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Services will honor veterans Monday

Master Sergeant Michael Cave will speak at Memorial Day services in Park Rapids Monday morning. (Submitted photo)

Services will be held at area communities Monday to observe Memorial Day.

In Park Rapids, a Memorial Day service will start at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Park Rapids Area High School auditorium with speaker Master Sergeant Michael Cave.

Cave was born in St. Paul in 1967. In February 1989, he enlisted the Marine Corps from New Haven, Conn. During his training as a mortarman, then Private First Class Cave was selected to undergo training for the prestigious United States Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon.

On May 1, 1990 he was promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal. In September 1989, he was selected to train for the "Marching 24" Silent Drill Platoon. During the next two years, he performed in over 200 shows worldwide and included performances for President George H.W. Bush as well as other heads of state.

He was promoted to Corporal on Feb. 1 1992. Corporal Cave re-enlisted for his second tour in February of 1993.

Corporal Cave was transferred from Washington, D. C. to the 2d Marine Division, Camp LeJeune, North Carolina for duty. Corporal Cave was promoted to the rank of Sergeant on May 1, 1993.

In June 1993 he again reported to the School of Infantry, Camp Geiger, North Carolina for training as an Anti-Tank Guided Missileman. Sergeant Cave re-enlisted for a third tour in May 1996.

Sergeant Cave served in Cuba from September 1996 through August 1997. Upon his return to the United States in September 1997, Sergeant Cave was assigned as platoon sergeant, Heavy Weapons Platoon, Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2d Marine Division.

He was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant on Feb. 1 1998. In June 1999, Staff Sergeant Cave was selected by his battalion commander to lead a platoon of Marines to participate in the Small Unit Exchange Program in Punta Arenas, Chile.

January 2000 brought new orders and Staff Sergeant Cave reported to Drill Instructor School, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C.

Gunnery Sergeant Cave reported to Company B, 1st Battalion, 6th Marines, 2d Marine Division on 21 March 2003, serving as the Company Gunnery Sergeant. His battalion deployed to Iraq in February 2005, where he served as the Company Gunnery Sergeant for Company A, 1st Battalion, 6th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 8, As Saqliwiyah, Iraq.

He was promoted to Master Sergeant on Oct. 1 2006.

Master Sergeant Cave reported to Marine Wing Support Squadron 471, Inspector and Instructor Staff on Feb. 9, 2007. He served as the Squadron Master Sergeant and Operations Chief.

Master Sergeant Cave's awards include the Purple Heart, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon and the Good Conduct Medal.

He is married to Anne-Marie Fostervold and they have three children, Michael, Jr., Jonathon and Zachary. They live in Melrose.

After music performed by the Park Rapids Area High School Band, Bill Gilchrist will play "The Pipes" during the entrance of Gold Star parents.

This year's Gold Star parents are Erland and Joyce Alto, John Freetly, Alfred and Erna Kable, and Robert and Christina Longfors.

The Park Rapids service will also include a call to order by Commander Dave Free, an invocation by Chaplain Art Wood and an armed forces salute by the band. Sheriff Frank Homer will make a special address and JoAnn Kunz will read a veteran's tribute. A special DVD presentation will be given by Trace Adkins, Memorial Arlington. Trisha (Wood) Glanzer will provide special music.

Following the service, there will be a parade to Red Bridge Park for a floral tribute at Fish Hook River. From there, the service will continue at the All-Veterans Memorial Park on U.S. Highway 71 south, where Blue Star Mothers will present a wreath and a memorial prayer will be led by Chaplain Wood.

The program concludes with a flag folding ceremony, flag disposal and taps.

The Park Rapids American Legion Otto Hendrickson Post 212 and Park Rapids Legion Auxiliary sponsor the memorial service.

Harold Harris VFW Post The Harold Harris VFW Post in Akeley will be conducting services at 9 a.m. at the Akeley Cemetery, 9:30 a.m. at the White Oak Cemetery, 10 a.m. at the Lemon Cemetery and in Nevis at 10:30 a.m.

The program includes a prayer service, lying of the wreaths, music by a local choir, a 21-gun salute and taps.

Menahga to hold service

Menahga VFW Post 6206 will present a Memorial Day Service at 10 a.m. at the Menahga School gymnasium. The program includes a presentation of flags by the Menahga VFW Post 6206 Color Guard.

A ceremony will follow immediately after the program at the cemetery. Lunch will be served at the Menahga VFW.

Laporte presents services

The Anderson-Black Legion and Auxiliary and the Laporte-Benedict VFW will present a Memorial Day program at 10 a.m. Monday, May 31 at the Laporte School.

A short program will be held at the Evergreen Cemetery at Kabekona at 9 a.m. and a service will be at St. Theodore Catholic Cemetery on the north side of Laporte.

Following the main program at the school, a short tribute to those lost at sea will be held at the public landing on Garfield Lake in Laporte.

Services will conclude at the Laporte (Lakeport) Cemetery with taps.

Everyone is welcome.

Anna Erickson
Anna Erickson is editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
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