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Local Memorial Day events to be held Monday, May 27

At last year's Memorial Day parade, 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)

Alexandria

8:30 a.m.-noon. Annual pancake breakfast and bake sale at First Congregational Church, 221 Seventh Ave. W.

10 a.m. Parade starts at Eighth and Broadway and proceeds to Kinkead Cemetery with American Legion Post 87, VFW Post 936, Marine Corps League Runestone Detachment 1409, Vietnam Veterans of America 235 and the 934th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron from the 934th Minneapolis Air Reserve Station.

11 a.m. Service at Kinkead Cemetery

Speaker: John Earl Martinson, who was a combat platoon leader in Vietnam, then a Lutheran pastor, hospital chaplain and chemical dependency counselor. His chaplaincy work has included serving in a maximum security psychiatric unit. He also helps veterans with PTSD.

Grand Marshal: Wayne Farnberg, a former military judge who served in the military during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

Noon. Dinner at VFW post 936 for all veterans with free will offering.

Brandon

There will be no parade this year.

10:30-10:45 a.m. The Brandon American Legion Post 278 Color and Color Guard, Auxiliary, 4-H members and Boy Scouts will assemble at Legion Park.

11 a.m. Program to honor the deceased Brandon-area veterans. It will include scouts and 4-H members placing American flags on the crosses as the names of deceased Brandon-area veterans are read, as well as a rifle salute and bugler. Noel Rich, a retired minister who served as an officer in Vietnam, will deliver the invocation.

Noon. The program continues at the Brandon auditorium, with Rich as speaker. The auxiliary will serve lunch at the auditorium with a freewill offering.

Evansville

10:15 a.m. The West Douglas County American Legion and Auxiliary Post 188 Memorial Day parade will start at City Hall and finish at Mound Grove Cemetery.

11 a.m. Program at the school, followed by dinner.

Glenwood

10 a.m. Program at Central Square Historic Auditorium, 105 2nd Avenue NE., Glenwood w/speaker John Messenger, followed by a parade to lay a wreath in Lake Minnewaska honoring those who died at sea.

Millerville

Inspiration Peak Legion Post 527 of Millerville will host Memorial Day honors at seven local cemeteries on Monday, May 27. The public is invited to attend the honors. Legion and Auxiliary members will meet at the Legion Hall at 8 a.m.

Military Honors will be held at:

8:30 a.m. Millerville Cemetery

9 a.m. Trinity Cemetery

9:30 a.m. Eagle Lake Cemetery

10 a.m. Leaf Mountain Cemetery

10:20 a.m. Urban Cemetery

10:40 a.m. Saint James Cemetery

11 a.m. Ebenezer Cemetery

A potluck luncheon for all veterans and their spouses will follow at the Legion Hall in Millerville.

Osakis

There is no parade this year.

10:45 a.m. The high school band will play at the Osakis Armed Forces Memorial. Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts will be there along with the VFW Honor Guard and VFW Auxiliary Honor Guard. Clergy and main speaker will be John Hopper, pastor at Sauk Valley Lutheran and Salem Lutheran.

The Gordon Men's Choir will perform and the VFW will serve a light lunch following the service.

Parkers Prairie

8 a.m.-noon Parkers Prairie American Legion pancake breakfast at the high school

10 a.m. Service at the high school, followed by a short service at the Parkers Prairie Cemetery.

Villard

11 a.m.-1 p.m. St. John's Lutheran Church, 341 Commercial Ave., will host a Memorial Day salad luncheon. A freewill offering will be accepted.

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