Throughout Itasca County next weekend, there will be numerous programs and Honor Guard services honoring Memorial Day 2019. These include:
Hill City programs will take place Monday, May 27 beginning at 10 a.m. at Hill Lake, 10:45 a.m. at Macville and 11:30 a.m. at Memorial Park.
Goodland Cemetery will host a service Sunday, May 26 at 1 p.m. with a potluck luncheon afterward at the Goodland Community Center.
The Keewatin American Legion Post 452 VFW Post 5516 ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 27 at the Keewatin City Park. In case of inclement weather, the service will be at the Keewatin Community Center.
Nashwauk American Legion and Auxiliary No. 307 will host a breakfast in the Legion Quarters of the Memorial Building from 8-10 a.m. Monday, May 27. A memorial service will follow at 10:30 a.m. at the Nashwauk cemetery. In case of rain, both events will be held at the Nashwauk Recreation building.
The Grand Rapids Military honors will take place Monday, May 27 with the following wreath laying schedule: 9 a.m. at Old Soldiers Lane Cemetery, 9:30 a.m. at Wildwood Cemetery, 10:15 a.m. at Harris Township Cemetery, 10:45 a.m. wreath committal at Robert Horn Bridge, 11:15 a.m. at Itasca Calvary Cemetery, 11:45 a.m. at the Courthouse Veterans Memorial, 1 p.m. at Brookstone, 1:30 p.m. at The Emeralds, and 2 p.m. at Grand Village-Itasca Nursing Home. An official address will be held at the Itasca Calvary Cemetery at 11:15 a.m.
Ceremonies hosted by the Warba American Legion Post 432 will take place Monday, May 27 at the following locations: Trout Lake Norwegian Cemetery at 8:30 a.m., Trout Lake Township Cemetery at 9 a.m., Hazelwood Cemetery and Blackberry at 9:30 a.m., Ball Bluff Township Cemetery and Jacobson at 10:15 a.m., Sago Cemetery and Swan River at 10:45 a.m., Wawina Cemetery at 11:15 a.m., Warba Cemetery at 12 p.m. and Warba Post No. 432 at 12:15 p.m. A luncheon will follow at Legion Beach.
Lakeview Cemetery will have a ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday, May 27.
Deer River area services will be on Monday, May 27, beginning at Homestead Nursing Home at 9 a.m. There will be a guest speaker. Services will continue through the day at 9:45 a.m. at Pine Ridge Cemetery, 10:10 a.m. at Olivet Cemetery, 10:30 a.m. at Ball Club Cemetery, 10:45 a.m. at Tibbetts Cemetery, 11 a.m. at Town Site Cemetery, 11:15 a.m. at Fairbanks Cemetery, 11:30 a.m. at Tuttle Cemetery, 11:45 a.m. at George Johnson Memorial Cemetery, and 12 p.m. at Winnie Dam to honor comrades buried at sea. The Deer River Veterans American Legion Post 122 Veterans of Foreign Wars 2620 will provide military honors. A dinner will be available for all participating veterans and families following the ceremonies. All veterans are welcomed to participate in the day’s activities and are encouraged to meet at the Vets Club at 8:30 a.m. or the Homestead Nursing Home at 9 a.m.
Talmoon Area Honor Guard ceremonies will be Monday, May 27 as follows: 8:45 a.m. at Wirt, 9:25 a.m. at Sand Lake, 10:10 a.m. at Donnely, 10:50 a.m. at Jesse Lake, 11:30 a.m. at Marcell and 12:10 p.m. at Suomi. These ceremonies are sponsored by Perry-Heide VFW Post.
Bigfork Memorial Day services will begin Friday, May 24 at the Edge Center for the Arts at 1 p.m. There, the annual Veterans program will be presented by the Bigfork Elementary School students. At noon on Saturday, May 25, a short program will take place at the Bearville Cemetery, Togo, with an honor guard provided by the Effie American Legion Post 182. Lastly, Monday, May 27 at 9:30 a.m., an Honor Guard will take place at Stokes Cemetery, Stokes Township and Fredheim Cemetery, Effie. The Bigfork Memorial Day Program will begin at 11 a.m. with guest speaker Jimmy Aakhus and Honor Guard provided by the Bigfork VFW Post 1764 and American Legion Post 182.
The decorations of graves by the area Memorial Day Committee will begin Friday, May 24 at 4 p.m. with clean up on Tuesday, May 28. There are extra flags and holders for any veteran’s graves that are missed. To volunteer with helping set up the flags or for any further questions, contact the Itasca County Veterans Office at 218-326-2658.