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January 24, 2019

5/24/2018 8:11:00 AM
Memorial Day services planned in the Lakeland

Monday, May 28, is Memorial Day. Many Lakeland area events are being held in conjunction with the holiday. The following is a list of some of the area's Memorial Day Services and activities.

Buddy poppy sale

VFW Post #772 and Ladies Auxiliary will be offering Buddy Poppies in return for a donation on Friday and Saturday, May 25-26, at various business locations in the communities of Longville and Remer. The Buddy Poppy slogan is "To honor the dead by helping the living," Donations received through the drive are used to fund programs at Veterans hospitals and homes throughout Minnesota, in addition to aiding active service members and families as needed.


Pastor Greg Stine of Lakeside Baptist Church in Backus will deliver the Memorial Day addresses at Backus and Ponto Lake cemeteries conducted by the Backus American Legion, Auxiliary and Sons of the Legion.

The Backus Legion tribute to deceased veterans who served their country will include singing of America the Beautiful, remarks by Legion Commander Eugene Gagnon, Auxiliary President Judy Deibel, and Ponto Lake Town Board Chairman Duane Larson. The Memorial address will follow by the Rev. Stine, who has 15 years epxerience in youth ministry, was a prison chaplain and served churches in Wisconsin and Kansas prior to coming to Lakeside Baptist in September 2017.

The service will also include the laying of a memorial poppy wreath, a tolling of the bell for deceased veterans and spouses in the past year, a color guard rifle salute and the playing of taps.

Backus services will begin at 10 a.m. at Evergreen Cemetery, and the Ponto Lake service will follow the conclusion of the Backus memorial at approximately 11 a.m., both on Monday, May 28. In event of bad weather, services will be moved to the Legion clubrooms in Backus and Ponto Lake Town Hall. If so, the Legion wil lrequest an announcement on radio stations KDKK 97.5 FM and KQ-101.9 FM, or that information can be obtained by calling the Legion at 947-3416.

The Rev. Stine is a graduate of Maranatha Baptist University of Watertown, Wis., has been a shool teacher and administrator and spent 15 months as the chaplain at a state prison in Arizona. He has served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteer and conducted jail ministries in Wisconsin and Kansas. He also started chapters of Reformers Unanimous, a faith-based addiction program in both states.

An avid reader, Rev. Stine is also a life-long Chicago Cubs fan. He and his family spend Thanksgiving week in central Wisconsin every year deer hunting with relatives. He and Crickett, his wife of 35 years, have six children and 12 grandchildren. They enjoy gardening, watching wildlife, visiting with their children and grandkids and "serving the Lord together."


Memorial Day Services in Emily will be held at Pine Ridge Cemetery on Monday, May 28 at 9 a.m. 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 call 218-821-4668 or e-mail to include the name of a veteran to be recognized.

Members of the Lions of Emily, Outing and Fifty lakes as well as the Myrin James Legion Post will be in attendance. Please bring a chair for comfort during the ceremony.


The Hackensack American Legion, Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion will conduct Memorial Day services again this year. The first service, conducted by the Auxiliary, will start at the Finnely Cemetery just off 43rd Avenue NE on Sunday, May 27th at 1:00 p.m. The Finnely Cemetery contains the graves of about 30 early settlers to the Hackensack area. The first burial was 1900, and the last was 1923 when the cemetery was closed. The cemetery fell into disrepair until it was reclaimed by the Auxiliary about 30 years ago. Some graves are unmarked and some are simply marked with a rock while others are marked with a simple concrete or limestone marker.

On Monday, May 28th at 10:00 a.m., the Hackensack American Legion Post 202, Auxiliary and the SAL will present a Memorial Day service which will start at 10:00 a.m. at the Cass County Killed in Action Memorial in the City Park. The service will include a parade to the Boy River where a wreath will be placed to honor Navy veterans. Beginning at 11:00 a.m., a formal service will be held at Hillcrest Cemetery, which will include a roll call of 387 deceased veterans from all conflicts, including some from the Civil War. The guest speaker will be Pastor Judy Gustafson.

In the event of rain, services will be held at the Hackensack American Legion.


Longville's Memorial Day Program begins at 9:30 a.m., on Monday, May 28, at the Longville Fire Hall. Sherman A. Yocum VFW Post 772 Honor Guard will provide military honors. The guest speaker will be Commander Anita M. Henry Harwig, retired US Navy.

Commander Anita M. Henry was born in Northwood, ND and raised on a farm. She graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1988. Commander Henry worked at St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester, MN for one year before joining the United States Navy in May 1989.

Commander Henry attended Officer Indoctrination School, Newport, Rhode Island. Upon completion, Commander Henry reported to Naval Medical Center, San Diego, CA. She was a staff nurse on the Medical Ward and later transferred to the Coronary Care Unit. During this assignment, she advanced to Lieutenant Junior Grade.

In January 1998, Commander Henry reported to National Naval Medical Center Bethesda, MD. She was selected to serve on the Medical Evaluation and Treatment Unit for President George W. Bush, assisting in annual physicals and care to POTUS, VPOTUS and their families. She was selected as Navy Nurse of the Year 2003 and selected for Duty Under Instruction at The Catholic University of America.

Commander Henry holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of North Dakota and a Master of Science in Nursing from The Catholic University of America. Her personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (one gold star), Navy Commendation Medal (one gold star) and Navy Achievement Medal.

Commander Henry is married to LTC Paul Harwig, Retired United States Army and resides in Longville, MN. She has two stepchildren Lisa (Jason), Bob (Laura) and two grandchildren, Kellen and Kieran. Commander Henry retired in May 2009 after 20 years of honorable service.

Also speaking and performing will be Pastor Mike Partch, Longville Bible Chapel; Pastor Duane Brown, Longville Community Church and the Longville Area Community Choir.

Bill Hansen Realty

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