Memorial Day programs planned for Pipestone County

Several Memorial Day programs are planned in Pipestone County on May 30. Below is an overview of when and where the programs will be held and what they will include.

Pipestone

There will be a Memorial Day program in Pipestone on Monday, May 30 at 10 a.m. at New Woodlawn Cemetery.

Lt. Col. Brian Douty will be the keynote speaker. Douty graduated from Pipestone-Jasper High School in 1998 and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2002. He lives in Rosemount and works for the Minnesota Department of Veteran Affairs. He is the battalion commander of the 1st Battalion 151st Field Artillery, which is headquartered in Montevideo.

Douty has previously served as Carver County assistant veterans services officer (VSO) and Pipestone County VSO, commander of the Pipestone unit of the A Battery, 1st Battalion 125th Field Artillery, task force commander of the Minnesota National Guard response to the COVID-19 pandemic and Minnesota National Guard Liaison officer to the National Guard Bureau in Washington, D.C.

Douty has been deployed four times: in Kosovo from 2003-2004, Iraq from 2005-2007, and Kuwait from 2011-2012 and 2018-2019. He has received a Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, NATO Service Medal and Iraqi Campaign Medal.

He has been married to his wife, Shelley, for 10 years.

Marty Wallin will be the master of ceremonies at the program and Pastor Dan DeBlock from First Lutheran Church will provide the invocation and benediction. The Pipestone Area Schools (PAS) High School Band will perform “American the Beautiful,”  “The Star Spangled Banner” and “America,” and Owen Minet will play the bugle. Local veteran’s services organizations will post and retire the colors; American Legion Post 6 will place the wreath; A Battery, 1st Battalion 125th Field Artillery of the Minnesota Army National Guard will provide the rifle salute; and Michael-Boock Post 6 Commander Brad Carson will provide the closing remarks.

The program will be presented by American Legion Post 6, the American Legion Auxiliary and the Sons of the American Legion. In case of rain, the program will be at the American Legion.

Edgerton

There will be a Memorial Day program in Edgerton on Monday, May 30 at 10 a.m. at the Southwest Christian High School.

Maj. Gen. Gerald Lang will provide the Memorial Day address. Lang was born and graduated high school in Milaca. He joined the Army in 1971 and completed basic training at Fort Dix, N.J. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in 1976. Lang has commanded at the company, battalion and brigade level.

In 2003 he deployed overseas as the deputy commander for Multi-National Brigade North, Bosnia, Herzegovina. In 2009 he deployed to Iraq as the deputy commander of the 34th Infantry Division where they assumed command and control of 18,000 soldiers and all combat operations in nine of Iraq’s 18 provinces in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. When he returned from Iraq, he served as the assistant adjutant general for the Minnesota Army National Guard.

Some of his military decorations include the Army Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and NATO Article 5 Medal.

His last assignment in the Army was from 2012-2015 when he served as the deputy commanding general for the U.S. Army Materiel Command, headquartered at the Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala. Lang retired in 2015 with 43 years of military service.

He has a bachelor’s degree in business and master’s degree in strategic management. He has been employed at Knife River and held numerous leadership positions for over 40 years. Lang and his wife Ingrid live in Sauk Rapids and have two adult daughters, Linnea and Erika.

American Legion Post Commander Dick Ruiter will provide the welcome at the program, Annika Dyk will sing “The Star Spangled Banner,” Post Chaplain Cal Groen will provide a prayer, Kathryn Prins will read the “Gettysburg Address,” there will be a Memorial Day salute video, cadets will place the wreaths, Sophie Schoolmeester will read the names of the departed, the American Legion Firing Squad will fire volleys and Vivian Dyk will play “Taps.”

Jasper

There will be a Memorial Day program in Jasper on Monday, May 30 at 10 a.m. at the Jasper Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELC).

The main speaker for the program will be Jim Erickson of Brandon. Erickson grew up in Jasper and graduated from Jasper High School. He is very involved in lay ministry.

The program will include a brief background on Memorial Day and the significance of the poppy presented by members of the Jasper Jolly Juniors 4-H Club, music by Barb Westerbur and Jason Madtson, and a tribute to caregivers of veterans. 

Weather permitting, the program at the church will be followed by a service conducted by Oscar Iverson Post 133 at the Jasper City Cemetery with “Taps” played by Paul Prunty, of Pipestone.

The morning’s activities will conclude with a luncheon sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary in the fellowship hall of Jasper ELC from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be a freewill offering basket out with the funds going to help with the group’s activities for the benefit of area veterans.

Holland

There will be a Memorial Day service in Holland on Monday, May 30 at 10 a.m. at the Holland Cemetery. People can gather at the veterans memorial in town at 9:30 a.m. and walk to the cemetery if they like.

Vice Commander John Sullivan will provide the welcome, Adjutant Ron Moffitt will deliver the prayer and Ken Winsel will be the master of ceremonies. Harper Winsel will read “In Flanders Fields,” Lily Wiering will read “America’s Answer,” the audience will sing “America” and the “The Star Spangled Banner.” Lorna Beyers will present the wreath service.

Rev. Stephen Wynja will provide the address, the American Legion Firing Squad will provide the rifle salute and Commander Earl DeWilde will deliver closing comments. The program will conclude with the playing of “Taps.”

All are invited to the Holland Senior Center for coffee and bars after the program.

In case of rain, the program will be held at the Holland Fire Hall.

Woodstock

The American Legion Herbert Holtke Post 285 will pay tribute at the Catholic Cemetery in Woodstock at 9:45 a.m. and the Woodstock Cemetery at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 30.

The Post will also pay tribute at the Ellsborough Lutheran Cemetery north of Lake Wilson at 9 a.m., the Lutheran Cemetery north of Lake Wilson at 9:15 a.m., and Hillside Cemetery at Lake Wilson at 10:30 a.m.

There will be a Memorial Day program at the Lake Wilson Legion Hall at 11 a.m. Commander Willis Grimmius will provide the welcome, the American Legion and Auxiliary will advance and retire the colors, “The Star Spangled Banner” will be sung, the audience will say the Pledge of Allegiance, Pastor Harlan Kaden will provide the invocation and benediction, Owen Vogel will provide a reading, and Mark Carlson will deliver the Memorial Day address. There will be a recognition of veterans, “Taps” will be played and there will be a recessional.