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Open Forum: Honor a deceased veteran

The Crow Wing County Memorial Day Committee is again having an annual Memorial Day parade and ceremony honoring all of America’s Veterans at the Evergreen Cemetery on Memorial Day May 30.

As part of the Memorial Day activities the committee posts casket flags of deceased veterans along the Evergreen cemetery fence. This annual event started in 1988 with just a few flags and has grown each year with more casket flags added each year.

A veteran’s survivor may chose to donate the casket flag or a similar flag that was given by the U.S. government at the veteran’s funeral service. The Memorial Day Committee will take responsibility for the casket flag and will post the flag each year thereafter on Memorial Day. The committee asks that a $110 donation be made to the committee to purchase a flag pole and a plaque. The plaque will have the veteran’s full name, branch of service and the war or wars the veteran served in. This will become the property of the Memorial Day Committee who will maintain the flag in perpetuity.

The flag will be flown each Memorial Day from 6 am. Until 6 pm. Unless inclement weather should prevail. This is to prevent deterioration of the flag.

If you are interested in honoring your family member or friend please contact Nancy Laughton, president Memorial Day Committee, 2927 Kappel Road, Brainerd, MN 56401, or call (218) 829-8208.

Mark A. Strobel

Memorial Day Committee Member