Memorial Day Programs in the Northland

Many events will be happening this weekend across the Northland in honor those who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

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On Saturday, May 27 there will be a Memorial Day Weekend Community Picnic & Salute to Military at Richard I Bong Veterans Center from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Free and open to the public. This event is packed with fun things for the kids, Bouncy House, games, M-60 Tank Tours, Museum Tours, and more. Sponsored by Super One Foods, Exodus Global, National Bank of Commerce, Superior Beverages, Superior Light & Power Co, Veterans Services Office of Superior, American Legion Post #435, American Legion Auxiliary


The Memorial Day programs begin at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. Members of the Carlton County Historical Society and Hebert-Kennedy VFW Post #3979 will dedicate a grave marker in Cloquet’s Hillcrest Cemetery to Wallace Kennedy. Kennedy fought in WWII and was buried in North Africa. The VFW, which is named after Kennedy and his brother, is donating the marker in Cloquet. There will be a short program following the dedication.

VFW Post #3979, American Legion Post #262, DAV Chapter 18, American Ex-Prisoners of War and their auxiliaries will visit the following cemeteries:

  • Bus reports to VFW at 7:30 a.m.
  • Highway 210, Sawyer at 8:25 a.m.
  • St. Mary and Joseph, Sawyer at 8:30 a.m.
  • Holy Family Mission at 8:45 a.m.
  • Maple Grove Cemetery at 9:15 a.m.
  • New Calvary Cemetery at 9:30 a.m.
  • Hill between old cemeteries above Pinehurst Park at 9:50 a.m.
  • Apostolic Church, Esko at 10:20 a.m.
  • St. Mathews, North Cloquet Road at 10:45 a.m.
  • Pine River, North Highway 33 at 11:05 a.m.
  • Veterans Park, Cloquet at 11:30 a.m.


On Sunday, May 28, The Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery – Duluth will be hosting their Memorial Day program to honor and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation. Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, 4777 Highway 53 with pre-ceremony music by the 34th ID Boots & Brass beginning at 1:30 p.m., the event begins at 2:00 p.m. Bring lawn chairs and carpool if possible.

On Monday, May 29, the Gary New Duluth Memorial Day Ceremony will be held at Veteran Memorial Park, 801 101st Ave. W from 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. The event honors the sacrifice of veterans from the Duluth’s far western communities who gave their lives in service to their country. This includes Riverside, Smithville, Morgan Park, Gary-New Duluth, Fond du Lac and the Wisconsin village of Oliver. Refreshments will be available at the GND-REC after the ceremony.

West Duluth Memorial Day Parade on Monday at 12:30 p.m. The parade route runs east along Grand Avenue from 59th Avenue West to Central Avenue, south on Central Avenue to Ramsey Street, and east on Ramsey Street. Parade units line up on 59th Avenue West between Raleigh Street and Grand Avenue beginning at 10:30 a.m. The parade is sponsored by Duluth Women of Today.


Monday, May 29, the annual Proctor Memorial Day observance and program sponsored by the Proctor American Legion Post 106 will be held at 9:30 a.m., outside of the Proctor Community Center. Sixty Proctor area service members will be honored for giving their lives defending our country. A locomotive bell will ring once for each name read. Speakers include McConnell-Modeen VFW Post 137 Jr. Vice Commander Ralph Talarico and Senator Grant Hauschild.

The Proctor Boy Scout Troop 84 will do the Pledge of Allegiance, Olivia Morin-Swanson will sing the National Anthem. Music: Bagpipes by Kerry Welsh, Proctor Community Band.

Following the Proctor program, the American Legion Honor Guard will visit the six-area cemeteries to salute the departed.

  • Pine Hill in Midway at 11:00 a.m.
  • Augustana in Midway at 11:30 a.m.
  • Solway, Maple Grove Road at noon
  • Twig, Industrial Road, Grand Lake at 1:15 p.m.
  • Pike Lake, Canosia at 1:30 p.m.
  • Hermantown, 5345 Morris Thomas Road at 1:45 p.m.


There will be a Memorial Day Remembrance ceremony at the Ely Cemetery, on the East end of Sheridan Street at 10:30 a.m. David Merhar (Ret) Colonel, U.S. Army will be the featured speaker. The event is free and sponsored by the VFW Post 2717 and American Legion 248 wi.Auxiliary.


On Monday, May 29: The official Memorial Day address will take place at 11:15 a.m. at the Itasca Calvary Cemetery. Speaker is John Johnson, Commissioner District 3, Army Veteran. Additional details can be found on the Grand Rapids Herald Review.

