Memorial Day services held countywide to honor deceased veterans

Memorial Day services to honor and remember veterans will be held throughout the Morrison County and surrounding areas. Most services will be held Monday, with the exception of the services at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery.

The events are open to the public and include:

Sunday, May 26 — 

During ceremonies throughout the nation, Memorial Day is a time to remember deceased veterans. At the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, American flags are placed at the marker of each of the more than 3,000 veterans laid to rest there.
During ceremonies throughout the nation, Memorial Day is a time to remember deceased veterans. At the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, American flags are placed at the marker of each of the more than 3,000 veterans laid to rest there.

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.

The keynote speaker for the day is Lt. Col. Chad Sackett, Deputy Post Commander, Camp Ripley. This year’s Parade Marshal is Robert Mace, member of the Waite Park American Legion Post 428.

A placing of wreaths and the first public showing of the U.S. Navy painting commissioned for the Veterans Educational Historic Project will also be featured at the event. The Military Museum at Camp Ripley will also be open for visitors.

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

Monday, May 27 — 

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 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.; the Culdrum Cemetery at 10:30 a.m. and the Bethany Parker Cemetery at about 10:45 a.m. A meal will be served at noon at the Flensburg American Legion.

Hillman: A bus leaves 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., North Benton at 9:45 a.m., St. Joseph’s in Morrill at 10 a.m. and Lone Pine Cemetery in Morrill at 10:25 a.m.

The group will proceed to Pine Tree in Hillman at 11:05 a.m., Lakeview in Hillman at 11:20 a.m., Holy Family at Bulldog Lake at 11:30 a.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hillman, at 12:30 p.m., St. Rita’s Catholic Church, Hillman, at 12:45 p.m. and back to the Hillman American Legion at 1:15 p.m.

Each year, veterans from the American Legion Post 46, Little Falls, place American flags on the graves of all the deceased veterans who are buried in Oakland, St. Mary’s, St. Adelbert and Darling cemeteries. The flags are usually placed the Thursday before Memorial Day. Anyone whose loved one was missed, can call the American Legion, (320) 632-5944. Anyone whose flag at home is tattered can purchase a new one at the American Legion. Monday, during Memorial Day ceremonies at Oakland Cemetery, a flag will be raised at the American Legion gravesite and flown in honor of James R. Anderson. Pictured after placing 450 flags at Oakland Cemetery are front row, sitting on a bench placed in honor of Anderson are: Jack Ring, left, Legion second vice commander and veteran Willie Zack. Back row: Charley Sprandl, who has placed flags for 37 years, Chuck Volbert, John Sandstrom and Bob Klosowski, Legion Americanism chair. Not pictured are Jerry and Arlene Waldvogel, John Allerman, Elaine Doucette and Marv Allerman.

Little Falls: A Memorial Day Mass, sponsored by the Little Falls Knights of Columbus and the American Legion, will be held at the Camp Ripley Chapel at 8:30 a.m. At 10:30 a.m., the Little Falls American Legion Post 46, the Little Falls VFW Post 1112 and the Camp Ripley rifle team will conduct a Memorial Day program at Oakland Cemetery in Little Falls.

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

Randall: The Randall VFW Post 9073 will conduct a Memorial Day program beginning at the Dr. S.G. Knight School at 9:30 a.m. Following the service at school, the group will go to the Veterans Park in Randall, about 10:20 a.m. and continue to the St. James Catholic Church Cemetery, about 10:40 a.m.; the Community Cemetery at about 11 a.m. and the Cushing Union Cemetery about 11:15 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 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 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 and Kristina VonBerge, a retired captain from the Minnesota Army National Guard will be the guest speaker. 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.