Memorial Day will be observed Monday in Brainerd.
A ceremony will be begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Laurel Street bridge in memory of those veterans lost at sea with the tossing of a wreath into the Mississippi River. Chaplain Dallas Young will say a prayer, the American Legion Post No. 255 Rifle Squad will fire a rifle salute and taps will be played.
After a short march to the All Veterans Memorial near the Crow Wing County Courthouse, a wreath will be placed in honor of all veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. Young will again say a prayer and taps will be played.
In honor of the veterans of the Bataan Death March, a brief ceremony will be held at the Bataan Memorial, next to the National Guard Armory on Wright Street. The ceremony will include the placing of a wreath by veterans of the Bataan Death March and a prayer by Young.
The Memorial Day parade will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, starting at Franklin Junior High School, weather permitting. The parade will continue east on Washington Street Northeast to Third Avenue Northeast and then north to Evergreen Cemetery, where the final Memorial Day program will be conducted.
If there is adverse weather, the alternate site for this ceremony will be the Franklin Junior High School auditorium and the parade will be canceled.
The ceremony at Evergreen Cemetery will include music by the Brainerd High School Band, directed by Paul Melby; invocation by Chaplain Young; Posting of Colors by color guards of veterans organizations; and the placing of the Memorial wreaths by representatives of auxiliary units of veterans organizations that include the American Legion, Daughters of American Revolution, Disabled American Veterans, Marine Corps League, Military Order of Purple Heart and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Baxter Mayor Gary Muehlhausen and Crow Wing County Board Chair Ed Larsen will give greetings at Monday's ceremony and Brainerd Mayor James Wallin will give a Memorial Day address. Girls' State winner Martha Shively will recite the Gettysburg Address. The Brainerd High School Buglers will play taps.
The large sectional flags in Evergreen Cemetery and Memorial Gardens have been posted in honor of all veterans buried in those cemeteries. The large flags flying from the fence of Evergreen Cemetery have been donated by families of deceased veterans in their memory. There are plaques on each of those mounts, identifying the veteran and his branch of service.
Volunteers from the Memorial Day committee have placed large flags and small grave flags in outlying cemeteries.
This Memorial Day observance will be conducted by the Brainerd Area Memorial Day committee, which includes officers and members of area veterans' organizations, auxiliaries and other interested people.
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