Observances, parades set on Memorial Day
Willmar veterans will raise the Flags of Honor at 7 a.m. today on the east side of Willmar Lake.
Squads of veterans from the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans and others will place flags on the graves of every veteran grave 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 1,657 flags will be put on veterans' graves.
The schedules for the routes are as follows:
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.
St. John's 7:30 a.m., Salem Covenant 7:45, Mamre 8, Lundby 8:15, Church of God 8:30, Nannestad 8:40, Lake Florida 9:05 and Solomon Lake 9:15 a.m.
Long Lake 7:20 a.m., Eagle Lake 7:35, State Hospital 7:45, Cloverleaf 8:05, Tripolis 8:30, Oak Park 8:40, Oakwood 8:50, Svea 9:15 a.m.
On Monday, the observance and program is at 11 a.m. at Fairview Cemetery.
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.
Les Kaenel, commander of the Veterans Central Council, will give the welcome. American Legion Chaplain Andrew R. Olson will give both the invocation and benediction. The Willmar High School Band will perform patriotic selections.
The program includes a presentation of General Logan's orders by Alex Benavidez and Lincoln's Gettysburg Address by Morgan Hoffer.
There will be an introduction of Gold Star parents and other special guests.
The memorial address will be given by Dale Wittrock, VFW National officer.
There will be a silent tribute to the unknown soldiers and a wreath will be placed in honor of them.
"In Flanders Field" will be read by Blake Graves followed by the reading of the roll call of deceased veterans for the past year by Zack Morris.
The band will play the national anthem, there will be a flag-raising ceremony, and Willmar Air Service will drop poppies and forget-me-nots over the lake in tribute to the veterans buried at sea and overseas.
The Veterans Central Council honor guard will provide the rifle salute, followed by taps. In case of bad 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 flag, one can be obtained in front of the chapel at Fairview. There will be some at the Willmar Legion if needed at other cemeteries.
Memorial Day programs in area:
Appleton: The Memorial Day program will begin at 9 a.m. Monday at the Appleton Cemetery Memorial Mall; Erling Kolke will give the address.
Atwater: The Memorial Day program will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Atwater Community Center; Navy Commander Alan Moll will give the address.
Bechyn: The program will be at 9 a.m. Monday in the church cemetery in Bechyn.
Benson: The Memorial Day parade will begin at 10 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; Nancy Standfuss will give the address.
Blomkest: Blomkest Baptist Church will have a short program at noon Sunday at the church cemetery followed by a program at 12:15 p.m. at Evergreen Cemetery.
Brooten: The Memorial Day program will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Legion Park; the Rev. Bryant Kaden will give the address.
Clara City: The Memorial Day program will begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the MACCRAY Senior High; Sgt. 1st Class Matt Rosen, who recently returned from a deployment to Iraq, will give the address.
Clarkfield: The Memorial Day program will be at 9 a.m. Monday in the Clarkfield School; the Rev. John Lingenfelder 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 St. Malachy's cemetery followed by coffee and rolls.
Cosmos: The Memorial Day program will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the American Legion. The speaker will be Richard Wog; potluck dinner to follow.
Danube: The Memorial Day program will be at 9 a.m. Monday at the Danube school auditorium. The address will be given by Edsel Bernstrom.
Darwin: The Memorial Day program will begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Hantge Funeral Chapel; retired Col. Tim Sanken 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 Sgt. 1st Class Chadd Perkins.
Forest City: The Memorial Day observance will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Forest City War Memorial Park; Truman Stehr will give the address.
Glenwood: The Memorial Day program will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Central Square auditorium. The address will be given by Terri Anderson Wager, whose parents both served in the Marine Corps during World War II. A parade will follow the program.
Granite Falls: A Memorial Day program will be at 11:15 a.m. Monday at the Veterans Park next to City Hall. State Senator Gary Kubly will give the address.
Grove City: A Memorial Day program will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Trinity Lutheran Church; Neil Broden will be the speaker; lunch to follow, freewill donation.
Hanley Falls: The Memorial Day program will be at 9:15 a.m. Monday at Yellow Medicine Lutheran Church.
Hector: The Memorial Day program will begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the American Legion.
Kandiyohi: Memorial Day events will begin at 8 a.m. Monday at Tripolis Lutheran Church, south of Kandiyohi. Vietnam veteran Ron Mackedanz will give the address. Coffee and rolls will be served following the program.
Kerkhoven: The American Legion will serve a Memorial Day breakfast from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Legion hall.
Litchfield: Memorial Day observances will begin with a service at 8 a.m. Monday at Calvary Cemetery. The parade will begin at 9 a.m. at Central Park and proceed to South Park. The program will be at 10:15 a.m. at Ripley Cemetery with Garen Enquist of the Sons of the G.A.R. giving the keynote address.
Madison: The Memorial Day program will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the cemetery followed by a potluck dinner at the VFW. Sgt. 1st Class Anthony Aafedt, Battery B, Iraq veteran, will give the address.
Maynard: The Memorial Day program will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Maynard Event Center. American Legion Veterans Service Officer Dennis Anderson will give the address. After the ceremony there will be a potluck dinner.
Milan: The Memorial Day program will be at 10 a.m. at the Milan Community Center gym. It will be followed by short programs at Kviteseid Lutheran/Milan Methodist Cemetery and Big Bend Lutheran Cemetery.
Montevideo: The Memorial Day program will be at 11 a.m. at Sunset Memorial Cemetery; Major General Jon L. Trost will be the speaker.
New London: American Legion members will visit area cemeteries beginning at 8 a.m. Monday.
Olivia: The Memorial Day program will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the National Guard Armory. Cpl. Derek Schultz, a member of Battery B based out of Olivia, will give the address.
Paynesville: The Memorial Day program will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Paynesville school auditorium. Command Sgt. Maj. Bob Bowden, retired, will give the address. A dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the American Legion.
Raymond: The Memorial Day parade will begin at 9 a.m. Monday at the school and proceed to Fairview Cemetery for the program with the Rev. Paul Peterson giving the address. The parade will reassemble and proceed to St. John's Lutheran Cemetery for another program with the address given by the Rev. Joyce Graue.
Renville: The Memorial Day program will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Community Center; recently returned soldiers will be the speakers.
Sacred Heart: The Memorial Day program will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Sacred Heart School. Commander Pam Patnode will give the address
Spicer: American Legion members will visit area cemeteries beginning at 7:45 a.m. Monday. A lakeside service for veterans buried overseas will be at 9:45 a.m. in downtown Spicer.