Grand Rapids military honors will be conducted at

  • Old Soldiers Lane Cemetery – wreath laying at 9:00 a.m.
  • Wildwood Cemetery – wreath laying at 9:30 a.m.
  • Harris Township Cemetery – wreath laying at 10:15 a.m.
  • Robert Horn Bridge – wreath committal at 11:15 a.m.
  • Itasca County Courthouse – Veterans memorial, wreath laying at 11:45 a.m.
  • Brookstone – wreath laying at 1:00 p.m.
  • The Emeralds – wreath laying at 1:30 p.m.
  • Grand Village (Itasca Nursing Home) – wreath laying at 2:00 p.m.

Monday, May 29, VFW Post 1721 at 10 a.m., Waukenabo Cemetery; 12 p.m., Pine Grove Cemetery

Monday, May 29, 8:30 a.m. Ball Bluff, Jacobson; 10 a.m. Hill Lake; 10:45 a.m. Macville; 11:30 a.m. Memorial Park

GOODLAND – Sunday, May 28, 1 p.m. Goodland Cemetery. Potluck luncheon to follow service at the Goodland Community Center.

KEEWATIN – Monday, May 29, 9:30 a.m., Legion Post 452/VFW Post 5516 and auxiliaries ceremonies at Keewatin City Park (in case of rain, service will be held at the Keewatin Community Center).

NASHWAUK – Monday, May 29, American Legion & Auxiliary No. 307 at Legion Quarts of the Memorial Building 8-10 a.m. breakfast, 10:30 a.m. memorial service at Nashwauk Cemetery (in case of rain, events will be held at the Nashwauk Recreation Building).

Lakeview Cemetery – Monday, May 29, 10 a.m. Speaker is David “Jake” Jacobson, USAF Retired; ACVSO


Military honors by the Deer River Veterans American Legion Post 122 and Veterans of Foreign Wars 2720. All Veterans are welcome to join in the Memorial Day activities. Meet at the Vets Club at 8:30 a.m., or at Essentia Health at 9 a.m.

  • Essential Health at 9:15 a.m.
  • Pine Ridge Cemetery at 9:45 a.m.
  • Olivet Cemetery at 10:10 a.m.
  • Ball Club Cemetery at 10:30 a.m.
  • Tibbetts Cemetery at 10:45 a.m.
  • Town Site Cemetery at 11:00 a.m.
  • Fairbanks Cemetery at 11:15 a.m.
  • Turtle Cemetery at 11:30 a.m
  • George Johnson Memorial Cemetery at 11:45 a.m.
  • Winnie Dam honoring comrades buried at sea at noon.


Saturday, May 27 there will be a Memorial Day celebration at 10:00 a.m. ath the Bearville Cemetery in Togo.

On Monday, May 29 there will be Memorial Day celebrations at:
Fredheim Cemetery in Effie at 9:00 a.m.
Stokes Cemetery at 9:00 a.m.
Bigfork Cemetery at 11:00 a.m.


There will be an Honor Guard Memorial Day Ceremonies on Monday, May 29 at:

  • Wirt at 8:45 a.m.
  • Sand Lake at 9:25 a.m.
  • Donnelly at 10;10 a.m.
  • Jesse Lake at 10:50 a.m.
  • Marcell at 11:30 a.m.
  • Suomi at 12:10 a.m.


There will be a Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 29 at the Bandshell in Ashland at 9:30 a.m. Cemetery services:

  • Mt Hope at 11:45 a.m. Two services will be held
  • St Agnes at 12:10 p.m. Two services will be held
  • B’nai Israel at 12:30 p.m.
  • Town of Eileen Memorial at 12:50 p.m.
  • Moquah at 1:20 p.m. Three services will be held
  • Woodland Cemetery – Washburn at 2:20 p.m.


A Memorial Day salute to veterans at 10:00 a.m. at the Village Hall Memorial, followed by visits to each cemetery in Butternut. For more information, call 715-769-3951 or visit


Memorial Day ceremonies will be held on Monday, May 29 in Hayward.

Veterans will gather at the Veterans Community Center between 9 and 10 a.m. to march up Main Street to Shue’s Pond. They will be joined by the Hayward High School Band.

At 10:15 there will be a service at Shue’s Pond honoring veterans lost at sea. The master of ceremony will be Frank Leuschen, vice-commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7233. Butch Grainger, Post chaplain, will give the prayer. A wreath will be laid on Shue’s Pond by Navy veteran Mike Skinner, VFW quartermaster. The Hayward High School Band will perform patriotic songs and ‘Taps.’

At 11 a.m. there will be a service at Greenwood Cemetery to honor those veterans lost on land. The speaker will be Paul Wharton, U.S. Army Colonel (Ret.), a member of Springbrook VFW Post 10568.

The Lac Courte Oreilles Tribe and AmVets Post 1998 will host a Memorial Day service at 11:30 a.m. at the LCO Veterans Memorial Park at the corner of Highways. K and E, to celebrate the lives of those who have served the nation in the U.S. Armed Forces.