Memorial Day events planned

Memorial Day Luncheon at Washington Prairie

Washington Prairie Church is holding their annual Memorial Day Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, May 29, at Washington Prairie Church on W42. Appropriate for the start of summer, they will offer Maid rites, salads, chips, bars and drink. All proceeds will go toward their cemetery fund.  

New Albin Memorial Day Service

The Kenneth Casey VFW Post #5603 of New Albin invites the public to attend their Monday, May 29, Memorial Day Service at 9 a.m. at the New Albin Community Center. Music will be provided by the Kee Jr. High Band, with a full schedule of speakers, including the annual recitation of the Gettysburg Address. 

Refreshments will be served by the New Albin VFW Auxiliary. Volleys and Taps will be performed at the Veteran’s Memorial at City Park and the City Cemetery.  There will also be a U.S. Army National Guard Helicopter Flyover at the City Park 10:45 a.m.

Lanesboro Memorial Day weekend 

A Memorial Day Program will be held on Monday, May 29, at 9 a.m. at the Lanesboro Community Center in Lanesboro, Minn. Honor our fallen armed service members with a parade, program of patriotic music, speakers, rifle volley and taps.

For those looking for live music, Lanesboro has many options. John Rislove will be covering favorite tunes of the 1960s at the High Court Pub at 7 p.m. Friday, May 26. Lost Faculties and a Ringo Starr Look-a-Like will bring their country-and-swing-tinged Rock N’ Roll to the High Court Pub at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 27. The Walter Bradley Band will perform at Sylvan Brewing at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 28. Jokes on Tap returns to Sylvan Brewing at 8 p.m. Friday, May 26. 

Ossian Memorial Day Program

All Veterans are invited to meet at 6:30 a.m. Monday, May 29, at the Ossian Community Center for breakfast served by the Ossian Boy Scouts. All Veterans and community members are welcome to join the American Legion, Brockman-Hammersland Post #503 of Ossian as they hold honors at the cemeteries near the city. The American Legion would appreciate the participation of the community at the cemeteries in remembrance of the deceased members of the area who have served their country. 


7:45 a.m. Bethany Lutheran

8 a.m. First Lutheran

8:15 a.m. Stavanger Lutheran

8:30 a.m. Silver Springs (honoring those lost at sea)

8:45 a.m. Hillside Cemetery

9 a.m. Bloomfield

9:15 a.m. Castalia Veterans Memorial

9:30 a.m. Pleasant View

9:45 a.m. Centennial

10 a.m. St. Francis DeSales Cemetery

A memorial salute will be held at Veterans Memorial at Carey Park prior to the start of the Memorial Day Program, which starts at 10:30 a.m. with the parade moving from the city park down Main Street to the Post Office, and returning to the park. Any Veteran wishing to march or ride in the parade meet at the city park at 10:15 a.m. All are welcome to join in the parade.

There will be a full
Memorial Day presentation and program at 11 a.m. at the Carey Park Pavilion. In case of inclement weather, the program will be moved to the Ossian Community Center.  

Remember to remove hats and stand proud as the Veterans and their colors pass by. Assistance taking down Memorial Flags and Poles is welcomed at 4 p.m. at the De Sales Cemetery.

Memorial Day events in Decorah

Decorah’s Annual Memorial Day Parade will begin Monday, May 29, at the West Side Bridge at 10:30 a.m. with a prayer for Veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice, followed by taps as wreaths are laid on the river and a 21-gun salute. The parade welcomes all Veterans to march in the parade down Water Street to Mary Christopher Park. 

At 12 p.m., a dedication program will begin at the Veterans Memorial. There will be some seating at the event, but attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.  

See this Thursday’s Public Opinion newspaper for details about the new Winneshiek County Veterans Memorial. 

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