Memorial Day services planned in Pequot, Crosslake, Nisswa
Annual Memorial Day services will be held Sunday, May 26, at Crosslake Lutheran Church, and Monday, May 27, in Pequot Lakes, Crosslake and Nisswa,
Crosslake Lutheran Church: Crosslake Lutheran Church will host a community observance of Memorial Day at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Outdoor Worship Center on Daggett Pine Road in Crosslake, across from the Crosslake Community Center.
The Memorial Day celebration will feature patriotic music; a bugler playing Taps; a contingent of American Legion veterans led by Bob McPherson firing an honorary salute to the dead; and an aerial fly-over by the North Star Squadron, a group of four fixed wing aircraft flown by experienced pilots who participate in air shows throughout the Midwest.
The leader of this squadron is Steve Knight, who has been an adviser to the Civil Air Patrol and now lives in Mission Hill, S.D.
Veterans from World War II to the present will be honored. The theme of the day is “our continuing search for peace and good will among all people.”
Those attending the ceremony may stay in their cars and listen to the service over the radio or sit outside on benches and chairs provided by the Outdoor Worship Center. Participants can bring lawn chairs and blankets.
Guest speaker is Chaplain (Maj. Gen.) Norris L. Einertson, U.S. Army Retired. He grew up in Westbrook, Minn., and graduated from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D., and Luther Seminary, St. Paul. He was ordained in the American Lutheran Church in June 1961 and entered active duty as an Army chaplain a month later.
Stateside, he served at Fort Ripley, Kan.; Fort Ord, Calif.; Forts Hamilton and Wadsworth, N.Y.; Forts Gordon and McPherson, Ga.; and the Pentagon.
Overseas, he served one tour in Panama, two in Germany and one in Vietnam.
With the exception of a three-year tour of duty on the staff and faculty of the U.S. Army Chaplain Center and School, his assignments during his first 21 years of service were with the Army’s field units.
In April 1982, he began a three-year tour of duty as executive officer in the Office of the Army Chief of Chaplains in the Pentagon.
After serving seven and one half months as U.S. forces command chaplain, he was promoted to brigadier general and became the deputy chief of chaplains Dec. 1, 1985. Seven months later he was promoted to major general and served for four years as chief of chaplains.
He earned a Master of Sacred Theology degree from New York Theological Seminary and is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College, the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and the Army War College.
His military awards include the Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, and the Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster.
He has been listed in “Whose Who in American Colleges and Universities,” “Whose Who in American Religion” and “Whose Who in America.”
He married Carolyn Baalson Einertson of Sioux Falls. They have three children: Thomas, of Brooklyn Park; John of Marietta, Ga.; and Nora, of San Jose, Calif. They have six grandchildren.
Einertson retired from the Army on Aug. 1, 1990, and was installed as a pastor in Valley Springs, S.D. He and his wife reside in Sioux Falls, where he serves as an interim pastor and visitation pastor at times.
For six years he served on the Augustana College Fellows Cabinet. He has served on the Bethany Lutheran Home Long-range Planning Committee since its inception in 1992 and is currently the president of the Bethany Lutheran Foundation.
Pinewood Cemetery: The annual Memorial Day ceremony, led by the Crosslake-Fifty Lakes American Legion Post 500, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Crosslake Pinewood Cemetery to honor and remember those who died in the service of our country and other deceased military veterans who served.
There are 160 veterans buried at Pinewood who will be identified with individual American flags at their grave sites and recognized individually during the ceremony.
Maj. Chip Rankin of the Minnesota National Guard will be guest speaker. Rankin is principal of Pequot Lakes High School. He has served in the guard for more than 18 years with deployments to both Iraq, where he served as a company commander in Fallujah, and Afghanistan as a commander of a NATO training mission.
Father Ryan Moravitz, pastor of Immaculate Heart Catholic Church in Crosslake, will give the invocation and benediction.
Crosslake Community School students will lead the pledge of allegiance and will lay a wreath at the flag pole to honor those who served. The post color guard will provide full military honors.
John Carlson will sing a patriotic selection.
The Jenkins VFW Post 3839 and Pequot Lakes American Legion Post 49 will host a Memorial Day program at 10 a.m. Monday in the Pequot Lakes High School auditorium.
Speakers will be Corp. Andrew Rowland and Damian Broderson.
After the program, the color guards will march to the Pequot Lakes Cemetery to present honors and then proceed down Sibley Avenue to Sibley Park. A wreath will be placed in Lake Sibley honoring departed Navy veterans.
Lunch will follow at the Jenkins VFW.
State Sen. Carrie Ruud, R-Breezy Point, will be the keynote speaker at a Memorial Day remembrance event at noon Monday at the Nisswa American Legion.
State Rep. John Ward, DFL-Baxter, and state Sen. Paul Gazelka, R-Cass County, also will speak.
Jim Starkey, Post 627 commander, will be master of ceremonies.
The ceremony will begin by recognizing all families with members of their family currently serving in the military.
Winner of the Nisswa Elementary School Memorial Day Essay Contest will read the winning essay on “What it means to be a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Community.”
“The ceremony will not only honor those who have died, but also those who live and continue to fight for the freedom of this great nation,” Starkey said.
Brad Wallace from Grace United Methodist Church in Pequot Lakes will perform renditions of the national anthem, “Proud to be an American” (a sing along), “There She Stands” and the “The Lord’s Prayer.”
The daughters of Scott Thurlow, an active member of Post 627 who passed away several years ago, will throw a wreath into Nisswa Lake in honor of all who died at sea.
Father George Zeck will be the chaplain.