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Memorial Day programs planned in Brookings area

Posted: Sunday, May 24th, 2009

Community organizations around the area are busy planning Memorial Day services to honor local veterans who gave their lives serving their country in the armed forces.

Programs in and around Brookings to observe the holiday include the following : Arlington

Services by Arlington American Legion Edgar L. Herrick Post No. 42 begin at 10 a.m. Monday in the multipurpose room at the public school. The speaker for the event is Warren Aas, South Dakota American Legion department service officer.

Following services, the group heads to a ceremony at the Avenue of Flags at the city pond. The Legion Auxiliary will then serve a luncheon in the Legion Hall. Astoria

A Memorial Day program will be held at 9 a.m. Monday at the Astoria Auditorium with featured speaker Kathleen Quinn, an Army nurse from Howard.

The group then heads to Bethany Cemetery, and then on to the Bakken-Engen Post No. 103 American Legion Hall for refreshments. Aurora

A Memorial Day program hosted by Pike-Huska American Legion Post No. 230 and Auxilary is planned at the Little Hall at 10:30 a.m. Monday, where Major Troy Ness, of the SDSU Army ROTC, will speak.

Then a brief memorial service at a monument listing the names of all deceased veterans will be held at the city park on Broadway Street. A potluck follows at Little Hall in Aurora. Brookings

Memorial Day services in Brookings are planned for 10 a.m. Monday in the Swiftel Center's Daktronics Room.

The Rev. Robert Camp, a WWII veteran who served and was wounded in the European theater and is now state chaplain for the Disabled American Veterans, will give the address. The Veterans of Foreign Wars, George Dokken Post No. 2118 and Ladies Auxiliary host the event.

Then all veterans and their families are invited to a free potluck dinner at the VFW post home, 502 Main Ave., at noon. Bruce

A 10 a.m. service, hosted by Waite-Westrum-Skovlund American Legion Post No. 200, is set for Monday at the Bruce Legion Hall. The featured speaker is Sioux Valley Principal David Colberg. Colman

A Memorial Day service, sponsored by the Schaeffer-Lellelid American Legion Post No. 278, will be held at the Colman Cemetery at 10:30 a.m. Lt. Col. Colleen Davis of Flandreau is the featured speaker. Elkton

The Elkton American Legion hosts a Memorial Day service in the Community Center on Monday at 10 a.m.

The service then moves outdoors to the park area north of the bank, where flags will be placed on crosses. A community potluck lunch follows the ceremonies, held back in the Community Center. Egan

Services for the Frederick C. Schroeder American Legion Post No. 97 begin at the bridge south of Egan at 9 a.m. Services at Hillside Cemetery will follow. Lt. Col. Colleen Davis of Flandreau will deliver the Memorial Day message.

Refreshments will be served at the Egan Senior Citizens Center following services. In case of rain, the event will move to the United Methodist Church in Egan. Flandreau

A Memorial Day program is planned for 11 a.m. Monday at Union Cemetery. State American Legion Adjutant Ron Boyd will be the keynote speaker, while Kelley-Porter Post 70 American Legion Commander Barry Kooiman will serve as the master of ceremonies.

Moody County VFW Post 3351 Auxiliary is planning to place wreaths honoring veterans . Sinai

The Quail-Evenson American Legion Post No. 133 hosts Memorial Day events in Sinai on Monday. The program begins at 10:30 a.m. at Sinai Lutheran Church, with Spc. Patrick Connell giving the address. Military rites follow, and then lunch is served at the fellowship hall. Toronto

A Memorial Day parade takes place on Main Street at 10 a.m., followed by a ceremony at the Toronto Cemetery at 10:15 a.m. Monday and a program at 11 a.m. at the Deubrook Elementary gym. Army nurse Kathleen Quinn of Howard is the guest speaker, and a dinner is served in the gym following the program, hosted by Erickson-Olson American Legion Post No. 81 and Auxiliary. Volga

The Burroughs-Young American Legion Post No. 114 and Auxiliary plans to hold a Memorial Day service at 9:30 a.m. Monday in the Sioux Valley High School gymnasium .

The Rev. Dan Overbo speaks at the event, and firstgrade girls will decorate graves. White

Memorial Day services are at McKnight Hall at 10:30 a.m. Monday. Sgt. 1st Class Darrell Bird is the featured speaker.

A ceremony follows at the Fairview Cemetery, and then participants head back to the center for a noon lunch, served by the Higgins-Jessen Post No. 88 American Legion Auxiliary.

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