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Honoring those who sacrificed for their country

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Russ Oorlog, a Vietnam veteran and member of Vietnam Veterans of America, smiles at the crowd during the Memorial Day parade in Alexandria Monday morning. Oolog, who served in the infantry in Vietnam, was the grand marshal. (Celeste Edenloff / Echo Press) 2 / 5
Pausing along the shore of Lake Agnes, veterans walking in the Alexandria Memorial Day parade stand at attention and listen to "Taps" as a two wreaths were thrown in the water. (Celeste Edenloff / Echo Press) 3 / 5
Dozens of people gathered along Broadway Street between Fourth and Fifth Avenues in Alexandria Monday to watch the Memorial Day parade. (Celeste Edenloff / Echo Press) 4 / 5
Members of the Freedom First Riders follow behind a veterans memorial semi along the Memorial Day parade route in Alexandria Monday morning. (Celeste Edenloff / Echo Press) 5 / 5

With a gentle breeze and temperatures in the high 70s, the weather held out for those participating in Alexandria's Memorial Day parade Monday morning.

Dozens upon dozens of people lined Broadway Street from Eighth Avenue down to Second Avenue to watch the parade, which included members of the military, law enforcement, Boy and Girl Scouts, the Alexandria Area High School Marching Band and more.

The parade started at Eighth Avenue and Broadway and then followed Agnes Boulevard to Kinkead Cemetery.

A service took place at the cemetery featuring Pastor Justin Fenger, former pastor at Shalom Lutheran Church in Alexandria. Fenger now serves as a chaplain with the North Dakota Army National Guard.

The grand marshal for the Memorial Day parade was Russ Oorlog, a Vietnam veteran and a member of the Vietnam Veterans of America.

Celeste Edenloff

Celeste is a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press and has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in June 2016 to report on the community she calls home. Besides writing articles for the Echo Press, she has a blog, “Newspaper Girl on the Run.” Celeste is on a continuous healthy living journey and loves to teach bootcamp fitness classes and run. She has participated in more than 200 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon (13.1 mile) distances.

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