5/23/2019 8:55:00 AM Memorial Day services planned in the Lakeland
Monday, May 27, 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 24-25, 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.
The Backus American Legion, Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion will conduct Memorial Day Services Monday, May 27, at the Backus Evergreen and Ponto Lake Cemeteries.
The tribute to deceased veterans who have served their country will include singing America the Beautiful and Pledge of Allegiance, tolling of the bell for community members who have passed away in the past year, laying of a memorial poppy wreath, post color guard/rifle squad salute and the playing of taps. Backus services will be at 10 a.m. and Ponto Lake will follow at approximately 11 a.m. In the event of inclement weather, services will be conducted in the Legion clubrooms and Ponto Lake Town Hall.
Memorial Day Services in Emily will be held at Pine Ridge Cemetery on Monday, May 27 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 email@example.com 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 26 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 27 at 10:00 a.m., the Hackensack American Legion Post 202, Auxiliary and the SAL will present a Memorial Day service at the Cass County Killed in Action Memorial in the City Park. 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.
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 27, at the Longville Fire Hall. Sherman A. Yocum VFW Post #772 Honor Guard will provide military honors. The guest speaker will be Todd Malecha.
Todd is a United States Marine Corps veteran who grew up in Faribault, MN. During his 17 years, 11 months and 11 days on duty, Malecha was stationed in Kanehoe Bay, HI; El Torro, CA; Mirimar, CA; Naval Air Station, Atlanta, GA, and Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort, SC. He deployed on 8 oversea tours, 3 combat tours including Desert Storm and Desert Shield and 2 tours on the USS Harry S. Truman.
He was Division Chief of Airframe Division and worked on F/A-18 Hornets. Often times, he was one of the few or the only team members qualified to perform certain duties, such as replacing ejection seats in aircraft. He was medically discharged as an E7 Gunnery Sargent.
In August 2008 along with his daughter and parents, Todd became an owner of Tuck-A-Way Resort on Lake Hattie in Backus, MN. He has continued to give back to his communtiies by volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, Paws+Claws Rescue & Resort in Hackensack, Adoration Chapel in Pequot Lakes, Pine River-Backus School, Fishing for Vets with Eagle's Healing Nest, which is held in conjunction with Backus Legion, Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion.
In a previous interview, Todd stated in regards to Fishing for Vets: "Memorial Day is especially important to me. There were a lot of soldiers that didn't make it back. We want to give something back."
Also speaking and performing will be Pastor Trish Jorgerson, Salem Lutheran Church and the Longville Area Community Choir.
Remer's Memorial Day Program begins at 2 p.m., on Monday, May 27, Fairview Cemetery. VFW Post #772 will be providing honor guard.