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Local Memorial Day programs are set for Monday, May 31
May 17, 2010

WRIGHT, CARVER, McLEOD COUNTIES, MN – Memorial Day services are set in the area for the morning of Monday, May 31, giving residents a variety of options to remember fallen soldiers.


Memorial Day observance in Winsted will begin with a worship service at St. John’s Lutheran Church at 8:45 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 State Sen. Steve Dille (R-Dassel).

Essay contest winners from Winsted Elementary and Holy Trinity Elementary will speak.

The honor roll of deceased veterans will be read, followed by the laying of the wreath at the War Memorial (Heimerl and Ladies Auxiliary President Karla Otterness).

Legion Post 407 will perform the honor guard salute followed by the playing of “Taps” by Jeff Campbell. 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 31. Line up for these services will begin at 10 a.m. in front of Hackbarth Enterprises.

Gene South, United States Warrant Officer and Former CEO of Lakedale Telephone Company will present the Keynote Address. Sixth grade students, Destine Butturff, Cozette Eastman, and Jared Painschab will decorate the crosses during the Veteran and Auxiliary roll call.

The Charles Claessens American Legion Post 305 and Auxiliary Unit encourages the community to attend these services to honor courage, hope, and freedom as we remember those loved and lost.

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.

Guest speaker will be State Rep. Dean Urdahl.

The student address will be given by Boys and Girls State participants.

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. Legion members will march to the city cemetery. A flatbed trailer will be available for veterans and auxiliary members who choose not to march.

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.

Rev. Bill Baldwin of Prairie Community Church will give the invocation.

The Boys State and Girls State representative will speak.

The main speaker will be McLeod County Sheriff Scott Rehmann.

The band will perform the song, “America.”

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

Darrin Litzau will play Taps, and Baldwin 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 St. Mark Lutheran Cemetery in New Germany 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 Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Mayer at 10:30 a.m. beginning with an address by the church pastor.

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