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Bob Eddy of Litchfield, a member of the Willmar American Legion Post 167, holds an American flag before the 2008 Memorial Day program at Fairview Cemetery in Willmar. (Tribune file photo)

Willmar, area cities schedule Memorial Day events

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Willmar veterans will raise the Flags of Honor at 7 a.m. today on the east side of Willmar Lake long North Business Highway 71.

Squads of veterans from the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans and others will also place flags on the grave of every veteran grave in the area -- more than 1,600.

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On Memorial Day, the veterans will visit each cemetery where they will read the roll call, fire a rifle salute and play taps. The schedules for the 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, Mamre 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, Oakwood 8:50 and Svea 9:15 a.m.

Memorial Day program at Fairview

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

Steve Ellingboe, commander of the Veterans Central Council, will give the welcome. The Rev. Jeanne Aamot from Calvary Lutheran Church will give both the invocation and benediction. The Willmar High School Band will perform patriotic selections.

The program includes presentation of General Logan's orders by Mathew Weitzel and Lincoln's Gettysburg Address by Evan Armstrong, American Legion Boys Staters.

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

The memorial address will be given by Col. Jim Larson, retired U.S. Army.

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 Darrel Larson of the VFW, followed by the reading of the roll call of deceased veterans for the past year by Mitchell Stoeberl, American Legion Boys Stater.

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 drill squad 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 and in front of the building at Cloverleaf. There will also be some at the Willmar Legion if needed at other cemeteries.

Area Memorial Day programs

Appleton: The Memorial Day program will begin at 9 a.m. Monday at the Appleton Cemetery Memorial Mall; 1st Sgt. Dennis Kohlman, retired, of Appleton, will give the address.

Atwater: The Memorial Day program will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Atwater Community Center.

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; Paul Setzepfandt will give the address.

Brooten: The Memorial Day program will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Legion Park; the Rev. Paul Anderson will give the address.

Clara City: The Memorial Day program will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at the MACCRAY Senior High. Dennis Anderson, Chippewa County Veterans Service Officer will give the address.

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

Cosmos: The Memorial Day program will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the American Legion; the speaker will be Mike Kutzke; 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 Judge Randall Slieter.

Darwin: The Memorial Day program will begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Hantge Funeral Chapel; Navy Commander Jan Manary 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 the Rev. Bruce Roderick.

Forest City: The Memorial Day observance will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Forest City War Memorial Park; David Kauppi will give the address.

Glenwood: The Memorial Day program will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Central Square auditorium.

Granite Falls: A Memorial Day program will be at 11:15 a.m. Monday at the Veterans Park next to City Hall; Bradley Thon will give the address.

Grove City: A Memorial Day program will be at 10 a.m. Monday at South Grove Square; Aldeen Kadelbach 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; Jon Thostenson will give the address.

Hector: The Memorial Day program will begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday in front of the American Legion.

Kerkhoven: Memorial Day will start with a traditional breakfast from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Legion hall. A program at Hillside Cemetery will be at 9:30 a.m.

Litchfield: Memorial Day observances will begin with a service at 8 a.m. Monday at Calvary Cemetery. The parade will begin at 9:15 a.m. at Central Park and go to South Park. The program will be at 10:15 a.m. at Ripley Cemetery with the Rev. David Sorenson 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; Jeremy Raymo, Iraq veteran, will give the address.

Maynard: The Memorial Day program will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Maynard Community Center. Vietnam veteran Bill Ryan of Paynesville 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 school gym. It will be followed by short programs at Kviteseid Lutheran/Milan Methodist Cemetery and Big Bend Lutheran Cemetery.

Montevideo: Memorial Day will begin with the advancement of colors at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Cemetery and at 10:30 a.m. at Terrace Lawn Cemetery. The Memorial Day program will be at 11 a.m. at Sunset Memorial Cemetery. State Senator Gary Kubly will be the speaker.

Murdock: Memorial Day will be celebrated with a potluck dinner in the Village Hall at 11:30 a.m. Monday.

New London: American Legion members will visit area cemeteries beginning at 8 a.m. Monday. There will be a short program at 11:30 a.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery with Capt. Cory Bjerkness giving the address.

Olivia: The Memorial Day program will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the National Guard Armory; Charles Abrahamson will give the address.

Paynesville: The Memorial Day program will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Paynesville school auditorium. Tom Grey of St. Martin, who served 15 months with the Army Reserve in Iraq, will give the address. After the program there will be a flag-raising ceremony in front of the school and the Honor Guard will fire a 21-gun salute at the Paynesville Cemetery. 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. John Bothof 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. Paul Peterson.

Renville: The Memorial Day program will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Community Center; Nancy Standfuss will give the address.

Sacred Heart: The Memorial Day program will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Sacred Heart School; the Rev. Dale Svendsen 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. Command Sgt. Maj. Richard Wog, retired, will be the speaker.

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