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Memorial Day services set in Willmar

Tribune file photo VFW president Twyla Bauch Scofield and American Legion president Donna Arends place a wreath on a stone in remembrance of unknown soldiers who died at war at the 2017 Memorial Day service at Fairview Cemetery in Willmar.

WILLMAR — Willmar veterans raised the Flags of Honor on Friday on the east side of Willmar Lake. Squads of veterans from the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, AMVets and others placed flags on the graves of every veteran in the area. On Memorial Day, the veterans will visit each cemetery where they will read the roll call, fire a rifle salute and play taps.

About 2,000 flags were put on veterans' graves.

The schedules for the Monday routes are as follows:

Willmar route: Vinje 7:45 a.m., Bethel 8, St. Mary's 8:15, Calvary 8:30, Homewood Park 8:45 a.m., flags of honor site 9 a.m.

Northwest route: St. John's 7:30 a.m., Salem Covenant 7:45, Mamrelund 8, Lundby 8:15, Church of God 8:30, Nannestad 8:40, Lake Florida 9:05 and Solomon Lake 9:15 a.m.

Northeast route: Long Lake 7:20 a.m., Eagle Lake 7:35, State Hospital 7:45, Cloverleaf 8:05, Tripolis 8:30, Oak Park 8:40, Oak Hill 8:50 and Svea 9:15 a.m.

Memorial Day Services

On Monday, the observance and program is at 11 a.m. at Fairview Cemetery in Willmar.

Auxiliary members and others will gather near the cemetery chapel at 10:30 a.m. to walk as a group to the observance to honor fallen comrades. Everyone is welcome to set up their lawn chairs and then join them for the short walk.

Doug Ardoff, DAV Commander, will give the welcome. Chaplain Fred Everson from Glen Oaks Care Center in New London will give both the invocation and benediction.

There will be an introduction of Gold Star parents and other special guests.

The program will include the presentation of General Logan's orders by Mateo Marin-Mera and Lincoln's Gettysburg Address by Evan Pallansch.

The address will be given by Ruben Hogland, WWII veteran.

There will be a silent tribute to the unknown soldiers and a wreath will be placed in their honor.

"In Flanders Field" will be read by Andrew Schulz, followed by the reading of the roll call of deceased veterans for the past year by Harley Anez.

The national anthem will be played by the Willmar High School band and there will be a flag-raising ceremony.

The Veterans Central Council Honor Guard will provide the rifle salute, followed by the band playing taps.

In case of inclement weather, the program will be held at the Willmar City Auditorium.

The flags of honor will be taken down at 5 p.m. Monday and the veterans will return to the cemeteries to remove the flags, weather permitting.

Families of deceased veterans in the Willmar area are reminded that extra flags and star markers for veterans' graves are available.

If a veteran's grave does not have a star marker and flag, one can be obtained in front of the chapel at Fairview Cemetery. There will also be some available at the Willmar Legion and VFW if needed at other cemeteries.

Afternoon celebration

An afternoon of music will begin at 12:30 p.m. at the Willmar Community Center.

The Willmar High School orchestra and band will perform.

Regional celebrations

Appleton: The Memorial Day program will begin at 9 a.m. Monday at the Appleton City Cemetery. Ed Peterson, a native of the Louisburg area, will give the address.

Atwater: The Memorial Day program will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Atwater Community Center. The "Freedom Brigade," a children's group, will present a program.

Belgrade: The Memorial Day program will be at 11 a.m. the BBE High School.

Benson: The Memorial Day parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. Monday in front of the junior high auditorium and end at the cemetery. A program at the cemetery will follow the parade.

Bird Island: The Memorial Day program will begin at 8:45 a.m. at the BOLD school in Bird Island. Pastor Mandy France will give the address.

Brooten: The Memorial Day program will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Legion Park. Pastor Rick Krasky will give the address.

Clara City: The Memorial Day program will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the MACCRAY Senior High. Tim Kolhei, Chippewa County Veterans Service Officer, will give the address.

