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Crosslake Lutheran to host Memorial Day service May 26

Dr. James Tourilla will be the guest speaker at this year's Crosslake Memorial Day Service.

Crosslake Lutheran Church's annual Memorial Day service will be held Sunday, May 26.

A traditional worship service will be at 8:30 a.m. at the church. A community wide observance will be at 10 a.m. at the Outdoor Worship Center on Daggett Pine Road across from the Crosslake Community Center baseball field.

Coffee, doughnuts and music will be available at 9:30 a.m.

The outdoor service will feature the national anthem sung by John Carlson, a contingent of American Legion veterans posting the colors and 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, South Dakota.

Veterans from World War II to the present will be honored and the fallen remembered. Gold Star families will be recognized.

Those who attend the ceremony may stay in their cars and listen to the service over their car radio or sit on provided benches and chairs. People may want to bring blankets or chairs. Pets are welcome.

The guest speaker will be James Tuorila, a licensed psychologist whose clinical experience includes a 30-year career with the St. Cloud VA specializing in post-traumatic stress disorder. He served in the U.S. Army for four years, serving 13 months overseas with the Second Infantry Division on the DMZ in Korea.

He was honorably discharged at the rank of sergeant in 1977.

He has also served as an adjunct faculty member at St. Cloud State University teaching multiple courses, including Death and Dying. He was the founder, past president and pilot for Freedom Flight Inc., and served in a variety of leadership roles for the VFW, including the VFW national surgeon general for three terms.

He and his wife live in St. Cloud. His son, Capt. Clint Tuorila, is a retired Army Reserve Company commander and Operation Iraqi Freedom combat veteran.

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