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Memorial Day programs set in East Otter Tail

A time to remember...

Breakfast, program at Perham Vets Museum

Memorial Day services sponsored by the Perham VFW Post 4020 and American Legion Post 61 and their Auxiliaries will be held at the ITOW Veterans Museum on Monday, May 26, at 10:00 a.m.

Speakers for the event include Perham city mayor, Kevin Keil, and U.S. Army Captain, Aaron Krenz. Music will be provided by members of the Perham High School Brass Quintet, along with Russ Bunker and Ann Dardis.

The ITOW Veterans Museum will be open all day on Memorial Day with no charge to visit the exhibits.

From 7:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon there will be an 'all you can eat' Dad's Belgian Waffle Breakfast hosted by the Masonic Lodges of Perham and Wadena. Tickets are $6.00 in advance or $6.50 at the door. Children age 5 and younger eat free.

The breakfast includes waffles, sausage, flavored syrups and beverages. Proceeds from the breakfast go to support the ITOW Veterans Museum and Masonic local scholarships.

Also on Memorial Day, the VFW Auxiliary will hold a bake sale. Proceeds from the bake sale will go to help support the many programs sponsored by the Auxiliary.

Larry Kempenich, a Vietnam Veteran says, "Memorial Day should be observed by everyone living in the United States of America. The sacrifices by the service men in the past have given us these rights by their duty to our country. The tradition goes back to the Civil War when more Americans lost their lives than any other wars combined. VFW Post 4020 and American Legion Post 61 will honor all of the deceased veterans on this day by placing flags on their graves. Veterans will lower the flags around town to half mast until noon on Memorial Day as another tribute to our fallen comrades. The tradition has been going on in Perham for over 50 years and we will continue as long as there are Veterans able to perform these duties to their fallen comrades."

Memorial Day program set at Dent school

A Memorial Day service is scheduled for Saturday, May 24 at the Dent Elementary School.

The 10 a.m. program is being hosted by the American Legion and Auxiliary Post #148.

Chaplain Harold Locken will begin the service with an invocation, followed by remarks from Dent Mayor Perry Coleman. Past District Nine Commander Phil Bellaeville will be the guest speaker.

Readings will be given by the Ladies Auxiliary and Dent Elementary students. The program will also include a roll call of deceased veterans, a prayer and benediction, and a firing squad to honor the dead.

Richville event includes cemetery visit

The Richville Relief Corps have planned Memorial Day services for the city of Richville.

The annual Memorial Day program will be held on May 25 at the Richville United Methodist Church, concluding at the Richville Cemetery. John Knight of Perham will be the guest speaker.

Services at the cemetery will continue with the Dent American Legion Post #148, which will include the Honor Guard, the Nation's Old Glory, Taps, and a firing squad.

Lunch will be prepared by the Richville Relief Corps and served from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Richville Senior Center.

All are welcome to join in the day's activities to honor veterans, those who have lost their lives, and those who have served their country