Area Memorial Day programs are set for the morning of Monday, May 30, providing a variety of options for remembering fallen soldiers.
Following is a summary of events planned in local cities:
The program begins at 9 a.m. at the Howard Lake Cemetery and will feature:
• Welcome by Ed Johnson, commander, American Legion Post 145.
• Raising of the flag: Richard Birkholz and Russel Gausman.
• “Star Spangled Banner” performed by the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Band led by HLWW Band Director Stephanie Dailey.
• Prayer: Vicar Zach Klumpp, St. James Lutheran Church.
• Musical selection: Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Band.
• Address: Connie Herzog, Wright County Vice Commander;
• Presentation of Memorial wreaths: Ed Johnson and Jean Miller;
• Roll call of deceased veterans Jesse Pettit;
• Rifle salute to deceased: Post 145 Honor Guard;
• Taps: Chance Greeder;
After the program, the American Legion Post 145 welcomes guests to enjoy coffee and doughnuts served by Post 145 Auxiliary.
Lester Prairie’s program will begin at 10 a.m. at the veterans memorial in Central Square Park in downtown Lester Prairie.
There will be a guest speaker, and the Lester Prairie High School Band will perform.
New Germany and Mayer
The New Germany American Legion Post 601 will be honoring deceased veterans on Memorial Day at local cemeteries with honor guard, rifle squad, and taps at each location, according to Myron Taylor, commander.
Memorial Day schedule:
• 9 a.m. — Crow River Cemetery.
• 9:30 a.m. — St. Marks in New Germany.
• 10 a.m. — St. Johns in Hollywood.
• 10:20 a.m. — Methodist in Mayer.
• 10:30 a.m. — Zion in Mayer.
• 11 a.m. — Carver County Veterans Memorial with the program.
The Watertown American Legion Post 121 will have a Memorial Day Service at 10 a.m. Monday, May 30.
It will take place at the Watertown Mayer High School Performing Arts Center.
There will be student speakers, and the high school chorus will perform — refreshments and fellowship following the service.
The Charles Claessens American Legion Post 305 and Auxiliary Unit will observe Memorial Day with services at 10:30 a.m. at 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.
As a special part of this year’s service, the new Veterans Memorial Wall will be dedicated during the ceremony. Post Commander Ken Borrell said, “This Memorial Wall, which includes the engraved names of over 500 deceased Veterans from the Waverly area, is a tribute to the many in our small community who have served our country from the Civil War; to the Present.”
• The keynote speaker will be Commander Michael Monahan, Ret. Navy.
• The Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School band will play patriotic musical selections under the direction of Stephanie Dailey.
• “Flanders Field” will be recited by Kyra Czanstkowski, Waverly Ambassador.
• “We Shall Keep the Faith” will be delivered in response by Erika Pawelk, Waverly Ambassador.
Martin Krueger Post 407 of the American Legion and its Ladies Auxiliary will commemorate Memorial Day beginning at 9:15 a.m. with a Naval Tribute at Mill Reserve Park, followed at 10 a.m. by a program at the cemetery.
• Master of ceremonies: Jeff Sterner, commander, Post 407.
• Invocation: Pastor Dave Hormann, St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
• Welcome: The Honorable George Schulenberg, mayor of Winsted.
• Members of HLWW choirs will perform the national anthem and select songs under the direction of Alexandra Thrasher.
• Memorial Day address will be given by CPT Jake Young, USAR HLWW graduate, and West Point graduate.
• Honor roll: Legion Commander Jeff Sterner, Auxiliary President, Ginny Schuelke
• Honor guard salute and taps: Legion Post 407.
• Benediction: Pastor Dave Hormann St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.