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A day of remembrance

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The annual Memorial Day service in Bay Point Park Monday May 30 featured many military veterans. (photos by Michael Brun) 2 / 6
People explore the Field of Honor set up near the ceremony. Red Wing Area Seniors organized the display of 350 American Flags dedicated in the memory of loved ones.3 / 6
Retired Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Walter M. Stolpa Jr. delivers the main address Monday May 30 during the Memorial Day service in Bay Point Park.4 / 6
The service included artillery and firing squad salutes.5 / 6
Dozens of veterans, family members and residents attended the service.6 / 6

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.

Color guard from the 434th Chemical Co. raise the flag over Bay Point Park.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.

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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