Memorial Day programs planned across the county

Several Memorial Day programs are planned in Pipestone County on Monday, May 29. Below is an overview of when and where the programs will be held and what they will include.

There will be a Memorial Day program Monday, May 29 at 10 a.m. at New Woodlawn Cemetery.

Jeffrey Douty will be the keynote speaker. Douty graduated from Pipestone High School in 1992 and graduated from the North Dakota State College of Science in 1996 with degrees in civil engineering and surveying technology, and architectural drafting and estimating technology. He retired from the National Guard as a first sergeant in 2013 after 21 years of service.

Douty was deployed twice during his military service, once to England from 2003 to 2004 and once to Iraq from 2006 to 2007. He received several decorations, awards and citations during his service including the Army Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Minnesota Service Ribbon and Minnesota Good Conduct.

Douty and his wife of 23 years, Kristie, live in Jamestown, N.D. They have two children, Dawson, 21, and Addisyn, 19, and one grandchild, Everly, seven months. Douty works for Interstate Engineering Inc.

Also during the Memorial Day program, Myron Koets will serve as the master of ceremonies and Pastor Tim Johnson will deliver the invocation and benediction. The Pipestone Area Schools High School Band will perform “America the Beautiful,” “Star Spangled Banner,” and “America.”

The veteran’s services organizations will post and retire the colors, American Legion Post 6 will place the wreath, A Battery, 1-125 Field Artillery of the Minnesota Army National Guard will present the rifle salute, Gavin Olson will present “Taps” and Brad Carson will deliver the closing remarks.

In case of inclement weather the program will be held in the American Legion.
The American Legion Post 6, American Legion Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion will present the program.

There will be a Memorial Day program Monday, May 29 at 11 a.m. at the Jasper Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELC).
The main speaker will be Jasper American Legion Post member David Smith, nephew of Glenn Cyriack, who was killed at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941 while serving on the USS Oklahoma. Smith will share the story of his uncle and tell about the process of identifying his remains using DNA samples from Smith and his cousin Steve Krause, of Lake Benton.

There will also be a presentation on the meaning of each step in the folding of the American flag demonstrated by members of the Jasper American Legion Post. Patriotic music will be led by soloist Jim Baustian and accompanist Barb Westerbur. Following a time of silence in memory of the dead, taps will be played by Paul Prunty.
After the program, a luncheon will be held in the Fellowship Hall of the Jasper ELC, sponsored by the Jasper American Legion Auxiliary. There will be a freewill offering for the lunch, which will include barbecues, chips and bars.
The program will be presented by the Oscar Iverson Post and Auxiliary.

There will be a Memorial Day program in Holland on Monday, May 29 at 10 a.m. at the Holland Cemetery. People can gather at the veterans memorial at the Holland City Park before 9:30 a.m. to walk to the cemetery if interested.
Pastor Brian Dengler will present the address. Vice Commander John Sullivan will provide the welcome, Adjutant Ron Moffitt will provide the prayer and Ken Winsel will serve as the master of ceremony. Kenley DeWilde will read “In Flanders Fields,” Olivia Sullivan will present “America’s Answer,” the audience will sing “America” and “Star Spangled Banner,” Lorna Beyers will present the wreath service, the American Legion Firing Squad will provide the rifle salute and Earl DeWilde will serve as commander. The program will conclude with the playing of “Taps.”
After the program, there will be a Memorial Day luncheon at the city park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be burgers and hot dogs for a free-will donation. The luncheon will be organized by the Holland Community Foundation.

There will be a Memorial Day program Monday, May 29 at 9 a.m. at the Southwest Christian High School gymnasium. Cal Farmer will present the address. The program will also include the singing of the “Star Spangled Banner” and a reading of the “Gettysburg Address.”
People are invited to attend a pancake fundraiser for the school prior to the Memorial Day program. The fundraiser will begin at 8 a.m. at the school.

The American Legion Herbert Holtke Post #285 will pay tribute at the Catholic Cemetery in Woodstock at 9:45 a.m. and at the Woodstock Cemetery at Diamond Corner at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 29. It will also pay tribute at 9 a.m. at Ellsborough Lutheran Cemetery near Lake Wilson, 9:15 a.m. at the Lutheran Cemetery near Lake Wilson, and at 10:30 a.m. at Hillside Cemetery in Lake Wilson. At 11 a.m. a Memorial Day service will be held at the Lake Wilson American Legion Hall. Attendees are invited to a picnic dinner at Legion Hall, compliments of the Legion and Auxiliary.