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Remembering those who serve

May 19, 2008

Memorial Day services are set to take place Monday, May 26.

Delano American Legion Post 377’s service features a parade, guest speaker, and also a free lunch at the Legion after.

Parade:

Line up time 10:15 a.m. and parade starts 10:30 a.m at the Delano City Hall. Parade begins at Delano City Hall, and proceeds down Second Street North to the gazebo at the city park for the program to honor veterans.

There will not be a program at the downtown bridge this year due to the detour.

The parade will feature:

Wright County Sheriff’s Office, American Legion Colors, American Legion Firing Squad, American Legion Auxiliary Colors, American Legion Auxiliary Junior Group Colors, Auxiliary President, Post Chaplain, Auxiliary Chaplain, Auxiliary Wreaths, Delano High School Band, Jason Koets, Gold Star Mothers, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Delano Fire Department, and American Legion Riders.

At Central Park:

Commander (emcee) welcomes people, National Anthem: high school band, Prayer: Legion chaplain or clergy, Band selection, Speaker: Dennis O’Gorman, Commander reads names of fallen comrades as auxiliary hangs wreaths on crosses, Legion 21 gun salute, Taps.

After the program:

Everyone is welcome for lunch at the Legion club.

For more Memorial Day information, see page 5A of this week’s Delano Herald Journal.

O’Gorman to be Delano Memorial Day speaker

Dennis C. O’Gorman is a native Minnesotan, born in Duluth.

His parents both served in WWII. Patriotism was a morale virtue instilled in him by his parents.

O’Gorman joined the US Navy in 1962, and progressed through a 26- year active duty naval career, retiring at the rank of Command Master Chief Petty Officer.

O’Gorman is a proud Vietnam veteran who served in country, Republic of Vietnam, attached to the First Marine Radio Battalion as a cryptologist.

Since his military retirement, O’Gorman has furthered his education, and is in the twilight of a second career serving as a county veterans service officer in Itasca County for eleven years, and for the last decade, he has served as a project administrator and administration officer at the Minneapolis Veterans Home.

His life’s work has been service to America and our nation’s veterans.

O’Gorman is a proud life member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, Vietnam Veterans of America, and the Retired Enlisted Association.

He has commanded the Disabled American Veterans at the state level, chaired the state’s Commander’s Task Force, and was a post commander in the American Legion and VFW.

O’Gorman is married, lives in Burnsville, and has five grown children and eight grandchildren.

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