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Paynesville Press - May 26, 2004

Memorial Day services to be held Monday, May 31

By Mandy Mayer

Memorial Day is a special day to honor the men and women who have served and died for their country. The American Legions in Lake Henry and Paynesville plan to commemorate Memorial Day on Monday, May 31, with programs.

Services will begin in Paynesville with a mass at the St. Louis Catholic Cemetery - on Lake Avenue on the east side of Paynesville - at 8 a.m., officiated by Father Richard Leisen.

The Paynesville American Legion Post #271 will have a service beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the auditorium at Paynesville Area High School. The main speaker will be Sergeant Jim Millard from the U.S. Army Reserve unit stationed in Paynesville. Millard has been in the Army for 16 years and plans to speak about the role of the military today.

The program also will include the singing of the national anthem, the reading of the Pledge of Allegiance, and other patriotic readings and songs. Participants in the program include Boy Scouts, Brownies, Cub Scouts, and Girl Scouts; Boy and Girl Staters; and Legion members.

Following the program, a flag ceremony will be held in front of Paynesville Area High School. Then the program will move to the Paynesville Cemetery to honor area veterans who have died.

A chicken and ham dinner will be served from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Paynesville American Legion Post. All Legion members assisting with the program should be in uniform and at the Legion by 8:45 a.m. A bus will take the members from the Legion to the high school.

The Othmar Braun American Legion Post #612 (Lake Henry) will start its program with a 10:30 a.m. mass officiated by Father Leo Liesen at the Legion hall, located at 30369 Co. Rd. 32, about three miles northeast of Lake Henry.

The post is planning on having Richard Philabaum, past post commander, as the guest speaker.

A dinner of roast beef, mashed potatoes, and coleslaw will be served following the ceremony at the hall.

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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