Memorial Day will be observed Monday, May 29, in the Rice Lake, Cameron and Barron area with rifle salutes, services and more.
In Rice Lake, members of the American Legion will have breakfast between 6:30-7:30 a.m. followed by military rites performed at nine at ceremonies as follows: 7:45 a.m., Meadow Creek; 8 a.m., St. Joseph; 8:20 a.m., Orchard Beach; 8:40 a.m., Campia; 9 a.m., Cedar Lake; 9:20 a.m., Dobie; 9:40 a.m., Haugen; 10 a.m., Stanfold; and 10:15 a.m. Nora.
The Memorial Day service starts at 10:45 a.m. at Veteran’s Memorial City Park in Rice Lake. It begins with a musical prelude by the Memorial Brass. Veterans Memorial chairman Larry Anderson will give opening remarks after which the Honor Guard will enter. The Rev. Ed Anderson of St. Joseph Catholic Church will give the invocation after which Robert Heinze will perform the National Anthem accompanied by the Memorial Brass.
At 11 a.m., pilot Doug Karis will do a wreath drop into the lake in memory of those veterans lost at sea.
Guest speaker Dave Tindell will share memorial comments.
Father and son veterans Cecil and Dane Deutsch will lower the American flag to half mast. Honor Guard chaplain Richard Powers will recite names of those lost in the past year, and Heinze will sing “Amazing Grace.”
Following that, the Memorial Brass will perform the Armed Forces Medley honoring those in the Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and Air Force. Anderson will give era recognition, and veterans Mel Bjugstad will sing “God Bless America.”
Anderson will offer closing remarks, with closing ceremonies to include To the Colors by Gary Haack, Raising the Colors by the Deutsches, a ceremonial rifle salute by the Honor Guard and Taps by Joe Erickson.
Anderson will give the benediction, and Heinze and the Memorial Brass will perform “Let There Be Peace on Earth,” the Honor Guard exit march and musical prelude.
Cameron American Legion Commander Calvin Briggs said there is no Memorial Day parade this year in the Village of Cameron due to construction projects in progress along Main Street.
Legion members will offer military rites at area cemeteries: 8 a.m., Pine Grove, 8:15 a.m., Faaberg; 8:30 a.m., Pioneer Rest; 8:45 and 9 a.m., the old and new Sumner cemeteries.
An 11 a.m. service will take place at Sportsman’s Park with Briggs sharing a story of a soldier killed in Iraq, the Rev. Tyler Dalrymple offering prayer; and a medley of patriotic music by the Cameron High School band and choir.
No lunch is planned, but a happy hour will take place from 1-3 p.m. at Cameron House when the winner of the canoe raffle will be announced.
Memorial Day events at Barron get under way at 8:30 a.m. when a parade participants get into formation at the 3rd Street parking lot and proceeds down LaSalle Avenue.
A wreath will be dropped at 9 a.m. from the Yellow River bridge in memory of the fallen.
At Wayside Cemetery, patriotic music starts at 9:10 a.m., and at 9:20 a.m., Boy Scouts detail will circle the flag pole. The American Legion, VFW and Amvets will post colors.
At 9:30 a.m., Mayor Dave Vruwink will give the welcome, followed by an address by Nathon Emmons. After the National Anthem, One Man’s Explanation of the Pledge will be recited. Guest speaker is Steve Bendsend.
Following a wreath placement and reading, there will be a music selection and service men and women will be recognized in song. The rifle squad will fire, and Taps will be played. Legion Commander Boyd McEwen will offer closing remarks, followed by the benediction and retirement of colors.
At the conclusion of the program, a photo will be taken of all veterans present.
Military honors will be given at area cemeteries as follows: 10:45 a.m., New Scandinavia; 11:15 a.m., Dallas; 11:45 a.m., Evergreen; and 12:15 p.m. Greenwood.