Memorial Day Ceremonies set for Monday, May 27

By: 
Jay Schneider, LRlife@frontiernet.net

Elysian, Kilkenny, Morristown, and Waterville have scheduled Memorial Day Ceremonies for Monday, May 27.

Elysian Ceremony The Elysian Ceremony will start with stops at Greenland Cemetery (7 a.m.), German Lake Cemetery (7:20 a.m.), St. Peter (Bell) Cemetery (7:55 a.m.), Cannonville Cemetery (8:20 a.m.), and the Waterville Veterans Memorial (8:45 a.m.). Due to road construction, the Memorial Day Program in Elysian will be held at Elysian Cedar Hill Cemetery starting at 9:30 a.m.

Waterville Ceremony The Waterville Ceremony will be hosted at the Memorial Park on the corner of E. Hoosac St. and S. 3rd Street starting at 8:15 a.m. If there is rain, The Village in Waterville will be the site of the event.

This year, the remembrance ceremony in Waterville will bring special recognition and honor to local veterans who have passed away since last year’s Memorial Day. They include:

Norman Knish (Army TSGT), Doug Christiansen (Marines), Roger Becker (Army National Guard), and Lyle Sutter (Air Force).

The Waterville ceremony will include an Invocation from Reverend Andrew Stueve Holy Trinity Catholic Church Waterville, music by The Fathers Daughters, reading by Carly Kratzer and the remembrance ceremony will be conducted by Staff Sergeant William Gemmill MOS: 13J Field artillery tactical data specialist Mankato Recruiters office. The ceremony will end with the Elysian American Legion Post 311 color guard posting colors and presenting a 21-gun salute, in Honor of our Veterans.

Memorial Day Mass In honor of local veterans and deceased family members, a special mass will be celebrated at Calvary Cemetery of Waterville on Monday, May 27 at 10 a.m. (after the service in town). All are welcome to attend. Please join and bring your own chair if desired. In case of inclement weather, mass will be held at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

Kilkenny Ceremony The Kilkenny American Legion and Auxiliary will lead services at Sabre Lake (9 a.m.), Trebon (10 a.m.), and Calvary (11 a.m.), followed by a potluck at noon at the Kilkenny Township Hall.

Morristown Ceremony The Morristown Memorial Day program will begin with rolls and coffee at the Morristown Legion at 9:30 a.m. Line-up for the parade will take place at 10:30 a.m. on the south side of the Legion. The parade to the cemetery will be at 10:45 a.m. followed by the program at the cemetery at 11 a.m. A lunch will follow at the Legion following the service.

Chuck Larsen will be the Master of Ceremonies and the address of the day will be presented by Rice County Commissioner Galen Malecha. Cyril Palm, Dr. Eugene Chase, Jr., Ben Meschke, Rev. Weslie Odom, and Loryn Caldwell also have parts in the ceremony.

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