By Kristen Miller
COKATO, DASSEL, DARWIN, KINGSTON, MN - There are several events planned throughout the community in honor of Memorial Day over the upcoming weekend.
Memorial Day in Cokato
The Memorial Day observance for Cokato will begin Monday, May 25 at the city cemetery, located east of Highway 12 and north on Oliver Avenue, with the raising of colors at Veterans Park.
The Memorial Day parade will be at 10:15 a.m., with a program following at Cokato Elementary School auditorium at 10:45 a.m.
The invocation and benediction will be given by Rev. Dan Swanson from First Baptist Church.
This year’s Girls Stater, Abby Thomson and Boys Stater, Tyler Nelson will give their addresses.
Colonel Kevin J. Wilson will give the address. Wilson is a native of Cokato and is currently headquartered at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, AK, in command of the US Army Corp of Engineers.
On Tuesday, June 23, Col. Wilson will relinquish his command in Alaska to report for his next assignment, to Kandahar, Afghanistan.
While there, he will be overseeing the establishment of a new engineer district to support the build-up of US military forces there.
Following Col. Wilson, taps will be performed by Zach Kaiser and Bethany Borg.
Memorial Day in Dassel
The Dassel Memorial Day program will begin at 9 a.m., Monday, May 25, in the Dassel Community Cemetery.
The Rev. Mike Newsom will give the invocation and benediction, Steven Brecht will be the emcee, and Dr. Roland Dille will give the Memorial Day address.
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.
Following the program, the Dassel Area Historical Society will serve coffee at the Universal Lab Building.
Before the program begins, the American Legion firing squad and color guard will assemble at the Masonic Hall at 7:30 a.m. They also will conduct a service at the Lake Jennie Cemetery at 8 a.m.
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.
Memorial Day in Darwin
The eighth annual Darwin Lakes Area Memorial Day Program will be Monday, May 25 at Hantge Funeral Chapel (100 First Street) beginning at 10:30 a.m.
The invocation will be given by Father Pat Casey, with the keynote speaker being Navy Commander Jan Manary, who is currently the chief nursing officer at Hutchinson Area Health Care.
Manary is also the commanding officer of Great Lakes Detachment O, and is serving as the commanding officer in support of Beyond the Horizons, a joint medical mission with the Dominican Republic.
Following the speaker at 11 a.m., will be a balloon release, taps by Willard Schultz of Litchfield, and the Litchfield Veterans Honor Guard. Refreshments will be served after the program.
Memorial Day in Kingston
A Memorial Day service will be at the Kingston Apostolic Lutheran Church beginning at 10 a.m. with state representative Dean Urdahl (R-Grove City) speaking.
Coffee and cake will be served following at the Kingston Community Center.