Memorial Day 2017: Willmar, area communities plan cemetery services and more

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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.

More than 1,900 flags were put on veterans' graves.

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, 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, 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.

Les Kaenel, VFW Commander, will give the welcome. The Rev. Rod Rice from Word of Faith Church in Willmar 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 Garrett Shuldes and Lincoln's Gettysburg Address by Ethan Haines.

The address will be given by Trisha Appledorn, Kandiyohi County Veterans Service Officer.

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 Scott Foles, followed by the reading of the roll call of deceased veterans for the past year by Allan Mangen.

The national anthem will be played by the Willmar High School band. There will be a flag-raising ceremony and a silent tribute to the veterans buried at sea and overseas.

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 pep band and music group 2701 will perform.

Regional celebrations

Appleton: The Memorial Day program will begin at 9 a.m. Monday at the Appleton City Cemetery. Paul Albers, a native of Appleton and 19 year member of the Minnesota National Guard, will give the address.

Atwater: No program this year.

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. Rev. George Schmit will give the address.

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

Clara City: The Memorial Day program will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the MACCRAY Senior High. John Rich will give the address.

Clarkfield: The Memorial Day program will be at 9 a.m. Monday in the Clarkfield School. Debra Nissen 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 Mug Shots, the former American Legion. The speaker will be John Frederiksen. A potluck dinner will follow.

Danube: The Memorial Day program will be at 9 a.m. Monday at the Danube school auditorium. Ron Mackendanz 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 First Sgt. Army (Ret) Dennis Kohlman.

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. Derrick Kvendru 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. Rebecca Lieser will give the address.

Grove City: A Memorial Day program will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Trinity Lutheran Church. Commander Mark Schumann of the Litchfield American Legion will give the address.

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 Charlie Stewart 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. John Carlson will give the address.

Madison: The Memorial Day program will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the cemetery. Frank Ourada, southwest Minnesota family assistance specialist, will give the address.

Maynard: The Memorial Day program will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Maynard Event Center. Wayne Skogrand 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. First Sgt. Timothy R. Green of Headquarters Battalion, 151st Field Artillery in Montevideo, will give the address.

New London: The Memorial Day program will be at 10:30 a.m. at the Mill Pond.

Olivia: The Memorial Day program will be at 10:45 a.m. Monday at the National Guard Armory. Sgt. Jeremy J. Skold will give the address.

Paynesville: The Memorial Day program will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Paynesville school auditorium. Pastor Jim Pritchett of Crystal Hills Assembly 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 111th annual program with Pastor Yong Ok Son of the United Methodist 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. Rep. Tim Miller will give the address.

Sacred Heart: The Memorial Day program will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Sacred Heart School. Robert Haug will give the address.

Spicer: A lakeside service for veterans buried overseas will be at 9:45 a.m. in downtown Spicer.

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