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Memorial Day services to salute soldiers

Memorial Day services will take place throughout Douglas County today, honoring those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

In Alexandria, a parade will begin at 10 a.m., starting at Second Avenue and Kenwood Drive and continuing along Second Avenue to Kinkead Cemetery. A program will take place at 11 a.m.

Major Michael Brethorst is the guest speaker. He has worked in the military intelligence/counter intelligence and has more than 14 years of service, 12 years of active commissioned service.

Brethorst was deployed to Eagle Base, Bosnia in 2003-2004 and was deployed to Camp Adder, Iraq in 2005-2007. He currently is a G5 intelligence planner.

In Osakis, a march from Osagi Park to Lakeside Cemetery will begin at 10:30 a.m., a ceremony will follow at about 10:45 a.m. with speaker Pastor Don Reisig.

A parade in Brandon will start at the Brandon-Evansville High School at 10:15 a.m. Programs will take place at Legion Park at 10:20 a.m. and at the auditorium at 11 a.m.

In Evansville, the West Douglas County American Legion and Auxiliary Post 188 and others will march from the fire hall to the Veterans Memorial at Mound Grove Cemetery, starting at 10:15 a.m. The Memorial Day program will follow at 11 a.m. in the Evansville School gym with guest speaker Bill Larson. A dinner served by the Auxiliary will follow.

Inspiration Peak Legion Post 527 of Millerville will host Memorial Day honors at six local cemeteries today. Members will meet at the Legion Hall at 8:30 a.m. and military honors will take place at the following cemeteries: Millerville at 9 a.m., Trinity at 9:30 a.m., Leaf Mountain at 10 a.m., Urbank at 10:20 a.m., St. James at 10:40 a.m. and Ebenezer at 11 a.m. There will be a potluck lunch at the Legion Hall following the cemetery honors.

In Parkers Prairie, a Memorial Day pancake breakfast will be served at the high school's old gym from 9 a.m. to noon. A Memorial Day service will take place at the school's new gym.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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