Memorial Day services held May 28 throughout the area

By Charlie Warner
Argus News Editor

Memorial Day services will take place throughout Houston County Monday, May 28.

The following is a list of events taking place throughout the Caledonia area.


Brownsville will hold its Memorial Day program on Monday, May 28 beginning with a Memorial Service at the Veterans Community Cemetery at 10 a.m.

A program will follow at the Community Center at 10:45 a.m.

At 11:30 there will be a march to the river as tribute to servicemen lost at sea. A potluck dinner will begin at 12 p.m. at the Community Center. The public is welcome.

In case of inclement weather, the cemetery service and march to the river will be cancelled. The Community Center ceremony and dinner will be held as scheduled.


There will be a Memorial Day service Monday, May 28 at the Caledonia High School Auditorium. The program will begin at 9:30 a.m. and is sponsored by the American Legion Post 191.

The program will begin with the Posting of Colors and the Pledge of Allegiance led by Boy Scout Troop #51 and Cub Scout Troop #51.

The National Anthem will be sung by Gunnar Tolleson, son of Jay and Allison Tolleson of Caledonia.

The invocation will be provided by Father Gregory Leif.

The Caledonia Area High School Band will perform an Armed Forces Salute.

Keynote speakers will be Barb Rollins, “His Name Is There,” and Dr. Abe Hammell “Why We Do It.” (See story about these presentations in this week’s Argus).

The Highland Voices women’s choir will perform two songs- Proud of Our Veterans, and America Depends on You and Me.

The American Legion and Sons of the Legion essay winner Kayla Krueger will be recognized and will read her winning entry.

The American Legion will be awarding their customary scholarships to high school seniors and the Legion Auxiliary will also be awarding their annual scholarship, as well as a citizenship award.


Memorial Day services will begin May 28 with the placing of the wreaths at 8:15 a.m. at the Root River Bridge and Convent Cemetery on Monday.

The parade will be at 9 a.m. starting at City Hall and proceeding to the city park. Keynote speaker will be Mark Sauer, son of Jim Sauer, who has been the keynote speaker for many years.

A special dedication of a picnic table and bench in Jim Sauer’s honor will follow.

The La Crescent eighth grade band will march.

Ceremonies will then be held at the two cemeteries.


Houston’s Memorial Day observance will take place Monday, May 28 at 10 a.m. at Houston City Park.

The program will include Roll Call of the Dead, flag raising and TAPS, and the Houston High School Band and Choir will perform.

In case of rain, the service will be held at the Houston High School gym.

La Crescent

Memorial services will be conducted by the La Crescent American Legion Post 595 on Monday, May 28 by the color guard and firing squad at the following local cemeteries:

Dresbach, 8:30 a.m.; Dakota Catholic, 8:45 a.m.; Dakota Public, 8:55 a.m.; Hiller at Nodine, 9:15 a.m.; Nodine Lutheran, 9:25 a.m.; Toledo Cemetery, 9:45 a.m.; Prince of Peace Cemetery, 10 a.m.; Pine Creek Catholic Cemetery, 10:10 a.m.; Crucifixion Cemetery, 10:25 a.m.; South Ridge Lutheran, 10:40 a.m.; South Ridge Methodist, 10:50 a.m.; and Prospect Cemetery at 11:05 a.m.

Parade units will form on Walnut Street in front of Heth Hardware at 11:25 a.m. The parade will begin at 11:30 a.m. with the Legion Color Guard, Auxiliary Color Guard, Gold Star Mothers, Auxiliary Poppy Queen, La Crescent High School Band, Scouting Units, and others marching to Veterans Park. Program will begin at 11:45 am.

A chicken que dinner will be served in the Legion clubrooms following the program in Veterans Park.

New Albin

Services begin Monday, May 28 at 9 a.m. at the New Albin Community Center.

The Invocation will be given by Pastor Kevin Smith. A welcome  and introduction of the program will be provided by Commander Joel Sires with music to follow by the Kee-High Band.

An introduction to the Gettysburg address will be given by Gary Thomas and read by Valarie Meyer.

The keynote address will be a medley of Memorial Day poems.

A roll call of those Killed In Action will be read by Allen Meiners. A volley and TAPS will follow at the Veterans Memorial in City Park and again at the New Albin City Cemetery.

Pastor Smith will give the benediction.

All parade service participants are asked to report for parade line-up at 8:30.

Spring Grove

Services for Memorial Day will be held Monday, May 28, beginning at 10 a.m.

A parade will proceed at 9:45 a.m. from the school to the park.

The introduction will be presented by Commander Christian Myrah and the invocation by Chaplain Anne Doering.

The Spring Grove High School Band will perform the National Anthem and several other selections.

The keynote address will be given by Pastor Len Liptack of Faith Lutheran Church of Black Hammer.

The Roll Call will be read by Ford Brevig.

The Spring Grove Boys and Girls Scouts will decorate the crosses.