Memorial Day observances set in Hudson, area
Memorial Day observances are scheduled Monday in the Hudson area at St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery at 9 a.m. and Willow River Cemetery at 10:15. Additional observances are scheduled in Afton, Lakeland and Bayport.
The local presentations are sponsored by American Legion Post 50 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2115.
The speaker at Willow River Cemetery will be retired Army veteran John Helgeson of North Hudson. He served in Korea and is currently quartermaster of Hudson VFW Post 2115.
The Willow River service will be held rain or shine and includes members of the Boy Scouts, Hudson High School band, Miss Hudson royalty and local veterans, including a military salute by the American Legion-VFW Honor Guard.
The service at St. Patrick Cemetery includes a military salute by the American Legion-VFW Honor Guard and a Mass that will be held in St. Patrick Church if inclement weather develops. Services at Lakeview (Lakeland) and Afton cemeteries will follow the Willow River ceremonies at approximately 11 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. respectively. The Lakeland speaker is Daren Flinck of the St. Croix Valley Methodist Church. In Bayport, a Memorial Day parade begins at 8:30 a.m. The event includes the Hudson High School marching band. A ceremony at Hazelwood Cemetery follows the parade.
Members of the Hudson Memorial Day Committee include Gordon Knudson, John Helgeson, Merlin Blaisdell and Gerry Campbell. James Fosse is commander of VFW Post 2115 and Gordon Knudson is commander of American Legion Post 50.