In 1999 Congress ensured that the nation was given the opportunity to show their appreciation publicly for troops past and present. May is Military Appreciation Month because there are many days marked to note our military’s achievements including: Silver Star Service Banner Day (5/1), Loyalty Day (5/1), Victory in Europe (VE) Day commemorating the end of WWII in Europe in 1945 (5/8), Children of Fallen Patriots Day, Military Spouse Appreciation Day (5/11), Armed Forces Week (5/12-20), Armed Forces Day (5/19), Maritime Day (5/22), and Memorial Day (5/28) ends the month with a day to remember the service and sacrifice of those who gave all.
To honor our fallen veterans, here are some of the local Memorial Day Programs
Willmar: Willmar veterans raise the Flags of Honor on Friday on the east side of Willmar Lake. Squads of veterans from the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, AMVets and others placed flags on the graves of every veteran in the area. On Memorial Day, the veterans will visit each cemetery where they will read the roll call, fire a rifle salute and play taps.
Vinje 7:45 a.m., Bethel 8, St. Mary’s 8:15, Calvary 8:30, Homewood Park 8:45 a.m., flags of honor site 9 a.m.
St. John’s 7:30 a.m., Salem Covenant 7:45, Mamrelund 8, Lundby 8:15, Church of God 8:30, Nannestad 8:40, Lake Florida 9:05 and Solomon Lake 9:15 a.m.
Long Lake 7:20 a.m., Eagle Lake 7:35, State Hospital 7:45, Cloverleaf 8:05, Tripolis 8:30, Oak Park 8:40, Oak Hill 8:50, Svea 9:15 a.m.
Memorial Day Service
On Monday, the observance and program is at 11 a.m. at Fairview Cemetery in Willmar. Auxiliary members and others will gather near the cemetery chapel at 10:30 a.m. to walk as a group to the observance to honor fallen comrades. Everyone is welcome to set up their lawn chairs and then join them for the short walk. There will be a silent tribute to the unknown soldiers and a wreath will be placed in their honor.
Appleton: The Memorial Day program will begin at 9 a.m. Monday at the Appleton City Cemetery. Pastor Jodie Cole of Appleton Baptist Church will give the address.
Atwater: The Memorial Day program will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Atwater Community Center. Pastor Christa Forsythe will give the address. It will be followed by a potluck dinner that everyone is welcome to join.
Belgrade: The Memorial Day program will be at 11 a.m. the BBE High School.
Benson: The Memorial Day parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. Monday in front of the junior high auditorium and end at the cemetery. A program at the cemetery will follow the parade.
Bird Island: The Memorial Day program will begin at 8:45 a.m. at the BOLD school in Bird Island.
Brooten: The Memorial Day program will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Legion Park.
Clara City: The Memorial Day program will begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the MACCRAY Senior High.
Cosmos: The Memorial Day program will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the American Legion.
Danube: The Memorial Day program will be at 9 a.m. Monday at the Danube school auditorium.
Granite Falls: A Memorial Day program will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Veterans Park along the river in downtown.
Hector: The Memorial Day program will begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the BLHS High School in Hector.
Kerkhoven: Memorial Day will start with a traditional breakfast from 7 to 9 a.m. at the Civic Center. The program will be at 9:30 a.m. at Hillside Cemetery.
Litchfield: The Memorial Day parade will begin at 9:15 a.m. from Central Park to Lake Ripley Cemetery for a 10:15 a.m. program.
Montevideo: The Memorial Day program will be at 11 a.m. at Sunset Memorial Cemetery.
New London: The Memorial Day program will be at 11:30 a.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery.
Olivia: The Memorial Day program will be at 10:45 a.m. Monday at the National Guard Armory.
Paynesville: The Memorial Day program will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Paynesville school auditorium.
Raymond: The Memorial Day parade will begin at 9 a.m. Monday at the school and proceeds to Fairview Cemetery for the program. The parade will reassemble and proceed to St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery for another program.
Renville: The Memorial Day program will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Community Center.
Sacred Heart: The Memorial Day program will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Sacred Heart School.
Spicer: A lakeside service for veterans buried overseas will be at 9:45 a.m. in downtown Spicer.