Weekend Planner: Memorial Day ceremonies set

Published 9:34 am Thursday, May 24, 2012

Monday is Memorial Day, the federal holiday that is celebrated the last Monday in May. Formerly known as Decoration Day, the holiday started after the Civil War to commemorate fallen soldiers. More recently it’s observed to remember all men and women who died while serving in the armed forces. Read on for events in Albert Lea and the surrounding communities.



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• See “One Mission, Two Lives,” the art show featuring the collection of Thoburn and Marjorie Thompson at the Albert Lea Art Center. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


• Bancroft Bay Park will see lots of disc golfers competing in the Bancroft Bay Open disc golf tournament that starts with a 10 a.m. tee.

• See “One Mission, Two Lives,” the art show featuring the collection of Thoburn and Marjorie Thompson at the Albert Lea Art Center. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• A fundraiser lunch for the Hayward Cemetery will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hayward Lutheran Church’s social hall. There will be a short program at 1 p.m. Menu includes pulled pork sandwiches, salad, baked beans, pickles, juice and coffee. Donations will be accepted.

Monday, Memorial Day

Albert Lea events:

• Wreaths will be placed on a few graves early Monday morning. The first will be laid at 7 a.m. in Lakewood Cemetery on the grave site of Freemond Madson, about 15 minutes later the program moves to St. Theodore Cemetery to place a wreath on the grave site of Leo Carey and at 7:50 a.m. a wreath will be placed at the county memorial and women veterans location.

• At 10 a.m. a parade will start on Water Street north of Central Park and proceed north to St. Mary Ave. to Fountain Street then travel east on Fountain to Broadway Avenue the south to Clark Street, then turn west to travel to Clark Street to West Street.

• Albert Lea’s Memorial Day service will be at 11 a.m. at Graceland Cemetery, hosted by the American Legion with 1st Sgt. Ole Olson as the guest speaker. In case of inclement weather the service will be held at the auditorium at Albert Lea High School.


Other city’s events:

• The Emmons American Legion Post No. 317 will host traditional visits starting at 8 a.m. to seven cemeteries: Lime Creek, Oak Lawn, Silver Lake, St. James Catholic, Brush Hill and Bear Lake. At 11:30 a.m. will be a potluck dinner at the Emmons Legion.

• Memorial Day Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. at the Twin Lake Cemetery.

• The Women of the ELCA at Silver Lake Lutheran Church near Northwood, Iowa, will host Memorial Day lunch from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Menu includes sloppy joes, potato salad, pies, bars and coffee.

• Hartland’s Memorial Day services start at 9 a.m. with a parade from the bank corner to Cross of Glory Church for a program. Jerry Morstad will speak.

• The Bohemian National Cemetery north of Myrtle will hold services at 11 a.m. with dinner immediately following at the Brick Hall.

• The Glenville American Legion Post No. 264 will host Memorial Day services at 9:30 a.m. at Greenwood Cemetery and at 11 a.m. at the Bohemian National Cemetery.