Many Memorial Day services will be held within the area on Monday including ceremonies in Good Thunder, Bell Plaine and New Auburn. The Good Thunder service will be held at Lyra Cemetery at 10:15 am on Monday. Belle Plaine’s ceremony will be at 11 a.m. at the Veteran Memorial Park. Shakopee Patrol officer Molly Moonen is scheduled as the guest speaker in the service. In case of the inclement of weather the service will be held at the Belle Plaine’s Veteran Club. New Auburn will hold its memorial service at 11 a.m. in the High Island Cemetery. The ceremony will include a roll call of deceased veterans and a message from Pastor Bill Nelson.
Memorial Day services and rites will be held in Lake Crystal as well as in Judson this Monday. The Lake Crystal service will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial. The service will also feature a speech on the right to vote by senior Oliva Flack. The memorial service in Judson will begin at 2 p.m. at Hebron Cemetery with lunch following the service. In case of the inclement of weather the service will be held at American Legion Post in Nicollet.
Saint Peter’s Memorial Day Service will begin at 10:30 in Minnesota Square Park. Gaylord’s Memorial Day program will be held at the Veteran Memorial in City Park at 10 a.m. The program will be presented by legion post 433 with Father Aaron Johaneck as the speaker. Prior to the program the Gaylord legion will hold ceremonies at the Trinity Lutheran Church.
Brown County Veterans Services Officer Greg Peterson said several communities will be holding Memorial Day observances, including New Ulm. New Ulm’s parade will begin at 9:00 a.m. Followed by an observance – 10 am (in case of rain, services will be held at te Community Center on North German Street). Student speakers include Peter Spengler and Grace Peterson. Comfrey will be decorating graves on Sunday night and have their program Monday at 11 with a meal at the Community Center. Sleepy Eye’s program at Home Cemetery will begin at 9:45 with a flyover at 10. Randy Reinharts and Beth Zuhlsdorf will be speaking, the program will then continue in Leavenworth Cemetery. And Springfield’s program will take place in the evening at 5p.m. in the Springfield Public School Auditorium. Noncommissioned Officer in Charge for the US Army National Guard Personnel Policy Mobilization and Readiness Branch Master Sergeant Jeffrey Vogel, formerly of Springfield, will be the speaker.
Green Isle will have a program at the Green Isle Community School at 11:30 a.m. The guest speaker will be Father Jerry Berger. A community potluck will follow the program at 12:30. There will be a program at the Wanda Legion Hall with an address from Father Tony Hesse (Hess), lunch will follow with a free will offering donated to the Wanda Legion. There will be a program at the Sanborn Veterans Memorial at 10 a.m., the address will be given by Veterans Services Officer Dustin Hunter. There will be a service at the Lamberton American Legion hall at 10:30 with a potluck following the program. And in Lucan, there will be a service at the Community Center at 6:30 with a patriotic concert at 7.
A program is being held at 6 p.m. at the National Guard Armory in Redwood Falls. The keynote address will be by Dustin Hunter, American Legion Post 38 commander and Redwood County veterans service officer. Refreshments will be served at the American Legion following the program. The Wabasso American Legion Post #263 will host a program at the Wabasso Community Center at 10 a.m. And in Madelia they will be laying a wreath at the Madelia Veterans Memorial at 9 a.m., along with a short program by members of the Veterans Memorial Committee, followed by a parade at 9:30, with a program starting immediately afterward at Madelia Elementary School. There will be a Mass starting at 11:15 a.m. at Calvary Cemetery, a potluck will be at the American Legion Social Hall at 12:15.