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Memorial Day observances will be conducted Monday, May 26, throughout the Brainerd area.


Brainerd’s Memorial Day program will be begin at 8:30 a.m. Monday, May 26, at the Laurel Street bridge. A wreath will be tossed into the Mississippi River in memory of those veterans who were lost at sea. A prayer will be offered by Susan Edwards, American Legion chaplain, followed by the firing of a rifle salute and taps being played by Martin Judd.

A short ceremony will follow at the All Veterans Memorial next to the Crow Wing County Courthouse.

In honor of veterans of the Bataan Death March, a brief ceremony will be conducted at the Bataan Memorial, next to the National Guard Armory on Wright Street with Bataan survivor Walter Straka placing a wreath; and a prayer by Edwards.

Brainerd’s Memorial Day parade will being at 10 a.m.; starting with lineup on First Avenue NE, then east on D Street to Third Avenue NE and proceeding to Evergreen Cemetery.

Musical selections will be performed by the Brainerd High School Band under the direction of Chris Fogderud.

Dick Lyscio will serve as master of ceremonies. Chaplain Edwards will give the invocation.

Pledge of Allegiance will be led by Rebecca Yeh, Miss Minnesota.

Posting of the colors will be by the veterans organizations’ Color Guard.

Greetings will be given by Baxter Mayor Darrel Olson, Brainerd Mayor James Wallin and Crow Wing County Commissioner Rosemary Franzen. Evergreen Cemetery Association greetings will be by John Boeder.

Kathleen Thorson, VFW Voice of Democracy winner, will deliver the Gettysburg Address.

Guest speaker will be Bob Nelson, Crow Wing County veterans service officer.

Benediction will be given by Edwards, followed by the firing of the rifle volley by the veterans organizations.

Taps with echo, will be done by Brainerd High School buglers.

Limited handicapped parking will be available at Evergreen Cemetery.

In case of inclement weather the program will be moved to the National Guard Armory on Wright Street, to start at 10 a.m.


The annual Memorial Day ceremony led by the Crosslake-Fifty Lakes American Legion Post 500 will be at 10 a.m. Monday, May 26, at the Crosslake Pinewood Cemetery.

The annual ceremony is to honor and remember deceased military veterans. There are 160 local veterans buried at Pinewood who will be identified with individual American flags at their grave site and recognized individually during the ceremony.

Mayor Darrell Schneider will open the ceremony and welcome those attending. John Carlson will sing the national anthem. Crosslake Community School students and Girl Scout Troop 566 will lay a wreath at the flag pole to honor those who served and will lead the Pledge of Allegiance.

The Rev. Leslie Uhrinak, pastor of Mission of the Cross Lutheran Church and a veteran, will provide the invocation and benediction.

Speaker will be John Repp, post chaplain, who will speak about “Memorial Day for those who didn’t make it home.”

The ceremony will conclude with the color guard providing military honors, including Pequot Lakes High School student Brianna Anick playing taps.

Those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and help pay tribute to the deceased veterans who served their country for our freedom.


Citizens of Nisswa will come together at noon Monday, May 26, at the Nisswa American Legion in a commemoration ceremony to honor all the soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen who made the ultimate sacrifice throughout history.

“We must not forget all those who gave their lives for this great country,” Post Commander Mike Parker said.

Everyone in the Nisswa area is invited to join together in this uniting ceremony.

Guest speakers will include keynote speaker U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Minn., Sen. Carrie Ruud, R-Breezy Point, and Maj. John Donovan.

Jim Starkey of Post 627 will be the master of ceremonies.

The ceremony will begin by recognizing all families with members of their family currently serving in the military.

There will be a number of different events during the ceremony. The Nisswa Elementary School conducted a Memorial Day Essay Contest. The top winner will read an essay on “What it means to be a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Community.”

“The ceremony will not only honor those who have died, but also those who live and continue to fight for the freedom of this great nation,” Parker said.

A community choir led by Sue Lenzen will perform renditions of the national anthem, “There She Stands”, and the “God Bless the USA”. The daughters of Scott Thurlow, a active member of Post 627 who passed away several years ago, will throw a wreath into Nisswa Lake in honor of all who died at sea. Father Zeck will serve as chaplain.


Rev. John Rister, pastor of the Backus Nazarene Church, will give Memorial Day addresses on Monday, May 26, at Backus and Ponto Lake cemeteries conducted by the Backus American Legion and Auxiliary.

Rister, originally from the Detroit area, recently moved to northern Minnesota.

His family includes his wife, Julie, and daughters Emily and Abby. Rister is a U.S. Navy veteran.

The Backus Legion tribute to deceased veterans who served their country will include singing of “America the Beautiful,” remarks by Legion Commander Bill Taylor and Auxiliary President Jean Dawson and Ponto Lake Town Board Chairman James Ballenthin, the memorial address by Rev. Rister, laying of a memorial poppy wreath, a color guard rifle salute and the playing of taps.

Backus services will begin at 10 a.m. at Evergreen Cemetery, and the Ponto Lake service will follow the conclusion of the Backus memorial at approximately 11 a.m., both on Monday.


Pequot Lakes American Legion Post 49 and Jenkins VFW 3839 will host a Memorial Day program at 10 a.m. Monday, May 26, in the Pequot Lakes High School auditorium.

Guest will be Spc. Kristopher Francisco, a Purple Heart recipient from the war in Afghanistan.

After the program, the joint color guards will march to the Pequot Lakes Cemetery to present honors and then to Sibley Park where a wreath will be placed in Lake Sibley honoring departed Navy veterans.

A free luncheon, open to the public, will be served at the Pequot Lakes American Legion after the ceremonies.


The Pine River American Legion will host Memorial Day services at 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 26, at the dam in Pine River, 10:30 a.m. at the Pine River Cemetery and 11:30 a.m. at Swanburg Cemetery.

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