Community groups prepare to honor veterans with Memorial Day services
As Memorial Day approaches, area groups prepare to recognize the service of United States military veterans. Services are open to the public.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars will lead Memorial Day services in Albert Lea this year. Buried veterans will be honored beginning at 8 a.m. at Lakewood Cemetery, then at St. Theodore Cemetery at 8:15 a.m. and Hillcrest Cemetery at 8:45 a.m.
A memorial service for those fallen during conflict or war will follow at 9 a.m. at the Freeborn County Courthouse. The flag will be lowered and raised.
There will also be a ceremony at Fountain Lake Park at 9:30 a.m. A wreath will be thrown off the dock, and another will be dropped in the lake by float plane.
Events conclude at Graceland Cemetery at 11 a.m.
The Glenville American Legion will lead a service at 9:30 a.m. at First Lutheran Church at which names of the veterans buried in its cemetery will be read off. At 11 a.m., a similar service will be performed at Bohemian National Cemetery north of Myrtle.
Weather permitting, the Alden American Legion color guard will line up behind Alden-Conger Public Schools at 10 a.m. Memorial Day and march out to Alden Cemetery. Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts as well as a band will march along behind.
The ceremony at Alden Cemetery begins when they arrive, at approximately 10:30 or 10:45 a.m.
In case of rain, the ceremony will be at 10:45 a.m. in the school. Those who wish to attend the service should listen to KATE radio at 9 a.m. for an announcement should the weather require a venue change.
Following the service, a meal will be served at 11:30 a.m. in the school. Lunch is $10 for everyone.
Members of the Emmons American Legion will visit eight nearby cemeteries Monday, gathering at 8:30 a.m. and leaving at 8:45 a.m. The group will visit Lime Creek Synod at 9 a.m.; Lime Creek Cemetery at 9:15 a.m.; Oak Lawn Cemetery in Emmons at 9:30 a.m.; Silver Lake Cemetery at 9:50 a.m.; St. James Catholic Cemetery at 10:45 a.m.; Lunder Cemetery at 11 a.m.; Brush Hill Cemetery at 11:15 a.m. and Bear Lake Cemetery at 11:30 a.m.
Hartland-born retired Army Chaplain Mark Larson will speak at a 9 a.m. Hartland Memorial Day Service at Cross of Glory Lutheran Church in Hartland.
A Memorial Day service begins at 9 a.m. at Hollandale Cemetery. Those who attend are encouraged to bring a lawn chair. In case of rain, the service will occur at Hollandale Christian Reformed Church.
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