MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVANCES today
Bloomington: Dawn Valley Memorial Park, 9940 Bush Lake Rd., 11 a.m.
Crystal: Glen Haven Memorial Gardens, 5125 Broadway, 1 p.m.
Excelsior: Oak Hill Cemetery, 11:30 a.m.
Little Falls: Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, 15550 Hwy. 115, 1:30 p.m. Music by Richfield Symphonic Band. Keynote speaker, Carla Tappainer, first vice commander of American Legion Post 1776.
Maplewood: Forest Lawn Memorial Park, 1800 Edgerton St., 11 a.m.
Maplewood: Union Cemetery, 2505 E. Minnehaha Av., 10 a.m.
Mendota Heights: Resurrection Cemetery, 2101 S. Lexington Av. 10 a.m. service with the Rev. Harry Flynn, archbishop emeritus.
Mendota Heights: Acacia Park Cemetery, 2151 Pilot Knob Rd., 10 a.m. Patriotic address by James E. Williams, music by the Prince Henry III Players, presentation by the West St. Paul Canine Team and tributes by Minnesota Job's Daughters, Legion Honor Guard and Damascus Commandery.
Minneapolis: Fort Snelling National Cemetery, 7601 34th Av. S., 612-726-1127. Open dawn to dusk, with music and other events starting at 9:30 a.m. and a ceremony at 10 a.m. Keynote speaker will be Maj. Gen. (retired) Larry Shellito, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs. U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Gov. Mark Dayton will be present. The 34th Infantry Division Red Bull Band and Zuhrah Pipes and Drums group will provide music.
Minneapolis: Lakewood Cemetery, 3600 Hennepin Av. S., 10:30 a.m. near the Soldiers Memorial. Ceremony will feature a gospel quartet led by Robert Robinson and the Minneapolis Police Band, and guest speaker James Fischer, president of the Minnesota State Council of the Vietnam Veterans of America.
Minneapolis: Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery, 2945 Cedar Av. S., 10 a.m. Band will begin playing at 9:40 a.m. Keynote speaker will be Maj. Gen. (retired) Paul Rehkamp. Students from the Minneapolis Transitions Charter School will post the colors and read the Gettysburg Address.
Minneapolis: St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, 4403 Chicago Av., 10 a.m. Service with the Rev. Joseph Gillespie.
Minneapolis: St. Anthony's Catholic Cemetery, 2729 Central Av. NE., 10 a.m.
New Hope: Gethsemane Catholic Cemetery, 8151 42nd Av. N., 10 a.m.
Richfield: Honoring All Veterans Memorial Site, 6429 Portland Av. S., 2 p.m. With speaker Floyd Roman, a World War II veteran and retired Richfield police officer, and Richfield police officer Jay Henthorne.
Roseville: Roselawn Cemetery, 803 W. Larpenteur Av., 10 a.m. in the Soldier's Rest area. Sponsored by Rosetown Legion and Roseville VFW, with music by North Suburban Chorus.
St. Paul: Calvary Catholic Cemetery, 753 Front Av., 10 a.m.
St. Paul: Minnesota Korean War Veterans, Chapter 1, 1 p.m. at the Minnesota Korean War Veterans Memorial on the State Capitol grounds.
St. Paul: Vietnam Veterans of America, Anoka County Chapter 470, 3 p.m. at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Guest speaker will be Bob Wiltse, a Navy veteran of Vietnam.
St. Paul: Veterans for Peace event at 9:30 a.m. at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial near the State Capitol.