By Ben Ernhart
Delano American Legion Post 377 will host a Memorial Day parade and service Monday, May 30. The parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Legion, stop on the bridge, and conclude at the Central Park gazebo. University of Minnesota Regent Darrin Rosha will be the guest speaker. Rosha is an attorney with the Rosha Legal Group in Orono and is also a Colonel serving as the military judge for the Missouri Army National Guard. Following the service, the Legion will host an open community hotdog lunch.
Paul Stinson American Legion 514 will hold the Annual Memorial Day service at Lewis Cemetery Monday, May 30, beginning at 10:30 a.m. A 45-minute service honoring active and deceased veterans will be held. Lewis Cemetery is located one mile west of Maple Plain on US Highway 12 at County Road 90. Service will feature Maple Plain’s Mayor, Julie Maas-Kusske, as the guest speaker and a performance by the Orono High School Band. The public is invited to bring “unserviceable US flags,” and the Legion will have a bin available to accept them.
Legion 514 will also be visiting Oakland Cemetery at 8:45 a.m., Christ Cemetery at 9:00 a.m., and Loretto Cemetery at 9:45 a.m.
In the event of inclement weather, the service will be held at the Christ Lutheran Church, East Main St., in Maple Plain, at 10:30 a.m.
Wright County VFW Post 1901, located at 300 Zephyr Avenue, will host a program Monday, May 30, at 10:30 a.m. This will be the last year for memorial crosses, as the Post’s permanent memorial will be completed soon. Wreaths will be on the crosses, rather than having individuals place wreaths on the crosses during the program, as has been past practice. The program will also feature a Buffalo High School Band performance, and cookies and refreshments will be served afterward. A guest speaker has not yet been announced.
The Rockford Memorial Day Parade will take place Monday, May 30, and begin at 10:00 a.m. in front of the Rockford Middle School on Ash Street. The parade will stop for the Navy Memorial program at the Crow River (Bridge St and Mechanic St) at approximately 10:15 a.m. and conclude with a Memorial Service at Elmwood Cemetery (Maple Street) at approximately 10:30 a.m.
“Meet and Greet” will be directly following the program at the cemetery. People can walk around the cemetery and “meet” some of the people who are buried there. More accurately, the Rockford Area Historical Society will have 50 historical plaques of Rockford’s veterans, pioneers, and influential community members who are buried at Elmwood Cemetery.
Following the parade, these local organizations will be serving food and refreshments:
Lion’s Pork Chop Dinner at Riverside Park, 8220 Elm Street, starting at 11 a.m.
Historic Stork House Root Beer Float Social, 8131 Bridge Street, from 11:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.
United Presbyterian Church Open House, 6301 Maple Street, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
The Watertown American Legion Post 121 will have a Memorial Day Service Monday, May 30, at 10 a.m. It will take place at the Watertown Mayer High School Performing Arts Center.
There will be student speakers, and the high school chorus will perform — refreshments and fellowship following the service.
Area Memorial Day programs set
By Ben Ernhart