Area communities commemorate Memorial Day [UPDATED]Published 10:54am Friday, May 24, 2013 Updated 3:49pm Friday, May 24, 2013
On Monday, area communities will observe Memorial Day with a number of services and events. The following is a schedule of celebrations throughout the day:
• The Minnesota Veterans Home in Fergus Falls will host a program at 2 p.m., followed by an honorary walk to the Memorial Wall, and an ice cream social.
• The Fergus Falls VFW, American Legion Post 30 and DAV will host two memorial services in Fergus Falls at 10 a.m. in Veterans Park and at 10:30 a.m. at the VFW.
• Ashby’s program starts at 9:45 a.m. in the school gymnasium. It will include a video tribute followed by a presentation from Jamie Gobel, principal at Rothsay school, on his experience in the Old Guard. During his time in the unit, he acted as a Guard of Honor at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
A parade will form after the program and march to Veteran’s Memorial Park in recognition of fallen veterans. The American Legion and Auxiliary Unit invites the public to lunch and ice cream at the Legion Hall immediately after.
• Perham’s ITOW Veterans Museum will host Dad’s sixth annual Waffle and Sausage Breakfast at the Prairie Wind Middle School from 7 a.m. to noon. The event is $7.50 at the door and proceeds go toward Masons scholarships and the ITOW.
Two speakers will share their stories at the ITOW museum from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Dr. William Rose will share the powerful story of his service in Vietnam. Paul Ceynowa will present on his time as a Marine in WWII and at the Battle of Iwo Jima.
• Pelican Rapids’ program, 10 a.m. at the high school auditorium., will feature speaker Veteran Richard Gabe and “Band of Faith” will perform. A parade will follow at 11:30 a.m. At noon, the Pelican Rapids VFW club will serve a lunch for veterans.
• The Underwood American Legion, George Bergem Post 489 firing squad will spend the morning at area cemeteries from 6:45 a.m. to 9 a.m.. They will perform a 21-gun salute at each location. At 10 a.m., a program will be held at the high school gymnasium. Charles Kampa, veteran service officer for Otter Tail County, will be the main speaker. The Underwood High School Band and Choir will also perform.