Memorial Day plans take shapeVolunteers will scour area cemeteries looking for markers to place flags next to, Sando said. “We apologize in advance if a grave is missed.” Those who want a grave site known should call Sando’s Lake County office at 834-8326.
By: News-Chronicle, Lake County News Chronicle
Plans are being finalized for Memorial Day events in Lake County and veterans service officer Vince Sando wants to make sure that every war veteran grave gets a flag placed courtesy of area veterans and volunteers.
“We don’t want to miss anybody,” Sando said.
Volunteers will scour area cemeteries looking for markers to place flags next to, Sando said. “We apologize in advance if a grave is missed.” Those who want a grave site known should call Sando’s Lake County office at 834-8326.
Extra flags will be available for families at the Two Harbors American Legion and other veterans service organizations, he said. “It’s an emotional time,” Sando said of Memorial Day, “especially when you see all those flags fluttering.”
Observing Memorial Day can be more than attending programs in Two Harbors and Silver Bay or visiting the seven cemeteries decorated with flags. Sando said residents should think about donating some time “to visit a cemetery and take part in some cleaning or beautifying activities.”
Volunteers are also needed to place the flags. Flags will be put in cemeteries Wednesday in Silver Bay, Sawtooth, Beaver Bay, Finland, Isabella, Palmers, Toimi, Brimson, and Bassett. Flags go in at Lakeview Cemetery in Two Harbors next Friday morning. Memorial Day is May 30.
A program beings at 9:30 a.m. Memorial Day at Two Harbors High School. There will be music from the high school and city band and a speech from Maj. Kristen Auge from the Minnesota National Guard. After the event, a procession, including a bus, will go to Lakeview and the military section on the west side. A wreath will be placed before a gun salute, “Taps,” and a flag raising.
A program at the Silver Bay Veterans Home begins at 10 a.m. with a reception after. Attendees are asked to bring their own chairs.
The Lake County Board of Commissioners recently bumped up the county’s annual contribution toward the Memorial Day programs. Sando called it “very generous” and it allowed for more flags and other additions to the programs.