By Ryan Gueningsman
Local communities will remember and honor those who defended the United States with service in the military.
Memorial Day observances have been set for Monday, May 30 in a number of local communities.
In Delano, a parade will take place from the Delano American Legion parking lot, to the bridge on Bridge Avenue, then north on River Street to Central Park.
Parade participants are asked to be at the Legion at 10 a.m. The parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. and stop on the bridge for a brief ceremony, then continue on to Central Park’s gazebo for a program to honor veterans, featuring an address by Brig. Gen. Dennis W. Schulstad, according to Delano American Legion Commander Jack Lynch.
Musical selections will be performed by the Delano High School band, as well as by a musical group called the Soul Sisters, featuring Megan Phillips, Becca Shaffner, Kathy Kurtz, Sheri Steinmetz, and Sarah Triplett.
Following the program at Central Park, all are invited to the Legion for a free lunch. The post and auxiliary will have June meetings following the lunch.
A veterans memorial garden will also be dedicated at the Delano American Legion Monday, May 30, immediately following the observance at the park. This is part of a Girl Scout Gold project completed by Amber Doboszenski and Emily Peterson.
Schulstad is mobilization assistant to the director of plans and programs, headquarters air combat command at Langley Air Force Base, VA.
He evaluates policies and procedures pertaining to the integration and utilization of Air Reserve forces into the ACC active-duty structure.
The directorate develops concepts, policies and doctrine for employment of combat air forces.
Schulstad entered the Air Force in 1966, as a graduate of the University of Minnesota’s Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program.
He has served as a public affairs officer at a numbered air force, as well as headquarters tactical air command and air combat command.
As an additional duty, he has been an admissions liaison officer for the US Air Force Academy and AFROTC for more than 20 years and still serves as senior adviser and congressional relations officer.
He has commanded a student squadron and the admissions liaison officer program in the Minnesota region.
In his civilian capacity, he is an eight-term elected member of the Minneapolis City Council, and a political campaign consultant.
The Memorial Day observance for Montrose will be Monday, May 30 at Lions Park at 10 a.m.
There will be a short parade beginning at the Montrose Elementary School and proceeding to the park. Parade participants are asked to be at the school by 9:45 a.m.
The guest speaker will be Major Andrew Swarzter, who is a 1993 graduate of Delano High School, and the son of Robert and MaryLynn Swartzer of Montrose.
After receiving his commission into the US Air Force in 1998, Swartzer has served as a career space and missile officer, working as a missile combat crew commander in the minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) weapon system, and as a satellite vehicle operator for the Global Positioning System (GPS).
In his current assignment as joint forces command, Swartzer has deployed extensively around the world to train combatant command and joint task force headquarters to include those in Iraq and Afghanistan.
In the event of rain, the program will be at the Montrose Community Center. Donuts, coffee, and pop will be served following the program.
This event is sponsored by the Wright County VWF 1901 and ladies auxiliary.
Memorial Day service will be Monday, May 30 at Lewis Cemetery, beginning at 10:30 a.m.
The guest speaker will be Judge Kerry Meyer of Hennepin County, according to Legion Post 514 Commander Gary McPherson.
Lewis Cemetery is located one mile west of Maple Plain on Highway 12 at Hennepin County Road 90.
Special music will be provided by the Orono High School Band. Also participating will be Pastor Gale Reitan of Lyndale Lutheran Church, and soloist Dean Mooney, a fellow Legionnaire.
Post 514 Legion honor guard/firing squad will salute the departed comrades at Oakland Cemetery at 8:45 a.m., Christ Lutheran Cemetery at 9:15 a.m., and at the Loretto Catholic Cemetery at 9:45 a.m.
The public is invited to attend any or all of these services honoring all persons who have served our country in the military services.
In case of rain, the service will be at the Christ Lutheran Church, East Main Street, in Maple Plain, at 10:30 a.m.
In Rockford, a parade starts at 10 a.m. from the Rockford Middle School with Navy services at the Crow River and memorial services at the Elmwood Cemetery.
In case of rain, services will be in the Rockford High School Gymnasium.
The Rockford Lions will serve a pork chop dinner beginning at 11 a.m. in the Riverside Park-Lions building.
A pie and ice cream social will take place at the Ames-Florida-Stork House from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to raise money for the maintenance of the home.
For information, contact Lion Eric Lloyd at (763) 477-5045.