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Local Memorial Day programs are set for Monday, May 25

May 18, 2009

WINSTED, HOWARD LAKE, LESTER PRAIRIE, MONTROSE, NEW GERMANY, AND WAVERLY, MN – Memorial Day services are set in the area for the morning of Monday, May 26, giving residents a variety of options to remember fallen soldiers.


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.

Commander of American Legion Post 407 Rose Heimerl will be master of ceremonies for the 10 a.m. service at the cemetery.

The invocation will be given by 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 Mr. Roger Olsen, past-commander of the Minnesota Department of the American Legion.

Olsen is an Air Force veteran of thte Korean War.

He is a life-long Hutchinson resident who grew up on a dairy farm and retired from 3M after 34 years of employment.

Olsen is well known for his tireless efforts on behalf of the community and his continued service to our vetrans and their families.

The honor roll of deceased veterans will be read, followed by the laying of the wreath at the War Memorial. Legion Post 407 will perform the honor guard salute followed by the playing of “Taps.” 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.


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 25. Line up for these services will begin at 10 a.m. 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 US Rep. Michele Bachmann. 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 Darrin Blanchette 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 2008 Girls State participant Alisha Marketon. Messer will give an address, as well.

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

Hanging of memorial wreaths will be followed by the roll call of deceased veterans, led by Blanchette, 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. At 10 a.m., Legion members will march to the city cemetery. An open trailer will be provided for those Legionnaires and auxiliary members who choose not to march the route to the cemetery.

The program at the cemetery will begin at approximately 10:30 a.m. with a welcome by Commander Chester Hoernemann, followed by the national anthem performed by the Lester Prairie High School band.

A local pastor will give the invocation.

Shane Cory, Boys State representative, and Ana Hartwig, Girls State representative, will recite Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and General Logan’s Orders.

The main speaker will be Rep. Ron Shimanski (R-Silver Lake)

Hoernemann and the auxiliary will provide a tribute to the veterans of all wars.

There will be 30 seconds of silence to honor those who died.

The legion rifle squad will fire a salute, followed by the playing of taps, and the benediction.

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. John Cemetery in Hollywood Township 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. Mark Lutheran Cemetery in New Germany at 10:30 a.m. beginning with an address by the church pastor.


The Memorial Day observance for Montrose will be Monday, May 25 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 Quartermaster and Trustee Bob Putnam of the Wright County VFW Post 1901.

Bob served in the military as part of the Army of Engineers (1964-66). From August 1965 to March 1966, he served in Vietnam. In the past, he has served on the American Legion gaming committee (1988-1995), membership chair (commander 1998-1999), district vice commander for the Legion (from 2001 to 2002), rehabilitation chair (2004-2005). He is also a member of 40/8 and has served as Chef deGarr, guard a La Porte-ritual team, Chef deTrain. He is also a charter member of the Sons of the American Legion.

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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