McLEOD, WRIGHT, CARVER COUNTIES, MN – Area Memorial Day programs are set for the morning of Monday, May 30, providing a variety of options for remembering fallen soldiers.
Martin Krueger American Legion Post 407 and its Ladies Auxiliary will begin Winsted’s Memorial Day observance with a Mass at Holy Trinity at 8:30 a.m.
A Naval tribute will take place at Mill Reserve Park at 9:30 a.m.
A program will take place at the cemetery beginning at 10 a.m.
Post 407 Commander Jeff Sterner will be the master of ceremonies, and Winsted Mayor Steve Stotko will provide a welcome message.
The invocation and benediction will be delivered by Fr. Paul Schumacher, Holy Trinity Catholic Church.
Bruce Gatz will sing the national anthem, and Holy Trinity students will present musical selections.
Art Guggemos, a World War II veteran, will deliver the Memorial Day address.
Fifth grade essay contest winners, Lexi Karnes (HLWW) and Sarah Mendiola (Holy Trinity) will speak.
Sterner will read the honor roll, and Auxiliary President Margie Kritzeck will place a wreath on the war memorial.
Legion Post 407 will perform the honor guard salute, followed by the playing of taps by Joey Berg.
A potluck dinner will take place at the Legion Club at noon for Legion and Auxiliary members, their families and friends, and participants in the program.
The Howard Lake Legion Post had not yet finalized the program, and information was not available at the time the May 23 issue went to press. See the May 30 issue of Herald Journal for information about the Howard Lake Memorial Day program.
Charles Claessens Legion Post 305 and Auxiliary Unit will observe Memorial Day with services Monday, May 30, at 10:30 a.m. in Railroad Park in Waverly.
All veterans are welcome to march in the parade, which will assemble in front of the Waverly Village Hall at 10 a.m.
The keynote speaker will be Colonel Stephen Gulyas, US Army, retired, a member of Post 305 American Legion.
Patriotic musical selections will be played by the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School band under the direction of Stephanie Dailey.
“In Flanders Fields” will be read by 2016 Girls State representative Destine Butturff, and Maria Jaros, 2015-2016 Waverly Ambassador will answer with We Shall Keep the Faith.
Crosses will be decorated by Melanie Jetson, Rachel Jetson, Gavin Marquette, Madelyn Remer, and Jack Tuchtenhagen.
The public is welcome to attend the program to honor those who have paid the ultimate price to ensure our freedom.
Post 305 will also be collecting new personal care items for patients at the VA Medical Center in St. Cloud.
A blue bin will be available at the fire hall before or after the Memorial Day program.
Suggested items include lip balm, deodorant, large print crossword or word search books, country music CDs, tennis balls for physical therapy, sewing kits, pocket notebooks, reading glasses (any strength), shower shoes (large or XL), and 30-minute phone cards (without expiration dates).
A collection box will also be available for proper disposal of tattered flags which are no longer suitable for flying.
The Ray Kirkpatrick American Legion Post 463 in Lester Prairie will host a Memorial Day program at 10 a.m. at the American Legion Service Member Memorial in Central Park.
Commander Chester Hoernemann will provide the welcome.
The Rev. Al Fiene, former Army chaplain, will provide the invocation and benediction.
The Legion Auxiliary will give a floral tribute, followed by the setting of the cross and a 30-second silent tribute to deceased veterans.
The Legion firing squad will fire a salute honoring the dead. The Lester Prairie High School Band will play patriotic music.
The Memorial Day address will be presented by Van and Leeann Karg of Hutchinson.
Van served in the Army from 1965 to 1967, including service in Vietnam from 1966 to 1967. He received a gunshot wound Jan. 12, 1967 which made him eligible to be a member of Disabled American Veterans (DAV). He has served that organization in numerous capacities over the years.
He is currently serving as adjutant/treasurer for the Hutchinson Area DAV Chapter 37 and DAV State Judge Advocate for Minnesota.
LeeAnn and Van have been married for 48 years. LeeAnn is a life member of the VFW Auxiliary and has served as its president. She is a life member of the Military Order of Purple Auxiliary, and a life member of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary. LeeAnn just completed her year as the DAV Auxiliary National Commander, 2014/15. She is currently adjutant/treasurer of the local DAV Auxiliary Hutchinson Area Unit 37, state adjutant for MN DAV Auxiliary, and is the National DAV Auxiliary scholarship chairman.
The 2016 Boys State representative will recite General Logan’s Orders; and the Girls State representative will read Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.
Taps will be played.
Legionaires, fire and police departments are welcome to attend a potluck at the Lester Prairie Sportsmen’s Club following the program.
The New Germany American Legion Memorial Day program will begin at 9 a.m. at the Crow River Cemetery in New Germany, followed by stops at 9:20 a.m. at the Methodist Cemetery in Mayer, 9:30 a.m. at Zion Cemetery in Mayer, and 10 a.m. at St. John Cemetery in Hollywood.
There will be a program at St. Mark Cemetery in New Germany beginning at 10:30 a.m.
The speaker will be Pastor Leroy LaPlant from St. Mark Lutheran Church in New Germany, who is also the chaplain for New Germany Legion Post 601.