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A hearty applause was given as veterans from all eras and wars gathered together during the Crosslake Lutheran Memorial Day Ceremony. - photo by Donna Evans
Colonel Scott St. Sauver was the guest speaker at Crosslake Lutheran Memorial Day Service held on Sunday, May 25th. Sauver is the Post Commander of Camp Ripley, MN. Sauver gave an emotional speech about our veterans to the large crowd that showed up for the Memorial Day Service at the outdoor church.- photo by Donna Evans
A member of the Crosslake/Fifty Lakes American Legion Post 500, raised the flag to half mast to honor those veterans who have fallen. - photo by Donna Evans
Crosslake Mayor, Darrell Schneider, greeted the dozens of people who showed up for the ceremony and gave the opening remarks. - photo by Donna Evans
An aerial fly over to honor veterans was performed by the North Star Squadron, a group of four fixed wing aircraft flown by experienced pilots. The squadron is led by Steve Knight, from Mission Hill, South Dakota. - photo by Donna Evans

Hundreds Attended Area Memorial Day Events

Web posted June 3, 2014
Hundreds of people showed up at Memorial Day events to show their support for our veterans. The Crosslake Lutheran Church held an outdoor service on Sunday, May 25th. Area veterans were encouraged to come down to the stage to be recognized for their service to our country.

The Sunday celebration also featured a bugler playing TAPS; a contingent of American Legion veterans firing an honorary salute to the dead; and an aerial fly-over by the North Star Squadron.

On Monday, May 27th, the annual Memorial Day Ceremony led by the Crosslake/Fifty Lakes American Legion Post 500, was held at Crosslake Pinewood Cemetery. The ceremony honored the area’s deceased Military Veterans who served our Country. Over 160 local veterans are buried at Pinewood.

Crosslake Community School Students and Girl Scout Troop 566 laid a wreath at the flagpole to honor our veterans. They also led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance.

The 2014 Memorial Service at the Pine Ridge Cemetery in Emily was planned and presented by the Emily Area Pastors’ Fellowship and area churches. Special participants included the living veterans of Emily and Outing, the Emily-Outing Community Band Ensemble, Ironton Legion Color Guard, and the Lakers Lions. As always, as the names of deceased veterans are read, a carnation is placed upon a cross and a bell is rung. Over one hundred visitors attended, including many family members of veterans who are buried at Pine Ridge.

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After members of the Lakers Lions read the names of over 200 area veteran’s that had passed away, everyone focused their attention on a carnation covered cross while Taps was played. - photo by Paul Boblett
Rev, Reggie Smith gave the message at the Memorial Day Service in Emily - photo by Paul Boblett
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