A day of remembrance
A field of American flags and lawn chairs filled Bay Point Park on Monday May 30 for the annual Memorial Day service.
The event featured firing squad and artillery salutes, floral tribute, a reading of the Gettysburg Address and music by Red Wing High School Concert Band and Ovation Choir.
Retired Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Walter M. Stolpa Jr. delivered the main address. The Winona native and former Red Wing resident enlisted at age 17 and served for 24 years.
“I bestow upon you liberty, freedom and happiness — bought and paid for by the blood, sweat and tears of those we honor here today,” Stolpa said. “It is indeed an honor to rise and speak for those silenced on the field of battle and others by the relentless march of time.”
He said Memorial Day is a day to honor the memory of those who sacrificed their lives “so that we can live free from fear and tyranny.”
The Vietnam War veteran then read the names of the 14 Goodhue County service members killed in the conflict. “They came home in flag-draped coffins to less-than-heroic welcomes they deserved.”
A veteran’s memorial service was held prior to the event at John Rich Park. More than 300 American flags also were displayed in Bay Point Park for the Field of Honor by Red Wing Area Seniors.