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Memorial Day ceremonies beat bad weather in Brainerd lakes area

Annual services held in Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Crosslake, Pine River and Backus communities to honor those who died for American freedoms.

The Crosslake Fire Department displayed a 78-foot flag at Pinewood Cemetery.
The Crosslake-Fifty Lakes American Legion's Memorial Day ceremony Monday, May 30, 2022, at Pinewood Cemetery featured a Crosslake Fire Department truck displaying a 78-foot flag.
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Before the Brainerd lakes area was washed clean by a deluge of storms, Memorial Day ceremonies in area communities honored America's heroes throughout the country.

21 gun salute
The Pine River American Legion fires a salute during the Monday, May 30, 2022, Memorial Day services at the Pine Ridge Cemetery.
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Pine River American Legion Post Commander
Pine River American Legion Post 163 Commander Terry Steele gave a speech for the Monday, May 30, 2022, Memorial Day ceremonies in Pine River, including at the Pine Ridge Cemetery.
Travis Grimler / Echo Journal

In Pine River, the American Legion hosted its first ceremony at the new rock riffle dam at Norway Brook. Concerned that the wreath would get stuck in the rock weir dam, it was placed at the base of the flag pole in the park in honor of those lost at sea.

The ceremony then continued at Pine Ridge Cemetery at the veterans section of the cemetery, followed by another at Swanburg Cemetery.

Flags waving on graves
The winds blowing at area Memorial Day services on Monday, May 30, 2022, kept flags flying straight out at Pine Ridge Cemetery.
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Every veteran buried in Pinewood Cemetery in Pine River was recognized with a flag at their grave Monday, May 30, 2022.
Every veteran buried in Pinewood Cemetery was recognized with a flag at their grave.
Megan Buffington / Echo Journal

The Crosslake-Fifty Lakes American Legion held their Memorial Day service at Pinewood Cemetery. The guest speaker was Alec Embree, a veteran who spoke about the mental health struggles many veterans return with after service.

The Crosslake Fire Department displayed their 78-foot flag.

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Guest speaker Alec Embree addressing the crowd
Guest speaker Alec Embree addressed the crowd.
Megan Buffington / Echo Journal

Annual services were also held in Backus, Pequot Lakes and Nisswa on Memorial Day. Crosslake Lutheran Church hosted its annual Memorial Day service Sunday, May 29, at its outdoor worship center.

Travis Grimler is a staff writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal weekly newspaper in Pequot Lakes/Pine River. He may be reached at 218-855-5853 or travis.grimler@pineandlakes.com.

Megan Buffington, Echo Journal intern, may be reached at 218-855-5854 or  megan.buffington@pineandlakes.com . She is a 2021 Pequot Lakes High School graduate who attends the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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