Memorial Day celebrations include services, events in area communities

Published 10:48 pm Friday, May 25, 2018

As the nation remembers and pays homage to members of the United States military services, Albert Lea and its surrounding communities will mark the holiday with services and other events Monday.


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The day’s events begin at 7 a.m. with honors rendered at Lakeview Cemetary by the Albert Lea combined memorial squad. A ceremony will follow at 7:15 a.m. at St. Theodore cemetery, followed by honors provided again at Hillcrest Cemetery at 7:45 a.m.

At 8:15 a.m., the combined memorial squad will also be present at a ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Park at the Freeborn County Courthouse.

The day also includes a special wreath-dropping ceremony at Fountain Lake to honor deceased Navy veterans. Wreaths will be dropped in Fountain Lake, and will be accompanied by a 9 a.m. fly-in, conducted by Jerry Hanson.

The day’s events in Albert Lea conclude with an 11 a.m. ceremony at Graceland Cemetery, led by American Legion Post 56 Commander Paul Nolette and preceded by a 10:45 a.m. patriotic performance by the Albert Lea Community Band. The last portion of the ceremony will be a laying-on of wreaths to honor fallen servicemen and -women, a rifle volley and taps. The Careyaires will then play songs honoring each branch of the service.

Should the weather not cooperate, the final ceremony at Graceland Cemetery will instead occur in the Albert Lea High School auditorium. Information updates regarding the ceremony will be posted on the Legion’s Facebook page and announced on KATE radio.



Emmons American Legion members will spend the morning visiting eight nearby cemeteries Monday. The group will assemble at the Legion at 8:30 a.m. and depart at 8:45 a.m. for the cemeteries. Those visiting the cemeteries will follow this schedule:

Lime Creek Synod: 9 a.m.

Like Creek: 9:15 a.m.

Oak Lawn: 9:30 a.m.

Silver Lake: 9:50 a.m.

St. James Catholic: 10:45 a.m.

Lunder: 11 a.m.

Brush Hill: 11:15 a.m.

Bear Lake: 11:30 a.m.



The Hartland community will have a Memorial Day service at 9 a.m. Monday at Cross of Glory Church featuring speaker Ron Reule. Reule is the Freeborn County Veteran Services officer.


Clarks Grove

Clarks Grove will mark Memorial Day with a service at 9 a.m. at the Clarks Grove cemetery. Inclement weather means the service will be moved indoors to First Baptist Church in Clarks Grove.

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