Memorial Day programs planned around the region
Communities in the area are holding traditional Memorial Day events on Monday.
In Jamestown, the events follow the usual schedule with a program scheduled for 9 a.m. at the Knights of Columbus, according to Phyllis Denchfield, member of the Jamestown Patriotic Council.
The program includes the presentation of the colors by the honor guard along with a keynote address by Roger Parsons. Master of ceremony is David Bratten, Stutsman County veterans service officer.
The program will also honor Gold Star families. These are the families of any veteran killed in service to America.
Naval ceremonies follow at the bridge into Nickeus Park followed by a salute and placement of a wreath at all Jamestown cemeteries. The program concludes with an 11 a.m. ceremony at the Veteran's Memorial Wall at Fort Seward followed by a light lunch at the All Vets Club. A freewill donation will be collected at the lunch with the proceeds benefiting the Jamestown Drum and Bugle Corps.
Around the area
Memorial Day services are scheduled at 10:30 a.m. at the Pingree/Edmunds Community Center in Pingree. Speaker at the event is Candace Wick. Following the program, participants will go to the cemetery and decorate graves. A lunch by TJ's Catering will be served at noon.
Services at Edgeley begin at 10 a.m. at Edgeley High School. Randy Jaspers of Jamestown is the keynote speaker. The program continues at the Edgeley cemeteries for the placing of wreaths.
The program at the Wimbledon Legion Hall begins at 10 a.m. Graveside services follow with a lunch at the Legion Hall at noon.
The American Legion of Medina is hosting a Memorial Day program beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the Medina gymnasium. The color guard will proceed to both cemeteries with lunch at the Legion Hall at noon.
Michelle Entzminker is the featured speaker for the program scheduled for 10 a.m. at the Gackle Legion Hall. The program includes salutes at the Gackle and Alfred cemeteries and a potluck lunch at noon at the Gackle Legion Hall.
The John Florhaug Post of the American Legion in Kensal will hold a Memorial Day program at 10:30 a.m. at the Kensal school. Bernard Hoggarth, a U.S. Navy veteran from the area, is scheduled to speak. Salutes are planned at Kensal Cemetery and the Catholic Cemetery in Kensal before lunch is served by the Kensal Cemetery Board at the Catholic Church beginning at 11:15 a.m.
The Woodworth American Legion Post 205 plans Memorial Day services at 9 a.m. at the Pettibone Cemetery and 10:30 a.m. at the Gem Cemetery. A speaker is planned followed by a potluck lunch at noon at Woodworth Fire Hall.
North Dakota Veterans Cemetery
Services begin at 11 a.m. at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery at Mandan. Al Palmer, retired brigadier general with service in the Air Force and North Dakota Air National Guard, is the scheduled keynote speaker.
Due to expected crowds and limited parking, people attending the service are asked to arrive early. Shuttle vans marked with yellow flashing lights will transport people from the parking area to the program area. Seating is limited and lawn chairs are encouraged for the public.