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Memorial Day plans announced for Dassel and Cokato
May 22, 2020

Nancy Dashwood
Staff Writer

DASSEL-COKATO, MN – Although we are living in unprecedented times due to the impact of COVID-19, plans for important ceremonies are coming together.

Dassel

The Dassel American Legion Post #364 will conduct a short Memorial Day service.

There will not be a keynote speaker, and coffee and treats will not be served.

The service is not intended as a public event, though Legion members will implement social distancing practices if members of the public arrive.

The public is encouraged to attend virtually on Facebook at “Dassel American Legion Post #364,” for a livefeed of a mini Memorial Day ceremony Monday, May 25, at 10 a.m.

The short program will be as follows:

• Opening – Steve Brecht

• Flag raising

• Pledge of Allegiance

• Invocation – Pastor Darren Olson, Dassel Covenant Church

• Rifle volley

• Taps

• Benediction – Pastor Douglas Pierce, Lake Jennie Evangelical Church.

The Dassel Ambassadors and Dassel American Legion Post #364 members will place small flags throughout the cemetery. Anyone who wishes to report a grave that has been missed may call 320-241-8469.

Cokato

The Cokato American Legion Post #209, and the Legion Auxiliary members will honor Memorial Day differently this year because of COVID-19 concerns.

The Cokato American Legion traditionally honors local citizens who were either killed in action, or in the line of duty. Their names will appear in next week’s special edition of the Enterprise Dispatch.

The Cokato American Legion Honor Guard will do the honors at the Finnish Memorial Cemetery at 7:30 a.m., and at the Cokato Veterans Park at 8 a.m. Monday, May 25.

The Cokato American Legion encourages anyone who feels comfortable to attend, observing current social distancing guidelines.

The traditional parade and program at Cokato Elementary will not take place this year.

Residents are encouraged to set a reminder for 3 p.m. for the National Moment of Remembrance.

This observation, which formally began in the year 2000, calls Americans to voluntarily and informally observe a moment of silence at 3 p.m., and reflect in their own way.

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