Memorial Day services planned across the county

Memorial Day services to honor and remember veterans will be held throughout the Morrison County and surrounding areas.

The events are open to the public and include:

Sunday, May 27 — 

Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery: An instrumental prelude by the Richfield Symphonic Band will begin at 1:30 p.m., and the traditional parade of flags will open the formal program at 1:55 p.m. Vocal music will be provided by “Water into Wine”

The keynote speaker for the day is Maj. Gen. Richard C. Nash, adjutant general of the Minnesota Army National Guard. In addition, U.S. Congressman Amy Klobuchar is expected to attend.

Little Falls Artist Charles Kapsner, who is working on the second of five 8-foot by 10-foot paintings depicting the history of the U.S. military, will be on hand from noon – 4 p.m. The first painting, that of the history of the U.S. Army is now permanently on display in Committal Hall at the cemetery. Kapsner has begun the second painting — the U.S. Navy, and will have available for view several photos showing various components of this painting.

Immediately following the program, coffee, punch and cookies, will be served by the Little Falls American Legion Auxiliary.

The Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery is located at 15550 Highway 115, Little Falls, adjacent to Highway 371, seven miles north of Little Falls

Monday, May 28 — 

During ceremonies throughout the nation, veterans are remembered for their service and sacrifice Memorial Day. Pictured during 2011 services at the Oakland Cemetery in Little Falls are (from left): Members of the Minnesota National Guard’s honor guard team, Private Kelsey Moyer of Albertville, Staff Sgt. Matt Pantzke of St. Joseph and Staff Sgt. Dale Oeltjen of Sartell, and bugler Jerry Fedor of Little Falls, who played “Taps.” The public is invited to take part in the many Memorial Day services around the county.

Bowlus: A Memorial Day Mass will be held at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Bowlus at 8 a.m. The Bowlus American Legion Post #642 will visit the North Prairie cemetery at 9 a.m., the Masog Bridge at 9:30 a.m., Evangelical Cemetery in Elmdale at 10 a.m. and St. Edward’s Catholic Church Cemetery in Elmdale at 10:15 a.m. Participants will return to the Bowlus Church Cemetery at 11 a.m. and raise the flag at the Bowlus City Park at 11:30 a.m.

Flensburg: Memorial Day services will begin with an 8:30 a.m. Mass at Sacred Heart Church in Flensburg. The Legionnaires will hold memorial services including the playing of “Taps” at the Flensburg cemetery at 9:15 a.m.; the Sobieski Cemetery at 9:45 a.m., and the Culdrum Cemetery at 10:30 a.m. A meal will be served at noon at the Flensburg American Legion.

Hillman: A bus will leave the Hillman American Legion Post 602 at 8:30 a.m. sharp for services at the following cemeteries: St. John’s in Ramey at 9 a.m., Chesney Cemetery in Ramey at 9:20 a.m., St. Elizabeth’s in Brennyville at 9:30 a.m.; St. Joseph’s in Morrill at 10 a.m. and Lone Pine Cemetery in Morrill at 10:20 a.m.

The group will then proceed to Pine Tree in Hillman at 10:50 a.m., Lakeview in Hillman at 11:05 a.m., Holy Family at Bulldog Lake at 11:20 a.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hillman, at 12:30 p.m. and St. Rita’s Catholic Church, Hillman, at 12:45 p.m.

Little Falls: A Memorial Day Mass will be held at the Camp Ripley Chapel at 8:30 a.m. At 10:30 a.m., the Little Falls American Legion and the Little Falls VFW will take part in a parade of flags and a short remembrance program, beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the Oakland Cemetery in Little Falls. Following the program, a light lunch will be served at the American Legion in Little Falls. 

Pierz: The Pierz Legion and Auxiliary Post 341 will observe Memorial Day with services at St. John’s Catholic Church in Lastrup, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Following will be a short service at the church cemetery and the placing of poppies on veterans’ graves.

Randall: A Memorial Day program will be held at the Cushing Baptist Church in Cushing, at 10:15 a.m. The Randall VFW Post 9073 will be at the Union Cemetery at 11 a.m.

Rice: Three ceremonies will be conducted in Rice, beginning at 9:30 a.m., with an abbreviated ceremony at the Langola Township Cemetery. At 10:30 a.m., a full service with the Sauk Rapids Band in attendance will be held at the Rice Memorial Monument, directly across from the Creamery Cafe. A third service will be held at the Graham United Methodist Church Cemetery, at approximately 11:20 a.m. Visitors are encouraged to bring a lawn chair for comfort. Brats and burgers will be served at the Rice Legion, starting at about 11 a.m.

Royalton: The Royalton American Legion will honor fallen soldiers at four area cemeteries. At 8:45 a.m. Legion members will meet at the Royalton American Legion. At 9:15 a.m., members will be visit the Bellevue Cemetery; at 9:30 a.m. the Riverside Cemetery; at 9:45 a.m. they will stop at the Platte River Bridge and at 10 a.m. at the Holy Trinity cemetery. At 10:15 a.m., the flag will be raised at the Royalton American Legion.

Swanville: The Swanville VFW Post 6037 and the Swanville American Legion Post 313 will host a 10 a.m. program at the Swanville School. The Swanville High School band will provide music. Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel Smith from Camp Ripley will speak. Following will be a parade from the school to First Street. Buses will take people to Springbrook Cemetery for a short program.

Upsala: The Upsala American Legion Post 350 will conduct a Memorial Day Program at 10 a.m. in the Upsala School gym. A parade follows down Main Street to the city park with a brief ceremony. A fundraising lunch will be served in the park by the Upsala First Response team.