Memorial Day ceremonies, parades planned around region

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The highlight of the ceremony will be paying tribute to our Cold War era veterans by awarding them with the Cold War era lapel pin. Music will be a military medley by Dori Panthofer and Steve Jansta.

As barbeques, picnics and other activities take place this weekend, we must remain ever-cognizant of the expensive price tag that comes along with these daily freedoms we enjoy. Breakfast will be served at 8 a.m. An 11 a.m. service will be held at Youngwood Cemetery.

American Legion Post 697, the Sioux City Scottish Rite and Morningside Lodge 615 all gathered at Memorial Park Cemetery Thursday morning to place flags on all veterans graves. Anyone wishing to assist is welcome to participate.

The libraries, schools and city hall will be closed May 28 for the holiday. The color guard will be provided by the Conrad F. Kania Detachment of the Marine Corps.

West St. Paul: 10 a.m. ceremony with address by Col. Paul Gydesen, retired from the U.S. Air Force.

"G3 would like to invite everyone that sponsored downtown military banners to display their yard banners in their yards that day, and that everyone attending please drive through our lovely downtown and acknowledge our soldiers displayed". Limited bleacher seating is available; lawn chairs are welcome.

The Cokato American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary's parade begins at 10:15 a.m., with a program at 10:45 the Cokato Elementary School auditorium. Following this service, attendees will convene on Herritage Street at the Walk of Honor for a wreath laying at the Korean/Vietnam Memorial. The program will begin with a welcome by Commander Lyle Gordon followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, a reading by Legion member Bob Belden, a reading by Auxiliary member Mary Belden and a selection by the West Central Band.

The Veterans Tribute Tower Committee will host the traditional Memorial Day Ceremony on the Cemetery Green surrounding the Veterans Tribute Tower and flagpole. The keynote speaker will be Sister Linda "Sarge" McClenahan, a Vietnam veteran, Dominican sister and counselor at the Hopes Center of Racine.

The New Bern Memorial Day Ceremony is at 11 a.m. Monday at New Bern National Cemetery, 1711 National Ave., New Bern.

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10 a.m. - The 2018 Memorial Day Parade starts at the Altamont High School, proceeds down East Division Street, then onto North Main Street to Union Cemetery.

This year there will not be a procession from Wedgewood Park to the Grandville Cemetery.

Kinston's VFW Annual Memorial Day ceremonies will begin Saturday at 8 front of the Lenoir County Courthouse. A conductress from the Disabled American Auxiliary Unit 9 will speak.

Kalida - 8 a.m. church service at St. Michael Church.

Following VanDyke's talk, there will be a Wreath Laying Ceremony, a 21-Gun Salute, Taps and the releasing of doves by AMVET member Henry Ebbelaar.

The town honors Memorial Day with a parade stepping off at 10 a.m. from Londonderry High School on Mammoth Road.

Monday - American Legion Harvey Funk Post 494, Caledonia, will conduct Memorial Day services with a rifle salute at these cemeteries: McPherson Cemetery, 7100 block of Highway K, Raymond, 9 a.m.; Oak Grove Cemetery, Highway G and 76th Street, Raymond, 9:15 a.m.; St. Louis Cemetery, 13207 Highway G, Caledonia, 9:30 a.m.; Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, 7 Mile and Nicholson roads, Caledonia, 10 a.m.; Caledonia Memorial Cemetery, 6800 block of Nicholson Road, Caledonia, 10:30 a.m.; Caledonia-Mount Pleasant Memorial Park, highways K and H, Caledonia, 11 a.m.; Harvey Funk Post 494, 4700 block of Highway 41 (East Frontage Road), Caledonia, 11:30 a.m. Lunch will be served after the service. Master of Ceremonies will be Brownstown Village President Virginia Wilber. The Vegas tent's hours are 6-11 p.m. Friday; 3 p.m. -1 a.m. Saturday and Sunday; and noon-6 p.m. Monday.

Residents of Southeast Queens will have two chances to see a parade on Monday, as Laurelton's event will kick off at 9 a.m. sharp from the intersection of Francis Lewis and Merrick boulevards and end at the Laurelton Veterans Memorial Triangle.