Memorial Day observances set for May 27
Red Wing began its four-day Memorial Day 2019 observance Friday when the Field of Honor opened at Bay Point Park.
The Veterans Memorial Service will begin at 8:15 a.m. Monday, May 27, at John Rich Park. After the laying of a wreath by Sgt. Alexander Hayes, 434th Chemical Co. soldier of the year, and veteran Janice Hinz there will be a firing squad salute.
As grand marshal, Hayes will join honorary grand marshal Forest Wipperling at the full service, which will begin at 8:45 a.m. in Central Park. Due to high water, the service was moved away from the river.
Lt. Col. Jennifer Aasland, United States Air Force MSC, will give the main address. She is the director of operations in the 934th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron. She and her husband moved to Red Wing from Oregon in 2005 and she calls herself a "proud citizen of Red Wing."
Red Wing High School Ovation and the concert band will provide music. A variety of people are slated to give readings, carry the colors and lead prayers. Readings will include "Logan's Proclamation" and the "Gettysburg Address."
Citizens are invited to bring their lawn chairs.
Other area Memorial Day ceremonies include:
Members of VFW Post 4452 and American Legion Post 142 will host events:
• 10:30 a.m. parade, Russell Qualle, Korea Veteran parade grand marshal. The parade starts on Second street by Merchants Bank and goes down Fourth to Mill streets.
• 11 a.m. special program at the cemetery. The featured speaker will be Bill Murphy, VFW 1st District Chaplain. Readings will include "In Flanders Field," "Response to Flanders Field" and others. The Cannon Falls High School Band will provide music.
• 10 a.m. program at Lincoln High School with keynote by retired U.S. Air Force Col. B. Wayne Quist. There will be other speakers and music by the Lake City High School band.
The Bellechester American Legion Post 598 has three stops:
• 8:30 a.m. Mass followed by a 9:15 a.m. ceremony in the St. Columbkill Cemetery, west of Goodhue. The Third Minnesota Civil War re-enactors will be present.
• 9:45 a.m. ceremony in Evergreen Cemetery, Goodhue.
• 10:30 a.m. in St. Mary's Cemetery, Bellechester, the American Legion alone will lead ceremonies. Meanwhile, the Third Minnesota re-enactors will head to Wasioja, site of the last Civil War recruiting station. That ceremony will be at 11 a.m. on the old seminary grounds.
Harding-Darrington Bay City American Legion and Auxiliary will appear at the following:
• 8 a.m. Esdaile Cemetery
• 8:30 a.m. Hartland Methodist Cemetery
• 9 a.m. Tabor Lutheran Cemetery
• 9:30 a.m. Bay City Lakeshore. Ellsworth Middle School Band, under the direction of Lisa Benz, will play. Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts will also attend.
• 10 a.m. Bay City Cemetery. The EMS band will play at Bay City Cemetery. Pastor Dave Hugare of Zion Covenant Church will speak.
• 11 a.m. Trenton Cemetery with band and Hugare will speak.
• 11:30 a.m. Diamond Bluff Cemetery.
• Noon Svea Lutheran Cemetery.
Kinne-Engelhart Post 204 American Legion Memorial Day program will kick off at 9:45 a.m.with a parade from Legion Hall to Main Street, east on Main to Chestnut, south on Chestnut to the Senior High School Cafetorium.
The program will take place at 10:15 a.m. at Ellsworth High School, followed by lunch at 11:30 a.m. at the Legion Hall.
The morning will begin with visits to the following cemeteries:
• 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
• 9 a.m. Clayfield
• 7:45 a.m. St. Francis
• 8 a.m. Thurston Hill
• 8:15 a.m. Beldenville
• 8:35 a.m. Beldenville Civil War grave
• 8:50 a.m. El Paso
• 9:05 a.m. Lost Creek
• 7:45 a.m. Hartland Presbyterian
• 8 a.m. Bethlehem Lutheran
• 8:25 a.m. Bethel Covenant (Moeville)
• 8:55 a.m. Trimbelle.
This year's honorary grand marshal is Leonard Musgjerd, a Faribault-born Navy veteran who has lived and worked in Kenyon since high school
• 10:30 a.m. parade starting at Speedway on Second Street heading toward Kenyon Cemetery on Mogren HIll. Capt. Amanda A. Blaschko, an Air Force pilot who has flown in combat in support of Operation Inherent Resolve and Operation Enduring Freedom, will speak at the cemetery.
Maiden Rock American Legion will hold ceremonies at the following cemeteries:
• 7:25 a.m. Little Plum
• 7:40 a.m. Frankfort
• 7:55 a.m. Porcupine
• 8:25 a.m. Moravian
• 8:35 a.m. Old Sabylund
• 8:50 a.m. New Stockholm
• 9:05 a.m. Old Stockholm
• 9:30 a.m. Oakwood Pepin
• 10 a.m. New Sabylund
• 10:15 a.m. Swedish Methodist
• 10:45 a.m. Maiden Rock
• 11 a.m. Lake Pepin lakeshore for those who died at sea.
Post 365 will visit five local cemeteries:
• 9:30 a.m. Free Home
• 9:50 a.m. Lund
• 10:10 a.m. Ono
• 10:30 a.m. Town of Union/Village of Plum City and St. John's
• 10:30 a.m. patriotic concert performed by the Plum City Middle School Band, under the direction of Mrs. Connie Mann, will take place at Spring Pond Park. There will be a memorial remembrance tree where people can leave a poppy or tag in honor of their loved ones and these will be used in next year's wreath.
Post No. 365 will stop at Plum City High School at 11 a.m. to honor those veterans who lost their lives while serving in the military and the Plum City Care Center/The Seasons at 11:15 a.m. to honor the veterans who are homebound.
• 8 a.m. short ceremony and prayer at Wanamingo POW/MIA Memorial
• 9 a.m. parade down Main Street toward the Zumbro River Bridge with a short program at Riverside Park.
• 9:15 a.m. assembly on Mill Street between Fourth and Fifth Streets and a 9:45 a.m. parade to cemetery
• 9:55 a.m. bus ride to the cemetery for a program.