The flags of Memorial Day

Published 1:15 pm Saturday, May 29, 2010

Memorial Day 2010 will be observed with special programs at area cemeteries with several parades, prayer services, speeches, special honors for deceased military veterans, family reunions and remembrances for deceased relatives and friends in Albert Lea and nearby communities.

This is a partial listing of the area observances on Monday.

Albert Lea

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Memorial Day observances start at 7 a.m. at Lakewood Cemetery with graveside rites honoring Freemond Madson, namesake of Albert Lea’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 447. This salute will be followed with graveside rites for Leo Carey, namesake of American Legion Post 56, at nearby St. Theodore’s Cemetery at about 7:15 a.m. A special ceremony for veterans buried in Hillcrest Cemetery will be held about 7:40 a.m. This may be followed with a special salute to the veterans, living and deceased, now honored at the Freeborn County Veterans Memorial near the corner of South Broadway Avenue and East College Street.

A flag-raising ceremony and memorial service for those buried at sea will be at 9 a.m. in Fountain Lake Park. A wreath will be cast into the water from the shore. Another wreath will be dropped into the lake from an aircraft, weather permitting. A volley fire by the American Legion color guard will be made and “Taps” will be played.

The annual Memorial Day Parade starts at 10 a.m. from Central Park. The route is north on St. Mary Avenue to Fountain Street, then east to Broadway Avenue, south on Broadway past the Legion Hall to Clark Street, then west on Clark to Central Park.

The program at Graceland Cemetery will start at 11 a.m.

This year’s program is under the direction of Leo Carey Post 56 of the

American Legion. The theme for both the parade and program this year is “Women Veterans of Freeborn County.”

Post Cmdr. Rex Stotts will be the master of ceremonies. The speaker will be Rhonda K. Allison. Also on the program will be the Placing of the Wreaths by representatives of Albert Lea veterans organizations, plus Minnesota National Guard Gold Star parents Don and Deb Goodnature and POW-MIA representative Al Brooks. The Careyaires men’s vocal group and the Albert Lea High School band will provide patriotic music for the Graceland Cemetery program.

Also, a 9:15 a.m. Memorial Day Mass will be held at St. Theodore’s Catholic Cemetery with Bishop John Quinn of the Diocese of Winona officiating. A Memorial Day Mass will be held in St. James Catholic Cemetery, rural Twin Lakes, at 10:30 a.m.. Those attending are asked to bring lawn chairs. In case of weather problems, a decision will be made and announced on KATE radio if the masses are to be moved to the churches.

A luminary memorial program will be held in Hillcrest Cemetery starting at 7 p.m.


Members of American Legion Post 317, Emmons, will be making their traditional visits to seven nearby cemeteries on Monday morning. The group will assemble at the Legion clubrooms in Emmons at 8:30 a.m. and leave for the cemeteries at 8:45 a.m. The schedule is: Lime Creek Synod (Iowa), 9 a.m.; Lime Creek, 9:15 a.m.; Oak Lawn at Emmons, 9:30 a.m.; Silver Lake (Iowa), 9:50 a.m.; St. James Catholic, 10:45 a.m.; Brush Hill, 11 a.m.; and Bear Lake at 11:15 a.m.

The annual potluck dinner will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the post clubroom in Emmons.


A service will be held at noon on Monday at the Oakland Lutheran Cemetery, 22042 850th Ave., Albert Lea. An honor guard will participate. Coffee and refreshments right after noon, sponsored by the cemetery association, will be held at the church.


Memorial Day ceremonies will be held at the Bohemian National Cemetery north of Myrtle on County Road 30 at 11 a.m. A lunch will follow at the nearby Brick Hall.

The Myrtle Museum may be open from 12:30 to 3 p.m. on Monday.

Clarks Grove

A special observance will be held at 9 a.m. in the Clarks Grove Cemetery. Jeff Schei will be the speaker.


A special observance will be held at 9:45 a.m. at St. Aiden’s Catholic Cemetery.

