This weekend, communities around the country will not only be celebrating the start of summer, they will be observing Memorial Day - a time to honor men and women who have fought and died for our country in the past and in the present.
Memorial Day, which will be observed Monday, May 25, is a time for parades, memorial services and to appreciate freedom - something that is still being fought for all over the world.
Listed below are just a few of the many Memorial Day events happening in
the Douglas County area:
The Alexandria American Legion Post 87, along with other area veteran organizations, has organized a Memorial Day program and parade.
The theme of this year's program is "For God and Country."
The parade will begin at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 25. Line-up will begin at 9:15 a.m. at Legion Park on 9th and Broadway. Participants in the parade will march down Broadway ending at Kinkead Cemetery for a Memorial Day service, which is set to begin at 11 a.m.
The grand marshal for this year's event is Arlene Bosek, who was recently honored with Sertoma's Service to Mankind Award.
Bosek is an inside guard for the Eagles Auxiliary, senior vice president of the VFW Auxiliary, secretary of the American Legion Auxiliary and director of the Viking Sportsmen's Club, among others.
Sergeant First Class Luke A. Grim, who has lived in Alexandria for the past couple years, is the guest speaker this year.
Joining the United States Army in 1997, his current assignment will be at Foxtrot Company, 3-34th Infantry Regiment at Fort Jackson, South Carolina as a senior drill sergeant.
Grim and his family, including his wife, Tia, and newborn daughter, Eve Alexandra, are moving to South Carolina on Friday, May 29.
The Memorial Day program, sponsored by American Legion Post 278, will begin at 10 a.m. with a parade from Brandon High School to the Brandon veterans' park downtown.
All veterans are asked to meet at the school at 9:30 a.m.
There will be a ceremony of the flags honoring the Brandon area deceased veterans at the park. Flags will be posted by local Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and 4-H members.
This year's grand marshals are Doug and Lois Backlund.
After the ceremony at the park, a program will begin in the high school gym at 11 a.m. The guest speaker will be Major Mike Brethorst with the Minnesota National Guard. The Brandon High School Band will provide music.
Lunch, which will be served by the Legion Auxiliary, will follow the program.
A Memorial Day service, sponsored by Evansville West Douglas County Legion Post 188, will take place starting at 10:15 a.m.
A march will be held from city hall to the Veterans' Memorial, where a short service will take place.
A program, beginning at 11 a.m. with guest speaker Delbert Kuehl, who was a paratrooper during World War II, will take place at the community center. Lisa Henrichs will be singing, accompanied by Mary Langlie on piano.
A lunch, provided by the Legion Auxiliary, will be served immediately following the program.
Inspiration Peak Legion Park 527 of Millerville will host Memorial Day honors at six local cemeteries on Monday, May 25.
All members of the Legion and Auxiliary will meet at the Legion Hall at 8:30 a.m. Military honors will be at the following cemeteries:
Millerville Cemetery - 9 a.m.
Trinity Cemetery - 9:30 a.m.
Leaf Mountain Cemetery - 10 a.m.
Urbank Cemetery - 10:20 a.m.
St. James Cemetery - 10:40 a.m.
Ebenezer Cemetery - 11 a.m.
There will be a potluck lunch at the Legion Hall following the cemetery honors. All members and guests are urged to attend.
In honor of those who bravely fight for our freedom, soldiers past and present, a Memorial Day parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 25 in Osakis.
Local veterans, members of Osakis VFW #7902 Ladies Auxiliary and Post Color Guards, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Brownies and Osakis High School marching band will march from Park Osagi on Lake Street to Lakeside Cemetery in Osakis.
A memorial service will be led by Father Andrew Marthaler at the cemetery at approximately 10:45 a.m. with participation from the Osakis High School marching band, the Gordon's Men's Choir and the VFW Rifle Squad.
In case of inclement weather, the program will take place at the Osakis High School gym at 10:45 a.m.