Take time to honor veteransToday, Monday, 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.
Today, Monday, 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 31, 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 and the Veterans of Foreign War #936, along with other area veteran organizations, have organized a Memorial Day program and parade.
The theme of this year’s program is “They do it for us.”
The parade will begin at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 31. 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 marshals for this year’s event are Art Berg, Ruth McDonald, Larry Cline and Don Leland, all of Alexandria. These four veterans recently traveled together to see the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. as part of the Tour of Honor through the St. Cloud branch of the Honor Flight Network (HFN).
Loni Barnes of Alexandria is the guest speaker. Her topic: “A mother’s perspective.” Her son, Justin Barnes, a 2001 Jefferson High School graduate, is a firefighter/rescue/EMT for the Marine Corp stationed in Yuma, Arizona. He served in the Iraq War.
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 Dean and Ruth Plaster.
After the ceremony at the park, a program will begin in the high school gym at 11 a.m. The guest speaker will be Shawn Carlson with the North Dakota Air National Guard. The Brandon High School Band will provide music. Lunch, which will be served by the Legion Auxiliary, will follow the program.
An Osakis Memorial Day parade and program will honor those who bravely fight for freedom – soldiers past and present – on Monday, May 31.
The parade begins at 10:30 a.m. with local veterans, members of the Osakis VFW Post #7902 Ladies Auxiliary and Post Color Guards, the Osakis High School marching band, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and Brownies marching from Park Osagi on Lake Street to Lakeside Cemetery in Osakis.
A memorial service will begin at approximately 10:45 a.m. at the cemetery with Dr. Jerome Hanson, speaker, and 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.