begin at 10 a.m. Monday at the west end of Lawnwood Cemetery. Speaker will be Lexington Carstensen, a Pipestone Area Schools senior who won a state Speech championship in Extemporaneous Reading this year. Lunch will follow at 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at American Legion Post 6. In the event of rain, the event will be in the American Legion.
ROUND LAKE: The Memorial Day program will begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday at American Legion Post 461. Speaker will be Army veteran and past Second District Vice Commander Bruce Kruger. A ceremony will follow at the Round Lake Cemetery, concluding with a light lunch served back at the post home.
SIOUX VALLEY: The Sioux Valley American Legion will host a Memorial Day service at 10 a.m. Monday at Sioux Valley Cemetery and an 11 a.m. program at Sioux Valley Trinity Lutheran Church. Jackson County Veterans Service Officer Jeff Johnson will give the keynote address. A potluck meal will follow.
STORDEN: Herbert Reese Post 391 will host a Memorial Day program at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Bethany Lutheran Church, Speaker will be Janelle Kay. Following the program, there will be a service in Storden City Park, with youths placing poppies on the crosses. A potluck dinner will follow at the Legion hall.
WESTBROOK: The Westbrook VFW Post 5098 and American Legion Post 152 will host a Memorial Day program at the Westbrook-Walnut Grove High School at 10:30 a.m. Monday. The WWG High School Band will perform. Services are also planned at 9 a.m. at Rosehill Cemetery and 9:15 a.m. at the Mennonite Cemetery. Following the 10:30 program, a ceremony will be in Westbrook Cemetery.
WILMONT: Wilmont Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2603 will conduct Memorial Day services Monday: 8:30 a.m., Reading Cemetery; 9:30 a.m., St. Kilian Cemetery; 10:30 a.m., Wilmont Cemetery. A light lunch and fellowship will follow the Wilmont service at the post hall. In case of inclement weather, a ceremony will be at 10:30 a.m. at the VFW hall. Old flags will be collected for decommissioning.
WINDOM: The Windom Memorial Day program will begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Windom Community Center. Emcee will be Babe Crowell, and speaker will be the Rev. Sarah Tade, lead pastor at Windom’s American Lutheran Church. Following the program, a memorial service will be at Lakeview Cemetery, with wreaths posted at the Civil War Memorial by American Legion members; a gun salute by Post 206 Honor Guard and the playing of “Taps.”

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