Memorial Day programs set for Monday, May 26

May 19, 2008

By Lynda Jensen

Memorial Day services are set in the area for Monday morning, May 26, with various locations to choose from during which to remember fallen soldiers (scroll down for all of the programs).


Memorial Day observance in Winsted will begin with a Mass at Holy Trinity Catholic Church at 9 a.m., followed by a Naval tribute at Mill Reserve Park at 9:30 a.m.

Members of American Legion Post 407 will then march to Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery.

Post 407 Army Commander Jeff Sterner will be the master of ceremonies for the 10 a.m. service at the cemetery.

The invocation will be given by Army Chaplain Gordon Kubasch, followed by the welcome by Mayor Steve Stotko.

The Holy Trinity band, under the direction of Laura Boillat, will perform the national anthem and other musical selections.

The Memorial Day address will be given by Captain Joshua Barten of the US Army, who is a 2003 graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point.

Two Winsted fifth graders will read their essays which were the winners in a contest sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). Logan Kritzeck, a fifth grader at Winsted Elementary, and Adam Stifter, a fifth grader at Holy Trinity Elementary, were both winners answering the questions: Do you know a vet?, Who is it?, and What do they mean to you?

The honor roll of deceased veterans will be read, and Post 407 Commander Jeff Sterner and Ladies Auxiliary president Helen Yager will place a wreath on the War Memorial.

Legion Post 407 will perform the honor guard salute. “Taps” will be performed by Mr. Jeff Campbell, and the benediction will be given by Chaplain Kubasch to conclude the program.

A potluck dinner will take place at the Legion Club at noon for Legion and auxiliary members and their families, friends, and participants in the Memorial Day observance.

CPT Joshua A. Barten biography

CPT Joshua A. Barten is a native of Delano and graduated from Delano High School in 1999. He attended the United States Military Academy at West Point and graduated in 2003.

After being commissioned a 2LT of infantry in May 2003, CPT Barten attended the Infantry Officer’s basic course in Fort Benning, GA. Upon graduation, he was assigned to 1st BN, 6th IN, Smith Barracks, Baumholder, Germany, where he served as a platoon leader and executive officer in C Co., 1-6 IN, and executive officer in HHC 1-6 IN. He deployed with 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division to Kuwait in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and moved with the unit to Ar Ramadi, Iraq in May 2006. He next served with the 1st BN, 19th IN at Fort Benning, GA as a company commander.

CPT Barten is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Airborne School, and the Mechanized Leader Course. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal with 1 OLC, Iraq Campaign Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Parachutist’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, and Combat Infantryman’s Badge.

CPT Barten is married to the former Jacquelyn Jordan of Loretto.


Charles Claessen Post 305 American Legion and Auxiliary Unit will conduct its Memorial Day services at 10:30 a.m. at Railroad Park, in Waverly, on Monday, May 26. Line up for these services will begin at 10:00 in front of Hackbarth Enterprises.

Legion Commander, Charlie Borrell will open the program at Railroad Park and selections by the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Band will be played.

Father Timothy Cloutier will offer prayer, with a keynote address by Air Force veteran Dan Herbst. Roll call of deceased veterans and auxiliary members will be given with the decoration of crosses by Daire Butturff, Eryn Kittock, and Thomas Peterson. All veterans are encouraged to march that day. Refreshments will be served at the Waverly Fire Hall following the ceremonies.

Howard Lake

Members of American Legion Post 145 will assemble at the St. James Lutheran Church parking lot at 9 a.m. and then march to the city cemetery, where the program will begin at 9:15 a.m.

American Legion Post 145 Commander Gary Schmidt will give a welcome, followed by raising of the flag. Pastor Rick Messer, Post 145 chaplain, will give the invocation.

The student address will be given by Hunter Day and Eric Arlien.

Selections by the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Band will be played.

Delores Glessing and Jim Ittel will present the memorial wreaths, followed by the roll call of deceased veterans, led by Gary Schmidt, and a rifle salute to the deceased by the Post 145 Honor Guard.

Taps, will conclude the ceremony.

Lester Prairie

The Ray Kirkpatrick American Legion Post 463 in Lester Prairie will host a Memorial Day program that will begin at 9:30 a.m. at city hall. Legion members will march to the city cemetery.

The program at the cemetery will begin with a welcome by Commander Chester Hoernemann, followed by the national anthem performed by the Lester Prairie High School band.

Pastor Gerald Schwanke will give the invocation.

Taylor Schultz, Boys State representative, and Nicole Condon, Girls State representative, will speak.

The main speaker will be Col. Timothy J. Sanken (ret.). Sanken was born in Glencoe and grew up on a farm near Brownton.

He enlisted in the Minnesota Army National Guard in 1966. He later attended officer training school with the regular army, and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1972.

Among his duties as an officer, Sanken served as a platoon leader, executive officer, company commander, administrative officer, battalion commander, and commander of the regional training institute.

Sanken was awarded the Good Conduct Ribbon, Minnesota Medal for Merit, Army Commendation Award, Distinguished Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Achievement Medal, and the Bronze de Fleury Medal.

Sanken retired from the Minnesota Army National Guard in 2001 after 35 years of service.

He is a graduate of St. Cloud State University, has served on the Brownton School Board, and is a member of the American Legion, Lions International, and Christ the King Lutheran Church in Hutchinson.

He has been married to his wife, Cheryl Rae, for 37 years and currently resides in Hutchinson. They have three adult children, and six grandchildren.

The band will perform the song, “America,” followed by the roll call of deceased veterans by Hoernemann.

The legion auxiliary will provide a floral tribute and the legion rifle squad will fire a salute to the dead.

Lester Prairie Principal Scott Fitzsimonds will play taps, and Schwanke will offer the benediction.

Legion members will march back to city hall, and all participants are invited to the Lester Prairie Sportsmen’s Club for refreshments following the program.

New Germany/Mayer

The New Germany American Legion’s Memorial Day program will begin at 9 a.m. at the Crow River Cemetery in New Germany. It will then move to Zion Lutheran cemetery in Mayer at 9:30 a.m., and St. Mark cemetery in New Germany at 10 a.m.

The occasion will be marked with a rifle salute and the playing of taps at each location. The main program will take place at St. John Lutheran Church in Hollywood Township at 10:30 a.m., beginning with an address by Rev. Robert Rupprecht and ending with a procession to St. John cemetery.


The Memorial Day observance for Montrose will be Monday, May 26 at Lions Park beginning at 10 a.m. with a short parade from the Montrose Elementary School, proceeding to the park.

Guest speaker will be Pastor Highland Goodman, who has served as chaplain at Parkview in Buffalo for the past eight years.

In case of rain, the program will be at the Montrose Community Center, and a light lunch will be served following the program. This event is sponsored by the Wright County VFW Post #1901 and Ladies Auxiliary.

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