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Paynesville Press - May 21, 2003

Services planned for Memorial Day

By Bonnie Jo Hanson

Because the nation still has troops deployed in the Middle East, Memorial Day should have special meaning this year. On Monday, May 26, America will honor its military heros, including over 135 troops who died during the war with Iraq.

In Paynesville, Memorial Day services will begin at 8 a.m. with a mass at the St. Louis Catholic Cemetery. Father Richard Leison will officiate.

The Paynesville American Legion Post #271 will hold its annual service beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the school auditorium. It will include presentations by the Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Brownies, and the Girl State representative as well as her aleternate. Music for the service will be provided by Dave Stumo and Friends, the Martinson Family, and the Paynesville Area High School Band. The main speaker will be Michael Daniel.

After the ceremony at the school, the program will move to the Paynesville Cemetery to honor area veterans who have died.

The Othman Braun American Legion Post #671 (Lake Henry) will begin its Memorial Day program with a 10:30 a.m. mass officiated by Father Leo Leisen at its legion hall. The service will conclude with a flag ceremony and a gun salute.

The Lake Henry American Legion is located at 30369 County Road 32, approximately three miles northeast of Lake Henry.

Both clubs will host dinners following their services.

Those who wish to fly a flag on Memorial Day must remember to do so correctly. On Memorial Day, flags should be flown at half staff until noon, then moved to full staff for the remainder of the day.

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