Memorial Day services are set for Monday morning, May 26, for local cities.
The Dassel Memorial Day program will begin at 9 a.m., Monday May 26, in the Dassel Cemetery. The parade will start at 8:45 a.m. Participants, including officials, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and band members, are asked to be at the south side of Dassel Elementary School at 8:45 a.m.
The Rev. Douglas Pierce will give the Memorial Day address, and Ken Skalberg will be emcee. The program includes a flag-raising ceremony by the Paul F. Dille American Legion Post. The Dassel Cokato High School band will perform a drum roll and the National Anthem, directed by Brian Veith.
The American Legion firing squad will fire a salute, and students from the high school band will play taps. The Rev. Keith Carlson will do the invocation and benediction.
Following the program, the Dassel Area Historical Society will serve coffee at the Universal Lab Building.
Prior to the program, the American Legion firing squad and color guard will assemble at the Masonic Hall at 7:30 a.m. to get ready for the service. They also will participate in a separate service at the Lake Jennie Cemetery at 8 a.m.
Cokato Memorial Day service, parade set
The Cokato Memorial Day celebration will begin with a rifle salute at Watson Cemetery at 7:30 a.m., the raising of the colors at Veterans Park, the parade at 10:15 a.m., and a program featuring Jesse Carlson as speaker at Cokato Elementary at 10:45 a.m.
Special Cokato service Sat., May 24, to honor the Jarvi brothers
The Cokato Finnish American Historical Society will honor the Jarvi brothers, who were in the Armed Services during World War II, at a Memorial Day service Saturday, May 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Temperance Corner (located three miles north on County Road 3).
Darwin program set
The 7th Annual Darwin Lakes Area Memorial Day Program will be Monday, May 26 at 10:30 a.m. at the Hantge Funeral Chapel.
The program will include an invocation by Vicki Toutges, pastor at All Saints Lutheran Church and keynote speaker will be Chaplain Mark Thompson of the 125th Field Artillery out of New Ulm.
There will be a balloon release following the program, as well as refreshments.