Honor those who served this Memorial Day

Published 7:00 am Saturday, May 25, 2024

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This Memorial Day weekend, people will be jumping into summer and enjoying the next three days with family and friends.

But we also hope to see you at any one of the long list of Memorial Day events on Monday so that we can honor those people who served and gave their lives defending our country and what we stand for.

Included over the next couple pages is a list of area programming throughout our area, giving you plenty of opportunities to take part in these meaningful tributes.

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Austin Post 1216 VFW and American Legion Post 91

8 a.m.: Veterans Memorial in downtown Austin

9 a.m.: Oakwood Cemetery

9:45 a.m.: Mill Pond walking bridge for Lost at Sea ceremony

10 a.m.: Grandview Cemetery (Post 91 American Legion)

10:15 a.m.: Calvary Cemetery (Post 1216 VFW)

11 a.m.: Lansing Cemetery (Post 1216 VFW)

11 a.m.: Enterprise Cemetery (Post 91 American Legion)

Noon: Midway Cemetery in Freeborn (Post 1216 VFW)

Adams American

Legion Post 146

9 a.m.: Bridge on County Road 7 south of Adams

9:45 a.m.: Woodlawn Cemetery, Taopi

10:30 a.m.: Marshall Cemetery, rural Adams

11:30 a.m.: St. John’s Cemetery, rural Elkton

Noon: Lunch at St. John’s Church, Elkton

1 p.m.: Flag Disposal at Legion Post 146

Hayfield American Legion Post 330 Memorial Day Services

Cemetery Ceremonies (Approximate times)

8:15 a.m.: West St. Olaf Cemetery

8:35 a.m.: Evanger Cemetery

9:05 a.m.: St. John’s Cemetery south of Sergeant

9:25 a.m.: Waltham Cemetery, south of Waltham on Highway 56

9:45 a.m.: Greenwood Cemetery, south of Brownsdale

10:05 a.m.: St. Michaels Cemetery in Waltham

10:35 a.m.: Fairview Cemetery in Hayfield

11:30 a.m.: Memorial Day program at Hayfield’s Veterans Memorial Park in downtown Hayfield.

In case of inclement weather, the program will be moved to the Hayfield High School Gym. A chicken dinner will be served at the Legion from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Lyle Post 105

9 a.m.: Cedar City Cemetery

9:30 a.m.: London Cemetery

10 a.m.: Deer Creek (Iowa) Cemetery

10:30 a.m.: Woodbury Cemetery

11 a.m.: Mona (Iowa) Cemetery

11:30 a.m.: Six Mile Grove Cemetery

Blooming Prairie

9:30 a.m.: Coffee and doughnuts in Foxhole for those participating today.

10:45 a.m.: Parade people meet at the west side of Hog Slat/Miners parking lot.

10:50 a.m.: Parade marchers assemble for route – start at West side of Hog Slat/Miners then march to the cemetery going to the northeast corner of the cemetery.

11 a.m.: Program begins

— Welcome

— Opening Prayer

— National Anthem by BPHS Band

— Pledge of Allegiance

— Memorial Day Speaker – Father Bill Becker

— Patriotic Musical Selections by the BPHS Band

— Tribute to deceased veterans by VFW & American Legion

Military Firing Squad & Color Guard w/21 gun salute

— Taps with echo by two BPHS band members

— Closing prayer

— Closing remarks

Lunch at 11:45 a.m. is available at The Servicemen’s Club

Only to those who have made previous reservations!

Serving: Pulled Pork Sandwich, Coleslaw, Potato Chips, pickles, brownie for $10. Veterans eat free, but still need a reservation to attend.

The afternoon program will include Presentation of 8 Quilts of Valor


8:45 a.m.: LeRoy Veterans Memorial at Bethany and Bethlehem Cemeteries.

9:15 a.m.: Lost at Sea Tribute on the bridge at the Shooting Star Bike Trailhead

10 a.m.: Final program at LeRoy Cemetery.

Grand Meadow

Harry T. Anderson American

Legion Post 140

8 a.m.: Emmanuel  Lutheran and Pleasant Valley  Cemetery

8:15 a.m.: St. John’s Cemetery

8:35 a.m.: Racine-Salem Cemetery

8:50 a.m.: Sumner Cemetery

9:10 a.m.: Hamilton Cemetery

9:25 a.m.: Frankford Cemetery

9:40 a.m.: Bear Creek Cemetery

10:15 a.m.: Program at Grand Meadow High School

11:15 a.m.: Grand Meadow Cemetery

11:30 a.m.: St. Finbarr’s Cemetery

11:45 a.m.: Dexter Cemetery

12:05 a.m.: Zion Lutheran Cemetery

12:30 a.m.: Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery

12:45 a.m.: Hoflanda Cemetery

The public is invited to attend any or all of these colorful and meaningful ceremonies.