May 21, 2007

DC Memorial programs are set

By Kristen Miller
Staff Writer

There are several special events planned for the DC area over Memorial Day weekend including a walk through the past with a new exhibit at the Cokato Museum and remembering our fallen veterans at the annual Memorial Day programs in Cokato, Dassel, Darwin and Kingston.

Cokato American Legion

Cokato’s Memorial Day service will begin at the First Baptist Cemetery with a rifle salute at 7 a.m. The raising of colors will be at Veterans Park at 7:30 a.m. and Peterson Park following.

The Memorial Day parade will begin at 10:15 a.m. with a program following at Cokato Elementary.

This year’s speaker is Jesse Carlson, a 1993 DC graduate and 1997 graduate of the US Air Force Academy. He then became a navigator on the KC-135 air refueling aircraft and participated in Operation Northern and Southern Watch, the United National-sanctioned enforcement of the no-fly zones over Iraq.

His career also included Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Carlson finished with more than 1,000 hours in the KC-135 including 35 combat and combat support sorties. He is well decorated with numerous oak leaf clusters and an expert marksman ribbon.

Cokato Finnish American Historical Society

The Cokato Finnish American Historical Society will be hosting Veijo Paine for its Memorial Celebration Saturday, May 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Paine will give the presentation, “Finland’s War Children – Who Are They?” He was one of the thousands of children who were evacuated to Sweden during World War II. Finns call this period the “Winter War” and the “Continuation War,” according to Ainie Busse.

During this time, children ages 1 to 14 were evacuated from Finland and sent to Sweden for safety. After the war, 10,000 of those were adopted by their Swedish benefactors due to the loss of their parents during the war.

Paine will talk about why, when, and how these children were evacuated and what happened to them when the war was finally over.

The memorial service at Temperance Corner will also honor the late war veteran Stanley Dahlman, who was drafted into the Army in January of 1946 and stationed in Okinawa, Japan until he was honorably discharged in 1946.

Dahlman served on the Temperance Corner School Board for 16 years and began a seed company, Dahlco Seeds. Dahlman passed away in 2005.

Museum open house

The Cokato Museum and Historical Society have its annual Memorial Day open house from 9 a.m. to noon featuring a new exhibit, “Check my oil, please.”

“For many people under the age of 40, it might seem hard to believe there was a time in the not-so-distant past when you pulled into a gas station, and as many as three people would come out to fill your tank, put air in the tires, wash the windows, and of course, check your oil all while you sat patiently in your vehicle. This new display will pay homage to those early days of automobile travel, when a service station truly meant ‘service,’ said Cokato Museum Director Mike Worcester explains the exhibit.

The exhibit will feature photographs, maps, artifacts, and archival records.

Light refreshments will be served before, during, and after the Memorial Day parade.

Dassel American Legion program set for Mon.

The Dassel American Legion will conduct services 9 a.m. Monday at the Dassel cemetery.

Speaker will be disabled Vietnam veteran Bill Ryan.

The Dassel Cokato High School band will serenade the audience with patriotic songs.

The parade will start at 8:45 a.m. All veterans and other participants (officials, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, band members, etc., are asked to be at the south side of the Dassel Elementary School at 8:45 p.m.

The service will conclude with the Paul F. Dille Post conducting a firing squad salute and the band playing “Taps.”

Following the program, the Dassel Area Historical Society is serving coffee at the Universal Lab Building.

An earlier service will also be conducted at the Lake Jennie Cemetery at 8 a.m. This will include a firing squad and color guard as well.

Darwin Lakes Area to do balloon release Monday

The Darwin Lakes Area’s Memorial Day Program will have a service of remembrance and a balloon release at Hantge Funeral Chapel beginning Monday at 10:30 a.m.

Mayor Orlan Cervin will begin the program with a welcome followed by an invocation given by Father Pat Casey of St. John’s Catholic Church.

The keynote speaker will be Bruce Cottington, a past commander of the Litchfield American Legion and VFW.

The balloon release will take place at 11 a.m. with taps by Willard Schultz of Litchfield, the honor guard of the Litchfield VFW, and refreshments following.

Memorial Day service in Kingston planned

The annual Memorial Day service in Kingston, sponsored by the Kingston Johnson Kelly Post 483 members, will be Monday, May 28 at 10 a.m. at the Kingston Apostolic Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Refreshments will be served by the auxiliary members at the Legion Hall following the service.

The next meeting of Post 483 Legion and Auxiliary will be Tuesday, May 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Kingston American Legion Hall.

All citizens are encouraged to wear a poppy and support American troops.

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