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Paynesville Press - May 22, 2002

Local services planned for Memorial Day

By Bonnie Jo Hanson

Memorial Day is a time to remember and to honor the men and women who have served and died for their country.

Paynesville's Memorial Day services will begin with a mass at the St. Louis Catholic Cemetery at 8 am. on Monday, May 27. Father Richard Liesen will officiate.

War Casualties table The Paynesville American Legion Post #271 will hold a service beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the school auditorium. It will include presentations from the Boy Scouts, the Girl Scouts, the Girl's State representatives, and the Paynesville Area High School band.

The main speaker will be Marine Corps Captain David Moore. Moore graduated from PAHS in 1986 and is currently a resident of Eden Prairie.

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

The Othmar Braun American Legion Post #612 (Lake Henry) will begin its Memorial Day program at the Legion hall with a 10:30 a.m. mass officiated by Father Leo Liesen.

Speakers will include Joe Schweiters, the post commander, and Rich Philabaum, past commander. The service will conclude outdoors with a gun salute. The Lake Henry American Legion hall 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 during Memorial Day should remember to display it properly. On Memorial Day, the flag is to be flown at half staff until noon, then it should be raised to peak position for the afternoon.

To properly fly a flag at half staff, it should be raised to peak position, held for a moment, and then lowered to the half-staff position.

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