Clarkfield: The Memorial Day program will be at 9 a.m. Monday in the Clarkfield School. Cody Mills will give the address. It will be followed by a ceremony at the Clarkfield City Cemetery.

Clontarf: The Memorial Day program will be at 8 a.m. at the cemetery.

Cosmos: The Memorial Day program will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Cosmos park. The speaker will be Michael Kutzke.

Danube: The Memorial Day program will be at 9 a.m. Monday at the Danube school auditorium. Ben Schroeder will give the address.

Dawson: The Memorial Day parade will form at the city library at 10 a.m. Monday and go to the Dawson Cemetery for the 11 a.m. program. The address will be given by retired Sgt. Marty Wold.

DeGraff: The Memorial Day Mass is at 10 a.m. at St. Bridget's followed by a program at the cemetery.

Echo: The Memorial Day program will be at 10 30 a.m. at the Echo Community Center. Annie Kvistad will give the address.

Granite Falls: A Memorial Day program will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Veterans Park along the river in downtown. Dick Love will give the address.

Grove City: A Memorial Day program will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Trinity Lutheran Church.

Hancock: The Memorial Day program will be at 10 a.m. at Lakeside Cemetery near Page Lake.

Hanley Falls: The Memorial Day program will be at 9:15 a.m. Monday at Yellow Medicine Lutheran Church. Mike Oftedahl will give the address.

Hector: The Memorial Day program will begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the BLHS High School in Hector. Pastor Tyler Heerdt will give the address.

Kerkhoven: Memorial Day will start with a traditional breakfast from 7 to 9 a.m. at the Civic Center. A program will be at 10 a.m. at Hillside Cemetery.

Litchfield: The Memorial Day program will begin at 10:15 a.m. at Lake Ripley Cemetery. Commander Mark Schumann will give the address.

Madison: The Memorial Day program will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the cemetery. Sean Fransen, Minnesota National Guard, will give the address.

Maynard: The Memorial Day program will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Maynard Event Center. Rep. Tim Miller will give the address.

Milan: The Memorial Day program will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Milan Community Center gym. A program in narration and song will be presented by the Chord-Ayres and the Milan Area Community Band.

Montevideo: The Memorial Day program will be at 11 a.m. at Sunset Memorial Cemetery. Senator Andrew Lang will give the address.

Morris: The Memorial Day program will be at 9 a.m. at the National Guard Armory followed by a parade to the Veterans Memorial on Seventh Street and College Avenue where VFW Post 5039 will conduct a short service including the laying of wreaths.

New London: The Memorial Day program will be at 11:30 a.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery. Rev. Wayne Kopitzke will give the address.

Olivia: The Memorial Day program will be at 10:45 a.m. Monday at the National Guard Armory. Pastor Matt Hausken will give the address.

Paynesville: The Memorial Day program will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Paynesville school auditorium. Anoka County Attorney Tony Palumbo will give the address.

Raymond: The Memorial Day parade will begin at 9 a.m. Monday at the school and proceed to Fairview Cemetery for the 112th annual program with Pastor Aaron Greydanus of Raymond Christian Reformed Church giving the address. The parade will reassemble and proceed to St. John's Lutheran Cemetery for another program, with the address given by the Pastor Joyce Graue from St. John's Lutheran Church. Afterward the Legion will have its annual meeting at the community center.

Renville: The Memorial Day program will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Community Center. Sacred Heart: The Memorial Day program will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Sacred Heart School. Kelly Skalbeck will give the address.

Spicer: The Memorial Day program will be at 9:45 a.m. at Pirrotta Park in downtown Spicer. Rick and Tracy Clark will give the address.

Wood Lake: The Memorial Day program will be at 10:30 a.m. at the Wood Lake Community Center. Patrick Nelson will give the address.

Donna Middleton

Coordinates calendars/listings (Church, Good Neighbors, Arts, Around Our Region) along with School and Students and handles letters to the editor. Began working part time at West Central Daily Tribune in 1975, working evenings in the sports department. Moved to news department fulltime days in September 1994. Married to retired Tribune sportswriter/photographer Rand Middleton. 2 grown children.

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