“I think everyone here still keeps it in their hearts and it will not be a day that we have just forgotten,” Legion Legion Troops American Brewster Commander Tom Behrends said of the upcoming holiday Monday. “I think everyone who is patriotic and touched today, they might remember this weekend forever. We will respect solo, many of us. “
At Brewster, members of the Legion and Auxiliary will do what they can to respect and remember the military veterans who have served this country. On Saturday, they will fly the flag at their grave and erect a memorial cross in Brewster City Park, which will remain on display until Tuesday morning.
“I think we will put out the trumpet and play the tap (after the cross is raised), just to signal to the city that the weekend has begun,” Behrends said. “We can do social distance and raise flags … and crosses in parks and people can come and see that.”
Absent will be any type of program on Monday, although Behrends said the Brewster Veterans Memorial Facebook page will provide a link to a video of last year’s Memorial Day speech by Vietnamese veteran Keith Carey, and he hopes to also upload a video recalling the shot of a Kansas soldier during his tour of duty. in Iraq in 2007. The soldier was in the Behrends unit.
“My intention is to show that let people see what we are doing for the soldiers on the side of the pool,” Behrends said. “This is solemn enough to be heard.
“I think if I can get it there (on the Facebook page), it will be a good reminder today,” he added.
In Worthington, veterans with VFW Post 3958 flew a large flag at the Worthington Cemetery Thursday afternoon, in addition to getting help from Early Risers Kiwanis members to place the flag on the graves of veterans in the local graveyard.
Veteran and Legion member of the Vietnam era Steve Ahlberg said it would be a different Remembrance Day for Legion members who normally lead the program at five different locations in Worthington – Park of Remembrance, Cemetery of St. Mary, Worthington Cemetery, Freedom Shore Veterans Memorial Cemetery and at Chautauqua Park.
“We are experiencing weather (problems) where we have to move to another location, but there is nothing like this,” Ahlberg said. “We are sad about it, but we are aware that we must be aware of the public – especially in Worthington.”
Ahlberg said the ‘Amazing’ Worthington City Band was nervous about playing on a program because of the potential for droplets to spread from their horns. Even though there is an outside bandwell, there are too many risks.
Nobles County remains the fourth highest in a positive COVID-19 case in Minnesota.
In the northern part of the county, Wilmont VFW also placed a flag at the location of each grave in the cemetery of Reading, St. Kilian and Wilmont, but the Memorial Day program and lunch were canceled.
Commander Merle Rabenberg said the tap would be played at all three graves Monday morning – 9 am in Reading; 9:30 AM on St. Kilian and 10 am at Wilmont. If people plan to be there to hear the trumpet, they are asked to practice maintaining social distance.
Social restrictions are recommended for all those who plan to visit the cemetery this weekend.
“There is a lot of caution out there and people want to be safe,” Behrends said. “Lots of veterans, as a whole, in a few years, and that’s something we really need to be careful about.”
Nationally, American Legion Commander James W. “Bill” Oxford urges people to respect the American heroes who fall at dusk Monday by lighting candles of honor and placing them on the front porch.
“Such a performance will remind everyone that our determination to respect those who serve before us will continue even when social measures limit our ability to perform traditional Memorial Day dhikr,” Oxford said. “We must adapt and overcome the pandemic to pay our respects to the true meaning of Remembrance Day.”
The color choices of candles to consider are: Red candles to remember the blood shed in battle to protect freedom; white candles to keep POW / MIA in mind and prayer while waiting for them to return home; and / or blue candles to salute the memories of those who made it home but are no longer with us.
“However you choose, whether it is one or three candles, I ask that the photographs of the candles be shared on social media, mark the Headquarters of the American Legion and use the hashtag #candlesofhonor so that our message will reach families everywhere,” Oxford said.
Also, share who you will remember this Anniversary on social media using the hashtag #VirtualMemorialDay.
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