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A day to remember

Red, white and blue will adorn the Red Wing riverside Monday for a Memorial Day service to honor members of the U.S. Armed Forces who gave their lives in service of the country.

The event begins with a small firing-squad salute a wreath-laying ceremony 8:15 a.m. Monday at John Rich Park, followed by a main service 8:45 a.m. at Bay Point Park.

Giving the main address will be Maj. Gen. David J. Elicerio, commander of the Minnesota National Guard 34th Infantry "Red Bull" Division.

The Red Wing High School Concert Band and Ovation Choir will perform at the service, Red Wing's Memorial Day committee chairman Daryl Duden said.

"We generally get a pretty good crowd," said Duden, who estimates at least 500 people will attend.

The service also will feature a reading of the Gettysburg Address and the original 1868 proclamation by Gen. John A. Logan that set the groundwork for the holiday.

The Red Wing American Legion, 218 W. Fourth St., will host a Memorial Day brunch 9 a.m. to noon.

Bay Point park also is the backdrop for the sixth annual Field of Honor throughout the weekend.

This event will be "a quiet time to remember people who are serving," said Robin Wipperling, the program director for Red Wing Area Seniors.

The field will be open 24 hours a day, closing Tuesday May 28.

Bay City

The Bay City American Legion will be hosting a Memorial Day service 9:30 a.m. at Bay City Lakeshore.The service will include a performance by the Ellsworth Middle School Band.

There also will be services 10 a.m. at Bay City Cemetery and 10:45 at Trenton Cemetery. The Ellsworth Middle School Band will perform and Ellsworth High School principal Mark Stoesz will be the guest speaker.

Bay City American Legion will host additional services 8 a.m. at Esdaile Cemetery; 8:30 a.m. at Harland Methodist Cemetery; 9 a.m. Tabor Lutheran Cemetery; 11:30 a.m. Diamond Bluff Cemetery; and 12 p.m. Svea Lutheran Cemetery.


Goodhue will host a Memorial Day ceremony 9:30 a.m. at Evergreen Cemetery. The event is scheduled to last around 30 minutes.

Participating in the ceremony will be Bellechester American Legion Post #598, Civil War living historians and members of the 3rd Minnesota Infantry, Company C.

Attendees are asked to bring their own seating.

The Cannon River Rendezvous runs throughout the Memorial Day weekend. The Civil War encampment is set up five miles west of Cannon Falls on Highway 19 and opens to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Sunday as well as 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday.

The Memorial Day service will be at 1 p.m.

There will be an area where people can write down a person's name and then put it in a container of smoldering coals, Doug Hutton said. He is the president of the Twin Cities Muzzle Loaders Club.

The club arranged the rendezvous for people who are interested in history, and especially interested in the fur trade and the Rocky Mountains from 1820 to 1840.

There will be re-enactors who have set up camps that demonstrate what their mountaineer lifestyle was life, black powder shooting competitions and tomahawk-throwing competitions to name a few of the activities.

"It's a lot of fun," Hutton said. "It's really exciting for children as well."

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Cmd. Spt. Major William Yingst, retired, will speak at the Ellsworth service.

Kinne-Engelhart Post 204 will start its annual parade at 9:45 a.m., traveling the Legion Hall to Main Street, east on Main to Chestnut Street and then south on Chestnut to the Ellsworth High School. The program there will start at 10:15 a.m..

The cemetery visitation schedule is:

• Squad 1: 7:45 a.m., Maple Grove; 8 a.m., United Church of Christ; 8:25 a.m., Zion Covenant; 8:45 a.m., Old Clayfield; and 9 a.m., Clayfield.

• Squad 2: 7:45 a.m., St. Francis; 8 a.m., Thurston Hill; 8:15 a.m., Beldenville; 8:50 a.m., El Paso; and 9:05 a.m., Lost Creek.

• Squad 3: 7:45 a.m., Hartland Presbyterian; 8 a.m., Bethlehem Lutheran; 8:25 a.m., Bethel Covenant (Moeville); and 8:55 a.m., Trimbelle.

Maiden Rock

Maiden Rock Post 158 American Legionnaires will observe Memorial Day at the following cemeteries: Little Plum, 7:25 a.m.; Frankfort, 7:40 a.m.; Porcupine, 7:55 a.m.; Moravian, 8:25 a.m.; Old Sabylund, 8:35 a.m.; New Stockholm Cemetery, 8:50 a.m.; Old Stockholm, 9:05 a.m.; Oakwood Pepin, 9:30 a.m.; New Sabylund, 10 a.m.; Swedish Methodist, 10:15 a.m.; Maiden Rock, 10:45 a.m.; and Lake Pepin lake shore, 11 a.m., for those who died at sea.

Plum City

Plum City Memorial Day services will begin at 8 a.m. at Marie Lund Cemetery in Lund.

A general assembly will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the American Legion Hall. Legionnaires will decorate graves at Free Home Cemetery south of Plum City at 9 a.m., at Ono Cemetery at Grange Hall at 9:30 a.m. and at Union and Catholic cemeteries north of Plum City at 10:15 a.m. American Legion Post 365 decorates the individual graves of about 250 veterans at five cemeteries.

This year's visit to the Plum City Care Center to show honor to the homebound veterans will follow the cemetery services at about 11 a.m.

Members of Post 365 will then proceed to Spring Pond Park for a ceremony, followed by a program and lunch at the American Legion Hall.

Michael Brun

Michael Brun joined RiverTown Multimedia at the Red Wing Republican Eagle in March 2013, covering county government, health and local events.  He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls journalism program.

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