New Richland

Starting at 8:30 a.m., an honor guard from Andrew Borgen American Legion Post 75 and area citizens will visit the following cemeteries: Calvary, St. Peter, St. Olaf, Le Sueur, Vista Lutheran and Vista Covenant.

The program at Central Park starts at 11 a.m. Music will be furnished by the New Richland-Hartland/Ellendale-Geneva High School band.


The Memorial Day program in Ellendale is scheduled to start at 11:15 a.m. at the First Lutheran Cemetery. Music will be provided by the New Richland-Hartland/Ellendale-Geneva Middle School band.


The honor guard squad from American Legion Post 404 will salute the deceased at Concordia-Pickerel Lake Cemetery at 8:30 a.m., Shady Oaks Cemetery at 8:45 a.m., Conger Cemetery at 9 a.m., followed by the Carlston Cemetery. The Memorial Day parade will form on the east side of the school building at 10 a.m. and proceed to the Alden Cemetery for the annual observance and program featuring Glen Mathiason as the speaker. The Alden-Conger High School band will participate in the parade and program.

A dinner will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Alden-Conger School. In case of adverse weather, the Memorial Day program will be held in the Alden-Conger School.


A Memorial Day program in Glenville will start at 9:30 a.m. in Greenwood Cemetery.

A lunch will be held at First Lutheran Church, sponsored by the Greenwood Club of Glenville. Serving will start at 11 a.m. The public is invited.


The Memorial Day observances in Hartland will be at Cross of Glory Lutheran Church, starting with a parade from the bank corner to the church at 9 a.m. Music will be by the New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva High School band. Rick Ledding of Hartland is scheduled to be the main speaker. A lunch will follow in the church hall.


A 9 a.m. Memorial Day service will be held at the Hollandale Cemetery. The speaker will be Rev. Neal Ooms. In case of rain, the program will take place at the Hollandale Christian Reformed Church.


A program conducted by members of Gilmore-Stensrud Post 552, American Legion, will be held in the Freeborn City and Township Hall at 11 a.m. state Sen. Dan Sparks will be the speaker. A luncheon will be held at the Freeborn Congregational United Church of Christ starting at 11 a.m.


Memorial Day services at the Geneva Community Cemetery will start at 10:15 a.m. Music will be furnished by the New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva Middle School band.

In case of bad weather, the program will be held in the Geneva Community Center.

Northwood, Iowa

Memorial Day ceremonies start at 11 a.m. at Sunset Rest Cemetery. The Rev. Erich Hoeft is the featured speaker. Members of the Northwood-Kensett High School Band will provide the music.

A potluck dinner will be held at Our Buddies VFW Post 6779 home in Northwood.

Lake Mills, Iowa

The Memorial Day parade will start at Arlington Park and go to the Lake Mills Community High School at 9:30 p.m. The 10 a.m. program takes in the auditorium with the invocation by Rev. Doug Domokos and Jim Scholbrock as the speaker.


Kiester American Legion Post 454 Cmdr. Gary Oppedal will lead the Memorial Day program starting at 11 a.m. at the Kee Town and Country Centre. A steak and hamburger fry will be held at the Legion Hall following the program and is open to the public.

The Kiester American Legion Drill Squad will visit area cemeteries on Memorial Day. The schedule includes Trinity, 7:30 p.m.; Mansfield Township, 8:40 a.m.; Walters, 8:50 a.m.; Walters Country, 9:15 a.m.; and Rice Lake, 9:30 a.m.


The parade will form at 9 a.m. on Broadway near the Wells Bake Shop and will move out at 9:30 a.m. going west to the community’s two cemeteries on Minnesota Highway 109.

The program will start at 10 a.m. Music will be by the United South Central High School Band and the speaker will be Bernard J. Steinhauer. In case of rain, the program will take place in the United South Central High School Auditorium at 10 a.m.

Coffee and doughnuts will be served in the Wells VFW Club and the public is invited.