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Local Memorial Day programs feature new schedules
May 23, 2011

Memorial Day services are set in the area for the morning of Monday, May 30, giving residents a variety of options to remember fallen soldiers.


Memorial Day observance in Winsted will begin with a Naval tribute at Mill Reserve Park at 8:15 a.m.

Members of American Legion Post 407 will then march to Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery, followed by a Mass at 9 a.m.

Commander of American Legion Post 407 Jeff Sterner will be master of ceremonies for the 10 a.m. service at the cemetery.

The invocation will be given by Father Tony Hesse, 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 US Representative Collin Peterson.

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 (Sterner 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 Fr. Hesse 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 30.

MN State Senator Majority Leader Amy Koch will present the Keynote Address. Father Timothy Cloutier will offer the prayer. Selections by the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Band will be played.

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. Refreshments follow in the fire barn.

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.

Guest speaker will be Jason Maszaros, Army intelligence officer veteran, Gulf War veteran, and author.

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 10 a.m. at the American Legion Service Member Memorial in Central Park.

The honor squad will assemble at the city hall and march to the memorial site.

The ceremony will include the dedication of the Black Granite Stone Memorial, engraved with the names of military service members living or deceased.

Participants will be Legion members, the Legion firing squad honoring the dead, Legion Auxiliary, the Lester Prairie Fire Department, Lester Prairie High School Band and additional students,

The speaker will be Roger K. Olson from Hutchinson.

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.

The Granite Memorial is an on-going memorial open to any service member, currently serving or having served and received an honorable discharge. To honor a service member, should contact Ed Mlynar at (320) 395-2258.

The white crosses with the names of the deceased will no longer be used with the change of location The decision was made to discontinue the tradition. The crosses will be displayed one last time at the far west end of the city cemetery starting Saturday, May 28. Any family members who want to pick up the cross of their deceased veteran may do so from May 28 thru June 5. Remaining crosses will be collected and disposed of.

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 United Methodist Cemetery and Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Mayer at 9:30 a.m., followed by St. John Cemetery in Hollywood Township at 10 a.m.

The main program will take place at St. Mark Lutheran Cemetery in New Germany at 10:30 a.m.

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