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COMMUNITY MEMORIAL DAY SERVICES

Web posted May 20, 2014
Crosslake 2014 Memorial Day Ceremony
The annual Memorial Day Ceremony led by the Crosslake/Fifty Lakes American Legion Post 500, will be held at 10am on Monday, May 26th at the Crosslake Pinewood Cemetery.

The annual ceremony is to honor and remember our deceased Military Veterans who served our Country. There are 160 of our local veterans buried at Pinewood who will be identified with individual American Flags at their grave site and recognized individually during the ceremony.

This year our Mayor, Darrell Schneider, will open the ceremony and welcome those attending.

We are again privileged to have John Carlson share his talent singing our National Anthem. Our own Crosslake Community School Students and Girl Scout Troop 566 will lay a wreath at the flag pole to honor those who served and will lead us in our Pledge of Allegiance.

Reverend Leslie Uhrinak, Pastor of Mission of the Cross Lutheran Church, a veteran himself, will provide the Invocation and Benediction.

Our speaker this year will be John Repp, our Post Chaplain who speak about "Memorial Day for those who didn’t make it home”.

The Ceremony will conclude with the Color Guard providing Military Honors including Pequot Lakes High School Student Brianna Anick playing Taps.

Please come (bring lawn chairs) and help pay tribute to the deceased veterans who unselfishly served their country for our freedom.

Crosslake Lutheran Church Sunday, May 25, 2014
Crosslake Lutheran Church will again host a community observance of Memorial Day at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 25th at the Outdoor Worship Center on Daggett Pine Road in Crosslake, across from the Crosslake Community Center.

The Memorial Day celebration will feature patriotic music; 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, a group of four fixed wing aircraft flown by experienced pilots who participate in air shows throughout the Midwest. The leader of this squadron is Steve Knight, who has been an advisor to the Civil Air Patrol and now lives in Mission Hill, South Dakota.

Veterans from World War II to the present will be honored. The theme of the day is “our continuing search for peace and good will among all people”.

Colonel Scott St. Sauver will be the guest speaker. He is the Post Commander of Camp Ripley, MN, a 53,000 acre State of Minnesota owned training facility, and Commander of the Training Support Unit that is responsible for the day to day operations of Camp Ripley.

St. Sauver began his career by enlisting in the South Dakota Army National Guard in 1980. In 1988 St. Sauver attended the Wyoming Officer Candidate School and earned his commission as a Field Artillery Officer. St. Sauver has held numerous positions as a Field Artillery Officer including: Forward Observer, Fire Direction Officer, Battery Executive Officer, Battery Commander, Targeting Analyst and Assistant Battalion S3 with the 2nd Battalion, 147th Field Artillery. He has also served as the Tactical Intelligence Officer with the  47th Field Artillery Brigade.

In 2000 St. Sauver became the Fire Support Coordinator with the 34th “Red Bull” Infantry Division Artillery. After serving with the Division he was assigned as the Executive Officer for the 1st Battalion, 151st Field Artillery. He served as the Camp Ripley Deputy Post Commander before assuming duties as the 1st Battalion, 151st Artillery Battalion Commander, and now as the Camp Ripley Post Commander.

St. Sauver’s military education includes: Army Basic Training, Advanced Individual Training, Primary Leadership Development Course, Wyoming Officer Candidate School, Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, Field Artillery Advanced Course, Combined Arms Staff Services School and the Command and General Staff College.

St. Sauver holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture and Park Management and a Masters Degree in Education from South Dakota State University.

St. Sauver’s military awards include: the Bronze Star Medal; Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters; Army Commendation Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters; Army Achievement Medal; Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal with six Oak Leaf Clusters; National Defense Service Medal with one Star; Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Hour Glass and M Device; Iraq Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; and Army Service Ribbon.

St. Sauver has been married to Debra for 29 years. They have four children: Christopher, Anthony, Blake and Ashley and two grandchildren. Those attending the ceremony may stay in their cars and listen to the service over the radio or sit outside on benches and chairs provided by the Outdoor Worship Center. Participants can bring lawn chairs and blankets.

Emily Memorial Day Service
Pine Ridge Cemetery will be the setting again this year for the Memorial Day Service in Emily. It will be held at 9 AM on May 26

All past or present military people are encouraged to attend the service and stand or sit behind the cross so they too can be honored as the names of deceased military personnel are read.

Please come in your uniform or any part of your uniform if possible. This invitation includes current reserve or guard military.

Members of the Lions of Emily, Outing and Fifty lakes as well as the Myrin James Legion Post will be in attendance.

The public should bring their own chairs for comfort during the ceremony.

Nisswa Memorial Day Remembrance Event
Citizens of Nisswa will come together in a commemoration ceremony to honor a special class of heroes. It is a day of mixed emotions. It is a day for reflection in honor of all the soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen who made the ultimate sacrifice throughout our history. We honor these brave warriors by not forgetting them. We honor them by not taking for granted what they did for us. And because we can never let these men and women be forgotten, we must reserve special days – not just one day – in their honor.

“We must not forget all those who gave their lives for this great country,” Post Commander Mike Parker said.

Everyone in the Nisswa area is invited to join together in this uniting ceremony.

Guest speakers will include US Congressman Rick Nolan (Keynote speaker), State Senator Carrie Ruud , and Major John Donovan.

Jim Starkey of Post 627 will be our master of ceremonies.

The ceremony will begin by recognizing all families with members of their family currently serving in the military.

There will be a number of different events during the ceremony. The Nisswa Elementary School held a Memorial Day Essay Contest. The top winner will be present to read their essay on “What it means to be a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Community”.

“The ceremony will not only honor those who have died, but also those who live and continue to fight for the freedom of this great nation.” Mike Parker said.

A Community Choir led by Sue Lenzen will perform renditions of “National Anthem”, “There She Stands”, and the “God Bless the USA”. The daughters of Scott Thurlow, a active member of Post 627 who pasted away several years ago, with throw a wreath into Nisswa Lake in honor of all who died at sea. Father Zeck will be are chaplain. The Ceremony will take place on Monday May 26th, 2014 at 12 Noon at the Nisswa America Legion.

Pine River Memorial Day Service
A Memorial Day Service will be held at the Pine River Dam, Pine River, MN on Monday, May 26, 2014 at 9:30 am.

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