Klempke, Brooke to speak at Memorial Day events
Memorial Day can mean a lot of different things to people. For some, it’s the first official weekend of summer, while for others it is the big weekend to open up the cabin.
Regardless of where one spends the three-day weekend, there are plenty of opportunities to pay tribute and remember those who gave their lives while serving in the armed forces.
The day begins with breakfast. Pancakes, ham and homemade fruit syrups will be served by the Wolf Lake Chapter of the Minnesota Finnish American Historical Society from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Wolf Lake Lions Hall. The freewill breakfast donations go toward scholarships to the Finnish language camp at Concordia Language Villages.
An exclusive freewill breakfast will be served at the Frazee VFW Post at 7 a.m. for veterans, spouses, parade participants and scouts involved in the Memorial Day event.
The services begin in Vergas at 9 a.m. with a parade that is followed by a ceremony at the Vergas Village Cemetery.
In Frazee the services begin at 10:30 a.m. as the VFW members lead the parade and band downtown. The ceremonies will be held at Town Lake. The speaker at both Vergas and Frazee’s ceremonies will be United Methodist Pastor Gary Klempke, a retired policeman and Vietnam veteran.
The Wolf Lake ceremony begins at 11 a.m. at the Lions Community Hall. Lauri Brooke, Veterans Service Officer for Becker County, will speak at the event.
A $7.50 waffle and sausage breakfast will be held in Perham at Prairie Wind Middle School, 480 Coney Street. Proceeds go towards Masons scholarships and the In Their Own Words Veterans museum.
From 1-3 p.m. two speakers will present at the Veterans Museum, 805 West Main in Perham. William Rose will share experiences from Vietnam and Paul Ceynowa, a World War II marine, will share his first-hand experience in Iwo Jima. The event is free. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or 346-7678.