Saturday, June 22nd, 2024 Church Directory
The Honor Guard from the Becker American Legion marched into the Becker Cemetery for its annual Memorial Day program, which included a reading of the names of all the Veterans buried there. (Patriot Photo by Mark Kolbinger).
God Bless OuR Veterans. A large gathering took place at the Big Lake Cemetery that included Stella Huso (front), a Gold Star Mother who is 106-years-old. In the photo above are (in no particular order): Donna Wingard, Gary W. Meyer, Gold Star Mom Stella T. Huso, Debbie Johnson. Corky Nienaber, Judy Ranollo, Betty Wold, Bruce Brown, Bagpiper-Katie Brady, Trumpeter- Brandon Backes, Dennis Gail, Gary Poslusny, Ken Auer, Paul Seefeld, Ben Hannay, Doug Shultz, Ricky Gail and Don Duell. Not pictured but present: Linda Hannay, Mayor Paul Knier, Pastor Kyle (Saron Lutheran), Judy McViegh, Kathy Poslusny, Deli Stein, Richard Wingard and Gloria Vander Brake. (Submitted Photo).
South Santiago Lutheran Cemetery: The Becker Legion Firing Squad (left to right) Andrew Lee, Edward Radeke, Leroy Weeres, Fred Goodrie, Larry Woolhouse, Bill Smith and Chad Kolstad. (Patriot Photo by Mary Nehring).
The Becker marching band played both the Battle Hymn of the Republic and the National Anthem. (Patriot Photo by Mark Kolbinger).
Lunch line was busy with hungry guests. (Patriot Photo by Mark Kolbinger).
A good gathering at the Becker Legion following services. (Patriot Photo by Mark Kolbinger).

Rain doesn’t deter Memorial Day celebrations

The Becker American Legion once again led a community recognition on Memorial Day, as they visited a number of area cemeteries before holding a program in Becker.

Commander John Riebel welcomed those in attendance and challenged the crowd to continue to honor Veterans, especially those that made the ultimate sacrifice.

Chaplain Tim Hinds led those in attendance in prayer, then he and American Legion Auxiliary Treasurer Nellie Simpson read the names of the Veterans who are buried in the Becker Cemetery.

The Becker marching band, under the direction of Justin Frerich, made a triumphant return to the ceremony, playing both the Battle Hymn of the Republic and the National Anthem.

Riebel thanked the musicians and noted that they are once again trying to establish themselves as a featured activity in the community, and he urged people to support the marching band.

Riebel also recognized several American Legion members for their 50-plus years of service to the organization: Dave Graning, Dr. Dan Casey, Roger Johnson, Norman Jensen and Alan Nelson.  Riebel was then recognized for his 50 years of service, including serving as Commander on a number of occasions.

From there, the public was invited to the Legion Hall, where the auxiliary served up an incredible cookout meal of grilled meats, salad, beans and more.  

As is the custom at Memorial Day services, there was a Missing Man Table to recognize those soldiers who are POW/MIA.  It’s a small table in a place of honor with a setting for one and an empty chair.  As the placard stated, it is the Legion members’ way of symbolizing the “fact that members of our profession of arms are missing from our midst”.  

Once the meal was concluded, people again went their own way knowing they had recognized the ultimate sacrifice made by so many Veterans.

Big Lake

Once again, Big Lake had their Memorial Day observances at the Big Lake War Memorial in the early morning hours, then the Big Lake Legion held their service at the cemetery at around 10 a.m. as well as a service at the Bailey Cemetery in Big Lake Twp.

Clear Lake/Clearwater

The Clearwater American Legion visited St. Marcus Cemetery in Clear Lake and then headed to the Clear Lake Cemetery before stopping at the Highland Cemetery in Hasty. From there they traveled to three Clearwater cemeteries: Mt. Hope, St. Luke’s and Acacia. It all followed with a luncheon at the Legion in Clearwater.