Memorial Day pays tribute to members of America’s armed forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, both Park Rapids and Menahga have altered their traditional Memorial Day programs. No public will be in attendance.
The Park Rapids American Legion family will observe Memorial Day with a virtual commemoration.
Beginning at 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 25, the ceremony will be live streamed on Facebook Live (Park Rapids, Minnesota American Legion Post #212), the radio station and Park Rapids Enterprise website.
A prerecorded portion of the event will include a wreath presentation, prayer, flag-folding and flag-disposal ceremonies.
Returning as guest speaker is U.S. Army veteran Roger Boyce, a Park Rapids American Legion member who served in Vietnam 1971-72 in the 11th Armored Cavalry with the 2nd Squadron of the Black Horse Regiment, attached to the 1st Cavalry Airmobile.
Boyce is a lifetime member of the 11th Cavalry Association, Wolf Lake VFW 8165, Park Rapids DAV and 11th Armored Cavalry’s Veterans of Vietnam and Cambodia. Boyce said he is proud to represent the U.S. Army in the Star of the North Marine Corps League at local veterans’ funerals. He assisted the Fargo Vets Center and Hubbard County Veteran Services Office in establishing a combat veterans group here in Park Rapids. He and wife Jeanne live near Wolf Lake, where they raised their children.
Monday’s Memorial Day program will recognize veterans who passed away in 2019. Legion Chaplain Justin Fenger will conduct the invocation and benediction. Legion Commander Dave “Lefty” Anderson will offer a welcome. Special music will be played during the reading of the names of veterans who have passed away this last year.
Following the retirement of colors and playing of “Taps,” and a gun salute by the Star of the North U.S. Marine Corps League Honor Guard.
Menahga’s Memorial Day program will also be online, viewable at the Menahga School Facebook page, West Central Telephone Association (WCTA) Facebook page or WCTA channel on youtube.com.