Wanamingo Memorial Day program is back
The annual Wanamingo Memorial Day parade and program is back this year after it was canceled a year ago due to COVID-19. 8:00 am, there will be a brief ceremony and prayer at the Wanamingo POW / MIA Memorial.
8:30 a.m. The assembly takes place at the community center.
9:00 a.m. Get off at the community center.
The order of March is:
- Color carriers
- Mayor Ryan Holmes, Pastor Chris Culuris, Jason Benson
- Rifle squad
- All veterans walking and veterans transported in golf carts
- Flower carriers (Hunter Wetztein, Korbin Flotterud, Elizabeth Boulton, Oliver Stoppel)
- Kenyon-Wanamingo Marchin Marching Band
- Girl Scouts
The parade heads north on Main Street to the Zumbro River Bridge. A brief memorial service honoring those lost at sea will be held on deck.
Program at Riverside Park
Welcome by Pastor Culuris
Words from Mayor Holmes
Invocation and introduction of the group by Pastor Culuris
Musical selections: America The Beautiful, My Country Tis of Thee, KW Band under the direction of Claire Larson
Introduce the Boy Scouts for Pastor Culuris’ Pledge of Allegiance
Pledge of Allegiance led by the Scouts of Wanamingo
Presentation of the students for the readings of Pastor Culuris
In Flanders Field read by Sierra Belcher
Gettysburg speech read by Logan Thompson
Remarks by Jason Benson
Star Spangled Banner – John S. Smith by Kenyon-Wanamingo Band
Honor Roll of the Fallen read by Gary Floan
Salute to the Fallen by Wanamingo Veterans Honor Guard Rifle Squad
Taps by Alisha Ramirez and Arin Kyllo
Flag detail by Jim Kittelson
Blessing by Pastor Culuris
All veterans are encouraged to parade in the parade. For veterans who cannot walk, you are welcome to ride on the golf carts provided. (Uniform not required). In the event of a raid, the ceremony will take place in the Lutheran Church of the Trinity.
This is General Order # 11 from John A. Logan, Republic Grand Army Headquarters, Washington, DC, May 5, 1868.
“May 30, 1868, is designated for the purpose of sowing flowers or other objects to decorate the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now rest in almost all towns, villages and In this celebration no form or ceremony is prescribed, but the posts and comrades will organize in their own way the appropriate services and tokens of respect as circumstances permit. “
“We are organized, comrades, as our regulations tell us, with the aim, among other things,” of preserving and strengthening those kind and brotherly feelings which have united the soldiers, sailors and marines who have united to suppress the late rebellion. “What can help ensure this result more than by lovingly cherishing the memory of our heroic dead, who made their breasts a barricade between our country and its enemy?”
“So let us gather, at the appointed time, around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above and then with the most beautiful flowers of spring; let us raise above them the dear old flag which they have saved from dishonor; let us renew in this solemn presence our promises to help and assist those they have left among us as sacred burdens on the gratitude of the Nation, the widow and orphan of the soldier and the sailor. “
“The goal of the Commander-in-Chief is to instill this observance in the hope that it will continue from year to year, while a war survivor remains to honor the memory of his fallen comrades.” He sincerely desires the public press to draw attention to this order and to lend his friendly assistance in bringing it to the attention of comrades in all parts of the country in time for simultaneous compliance … “
By order of John A. Logan, Commander-in-Chief
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