Memorial Day services announced for the area

Memorial Day remembers soldiers who perished in war

Memorial Day is Monday, May 28, a time to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to serve and protect this country.

Troops in the Spotlight: 24-hour event sponsored by Cape Cod Cares for the Troops honoring veterans, Wounded Warriors and Gold Star and Blue Star families. This year it falls on Monday, May 28 and a number of Greene County communities are hosting ceremonies to recognize its true meaning.

1 p.m. - Wilbur Broughton American Legion Post 611, Stewardson, will have Memorial Day services at Stewardson Cemetery.

Wilkin said the firing of a rifle salute is a symbolic difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held in the City Hall auditorium. He will recognize all the units participating in the ceremony and thank them for their service.

The parade will start at noon on the corner of Kinsey and Main Street and end at the Caledonia Lakeside Cemetery for a ceremony. May 28 with services at Byron Cemetery, 3256 Trebein Road in Fairborn, with State Representative and veteran Rick Perales expected to speak. Music provided by the Altamont Community High School Band.

After the breakfast, there will be a parade and Memorial Day ceremonies at the bandstand.

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Monday - The American Legion Essman-Schroeder Post No. 20 of Waterford announces these Memorial Day services: North Cape Cemetery, 8 a.m.; Norway Cemetery, 8:20 a.m.; St. Peter Cemetery, 8:40 a.m.; Waterford bridge ceremony, 9:30 a.m.; St. Thomas Aquinas Cemetery, 9:45 a.m.; Oakwood Cemetery, 10:15 a.m.; Caldwell Cemetery, 10:30 a.m.; Honey Creek bridge ceremony, 11 a.m.; Honey Creek Cemetery, 11:10 a.m.; Rochester Cemetery, 11:30 a.m.; English Settlement Cemetery, 12:40 p.m.; Rosewood Cemetery, 12:55 p.m.; Rochester Parade, 1:30 p.m.; and Rochester Park program, 2 p.m.

American Legion Post 208 will be organizing the Memorial Day parade in Kentwood this year. It will step off at 10 a.m. and proceed north on Broadway, right onto Pleasant Street and right onto Charles Street for a ceremony.

Mahtomedi: 10 a.m.at Lakeview Cemetery and 11 a.m.at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, both on County Line Road/Minnesota 120 south of County Road E. Guest speaker Cmdr. The program will begin with a welcome by Commander Lyle Gordon followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, a reading by Legion member Bob Belden, a reading by Auxiliary member Mary Belden and a selection by the West Central Band.

Activities will begin with a 1 p.m. event Saturday in Highland featuring the Fairfield High School Band and American Legion Post 568. 9 a.m. memorial service at the Pioneer Pavilion. A ceremony will follow at Ridgewood Cemetery.

Light refreshments will be served.

Joining the legion on the march were Boy Scouts, who debuted a fife and drum corps, the Fire Department, and members of the Coast Guard, which still operated lifesaving stations here in 1931. A 10th US Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers Commemoration will take place at 11 a.m. and a butterfly release is scheduled for noon.

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A long list of Memorial Day observances will be held in around Highland County over the weekend beginning Saturday and continuing though Monday afternoon.

World War Veterans and the American Legion, accompanied by the American Legion Auxiliaries, will assemble at the World War I and Veterans Memorial in Wood Memorial Park at 9:15 a.m. Wreaths will be placed at World War I, World War II, Korean and Vietnam monuments by the American Legion Auxiliary.

Following the service uptown, food will be provided at the VFW Post for anyone that wants to stop by.

Memorial Day, formerly known as Decoration Day, originated in the 19th Century following the Civil War. The parade will wind down Mammoth to the Town Common for traditional services.

Monday, 9 a.m. - Memorial Day Mass in the cemetery at St. Bridget's Church, 2136 St. Bridget's Road NE.

Following VanDyke's talk, there will be a Wreath Laying Ceremony, a 21-Gun Salute, Taps and the releasing of doves by AMVET member Henry Ebbelaar. The "avenue of flags" will be posted at the entrance of the park.

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