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Perham area Memorial Day programs

Monday, May 29 is Memorial Day, a day to remember and honor the more than 1 million men and women who have given their lives in service to this great nation over the course of many years, and many wars. It is a day to remember ancestors, family members and other loved ones who have given the ultimate sacrifice.

Memorial Day is a somber day; a day reserved for Americans to visit cemeteries and place flags or flowers on the graves of the war dead, and to attend special community services and events honoring the fallen.

Following is a list of Memorial Day events scheduled to take place around the Perham area.

PERHAM

Monday, May 29

Memorial Day Breakfast

7 a.m. to Noon at Prairie Wind Middle School

The Perham Masonic Lodge’s 10th Annual All-You-Can-Eat Dad’s Belgian Waffle Breakfast, with waffles, syrups, sausage and beverages, will be served before and after the Memorial Day service at the middle school. The cost for adults is $8.50 at the door, or $8 in advance. Kids 5 and under eat free. Carry-outs are available. Proceeds from the breakfast go to local Masonic scholarships, the Perham VFW and local Ladies Auxiliary. For advance tickets, call 218-849-4150.

Memorial Day Service

10 a.m. at Prairie Wind Middle School

A traditional Memorial Day service as held in Perham every year, with special music, a guest speaker and more. Presented by the Perham V.F.W. Post 4020, American Legion Post 61 and Ladies Auxiliary. Free and open to the public.

DENT

Saturday, May 27

Memorial Day Service

10 a.m. at the Dent Community Center Auditorium

A traditional program by the Dent American Legion Post 148 consisting of patriotic songs, readings by members of the Ladies Auxiliary, a POW/MIA symbolic table and flag folding ceremony. Guards will be posted throughout the program at a coffin in remembrance of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. The guest speaker will be Perry Coleman, Mayor of Dent, and there will be a “roll call” of members of the Post who passed on this year (their families are invited to attend). Prior to the retiring of the POW/MIA flag and the colors, a firing squad will honor the dead, followed by TAPS.

RICHVILLE

Sunday, May 28

Memorial Day Service

1:30 p.m. at the Richville Cemetery (on County Road 14)

Conducted by the Women's Richville Relief Corps and the Dent American Legion Post 148, this program will consist of songs, prayers and a roll call of veterans who gave the ultimate sacrifice. The firing squad will honor the dead, followed by TAPS. In case of inclement weather, the service will be held inside the Methodist Church in Richville.

After the service, people are invited to attend a “Dead River” ceremony a few miles down the road from the cemetery, still on County Road 14, during which a wreath is placed in the river to remember all those who died at sea.

BUTLER

Monday, May 29

Memorial Day Mass

8:30 a.m. at the Holy Cross Church in Butler

Father Matt Kuhn will conduct an outdoor Memorial Day mass (in case of inclement weather, the service will be held inside the church). Bring folding chairs. The firing squad from the Dent American Legion Post 148 will honor the dead, followed by TAPS.

Marie Johnson

Marie Johnson joined the Detroit Lakes Tribune in November 2017 after several years of writing and editing at the Perham Focus. She lives in rural Frazee with her husband, Dan, their young son and daughter, and their yellow Lab.

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