Memorial Day events
- May 25, 2014 - 8:44 PM
PIONEERS AND SOLDIERS MEMORIAL CEMETERY: 2945 Cedar Av. S., Minneapolis, 9:40 a.m. The Seward Concert Band will perform in the Minneapolis Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery.
MINNESOTA VIETNAM VETERAN’S MEMORIAL: State Capitol Grounds, John Ireland Blvd., St. Paul, 9:30 a.m. Veterans For Peace gathering remembering the casualties of war. Speaker, read names of Minnesota’s fallen, song and poetry. More information: 651-757-8012 or 612-821-9141.
LAKEWOOD CEMETERY: Hennepin Av. And 36th St., Minneapolis. 10:30 a.m. near the Soldiers Memorial monument. This year’s ceremony will honor the 100th anniversary of World War I. It will include a Gospel quartet led by Robert Robinson, keynote address by Douglas P. Bekke, curator of the Minnesota Military Museum and World War I historian and the Minneapolis Police Band.
HONORING ALL VETERANS MEMORIAL: 6429 Portland Av. S., Minneapolis, 2 p.m. The featured speaker will be Walter Holm, WWII merchant marine veteran, who served in both the Pacific and Atlantic theaters. The 34th Infantry Division “Red Bull” Band also will perform. Fifty-six new veterans’ names added to the monument will be unveiled, making a total of 799 veteran engravings. For more information, contact John Evans at 612-861-9395.
DAWN VALLEY MEMORIAL PARK: Washburn-McReavy Dawn Valley Memorial Park, 9940 Bush Lake Road, Bloomington, 11:30 a.m. Program sponsored by Everett McClay VFW Post 1296 and Earl C. Hill American Legion Post 550. Speaker will be Aaron George, VFW Patriot’s Pen essay writing contest winner. Please bring lawn chairs or blanket for seating outside. For more information, call 952-941-7686.
ACACIA PARK CEMETERY: 2151 Pilot Knob Road, Mendota Heights, 10 a.m. Col. Daniel Gabrielli, 133rd Operations Group commander at the 133rd Airlift Wing, will deliver the main address, with performances by the Prince Henry III Players, bagpiper Jim Burke, Damascus Commandery #1, Knights Templar, Osman Shrine Legion of Honor, Job’s Daughters, Demolay and poetry by James Rogers. Call 651-452-1555 or visit acaciaparkcemetery.org.
AQUILA PARK: 3110 Xylon Av. S., St. Louis Park, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities include tennis and chess. For more information, call 952-888-6344.
CHANHASSEN CITY CENTER PARK: 7700 Market Blvd., noon. Cemetery services will be held at Leach Cemetery on Excelsior Blvd. starting at 7:45 a.m., Chanhassen Pioneer Cemetery on Galpin Avenue at 8:30 a.m. and St. Hubert Cemetery on W. 78th Street at 11 a.m.
EAGAN CENTRAL PARK: Eagan Community Center, 1501 Central Pkwy., 2 p.m. The speaker will be the Rev. Al Pruis. For more information, call 651-653-9880.
EXCELSIOR PARADE AND CEREMONY: Starting at Excelsior Elementary School, 441 Oak St., to Oak Hill Cemetery. For more information, contact Clarence Clofer American Legion Post 259 at 952-474-3982 or visit www.legionpost259.org.
FOREST LAWN MEMORIAL PARK ASSOCIATION: 1800 Edgerton St., Maplewood, 11 a.m. For more information, contact Kari at 651-776-6420.
GREENWOOD CEMETERY: 951 E. Division St., River Falls, Wis., 10 a.m. The Croix Chordsmen Barbershop Chorus will perform immediately following the parade.
LEWIS CEMETERY: Hwy. 12 W. at County Road 90, Maple Plain, 10:30 a.m. Salute to Our Veterans, with speaker Col. Maureen Banavige, U.S. Air Force, and Prisoner of War Remembrance with the Orono High School Band. For more information, call 612-804-8315.
PURGATORY CREEK PARK: 13001 Technology Dr., Eden Prairie, 8 a.m. Randy’s Run 5K Fun Run/Walk, Kids Run and Special Ops Challenge. All profits from Randy’s Run 5K Fun Run/Walk support a college scholarship at Eden Prairie High School. For more information, call 651-341-4016.
ROCKFORD PARADE/SERVICES: Rockford Middle School, 6051 Ash St., 10 a.m. The parade runs from the Rockford Middle School with Navy services at the Crow River and Memorial services at Elmwood Cemetery with Pastor Rick Newswanger from United Presbyterian Church of Rockford and the Wright County Sheriff’s Department Colors and Rifle Squad. In case of rain, services will be held in the Rockford High School/Community Center. The Rockford Lions will serve a pork chop dinner starting at 11 a.m. in the Riverside Park-Lions Building. A pie and ice cream social will be held at the Ames-Florida-Stork House, 8131 Bridge St., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All area residents are invited to march in the parade. For information, contact Eric Lloyd at 763-226-1195.
UNION CEMETERY: 2505 E. Minnehaha Av., Maplewood, 10 a.m. A patriotic address by Vietnam veteran Gary Stucci. Guest speaker will be the Rev. William Baer, Transfiguration Catholic Church, and music from the Lakewood Temple Salvation Army Band.
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