VFW Post 2962, 124 Chestnut Ave.., Carlton, will leave the club at 7 a.m. Monday, May 31, and stop at:

7:30 a.m. Eagle River

7:55 a.m. Cromwell

8:35 a.m. Atkinson

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9:15 a.m. Elim Lutheran

9:45 a.m. Oak Lake

10:10 a.m. Nickerson

10:55 a.m. St. John's

11:15 a.m. Carlton

11:50 a.m. Flag raising at the post.


Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3979 and Auxiliary, American Legion Post 262 and Auxiliary, Disable American Veterans Chapter 18 and Auxiliary, American Ex-Prisoners of War and Fond du Lac Honor Guard, will meet at the VFW, 210 Arch St., Cloquet. Bus departs at 7:30 a.m. Monday, May 31, and stops at:

8:15 a.m. Highway 210, Sawyer

8:30 a.m. St. Mary and Joseph, Sawyer

8:45 a.m. Holy Family Mission

9:15 a.m. Maple Grove

9:30 a.m. New Calvary

9:50 a.m. Hill between old cemeteries, above Pinehurst Park

Short stop at VFW for 15 minute break

10:20 a.m. Apostolic Church, Esko

10:45 a.m. St. Mathew's, North Cloquet Road

11:05 a.m. Pine River, North Highway 33

11:30 a.m. Veterans Park


The Northland Vietnam Veterans Association ceremony will be held on traditional Memorial Day, Sunday, May 30, at 3 p.m. at the Northland Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the Lakewalk. Presiding Officer of the ceremony is Dwight Nelson, a past President and designer of the Northland Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Featured speaker is Brad Bennett, Sergeant, U.M.S.C., wounded in Vietnam, host of Sound Off on KDAL radio. Also speaking is Congressman Pete Stauber. The Blessings will be given by Father John Petrich, President of the St. Louis County Law Enforcement Chaplaincy (SLCLEC); the bag piper is Kerry Welsh; Color Guard is the Northland Vietnam Veterans Color Guard, Don McCormick, Captain. Military Honors to our fallen will be given by the Duluth Honor Guard, John Marshal, Captain. Northland Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation Scholarship announcements made by Bradley Bennett.

Zenith City American Legion Post 28 Memorial Day service, 8:30 a.m. Monday May 31, at Park Hill Cemetery, 2500 Vermilion Road.

Grandmothers for Peace and Veterans for Peace host "Costs of War Walk," 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, May 31, on the Lakewalk between Marine Museum and Endion Station. This informal gathering features no program or speakers. They will share posters and handouts about all the costs of war. Bring a peace related sign, a bag lunch, folding chair and hang out for peace. Theme: A Memorial Day Remembrance of all the sacrifices made and all the victims of war.

Duluth Women of Today Memorial Day Parade, 12:30 p.m. Monday, May 31, in West Duluth. Parade units line up on 59th Avenue West between Raleigh Street and Grand Avenue beginning at 10:30 a.m. The parade begins at approximately 12:30 p.m. The parade route runs east on Grand Avenue from 59th Avenue West to Central Avenue, then south on Central Avenue to Ramsey Street, and east on Ramsey Street where it disbands. Go to


Memorial Day service, sponsored by the VFW Post 2717, American Legion Post 248 and American Legion Auxiliary, 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 31, at the Ely Cemetery. Speaker David Merhar, Colonel (Ret), U. S. Army. The Bob Niskala Family, accompanied by the Ely Area Scouts and American Legion Auxiliary will place a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The service will broadcast on 94.5 FM, WELY.

Knife River

Dedication of community flagpole, 1 p.m., outside the Knife River Heritage and Cultural Center, 180 Marina Road. The flagpole is being given to the Knife River community by the Albert Wieme family in honor of family members, including a brother who served in the Marines. The Anderson-Claffy American Legion Post 109 from Two Harbors will conduct the ceremony.


Annual Proctor Memorial Day observance and program, sponsored by the Proctor American Legion Post 106, 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 31, outside of the Proctor Community Center, 100 Pionk Drive. Keynote speaker: Senior Airman Kristin Swanstrom (PHS 2017), who was selected as the 148th Fighter Wing's Outstanding Airman of the Year. Kris Brenna Lyons, whose cousin Seaman Sterling (Sting) Bird (PHS 1942) was lost at sea 77 years ago and received military honors last fall on the 100thanniversary of his birth, will share her thoughts on the importance of the day.

The schedule includes:

  • Proctor Boy Scout Troop 84 – Pledge of Allegiance
  • Invocation Pastor Steven Elder, Community of Christ Church
  • Josh Larson will sing the National Anthem
  • Mayor Chad Ward will give the welcome
  • Proctor American Legion Honor Guard Salutes the Departed
  • Taps, Carl Provost Jr.
  • Proctor’s Community Band
  • Benediction
  • Master of Ceremony Jake Benson

There will be selected music by Kerry Welsh on bagpipes and the St. Rose Men’s Club will provide their donuts following the program.

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

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


American Legion Post 435, Superior, hosts a Memorial Day ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 31, at Greenwood Cemetery (Veterans' Circle), 8402 Tower Ave., Superior. Harbor Master singers perform at 10:15 a.m. Ceremony includes: American Legion Post 425 and TREA Chapter 119 Honor Guard presentation; emcee, Eual Moore, American Legion Post 425 Commander; a presentation of wreaths by local organizations; and speaker Dustin Heckman, Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center Director. This will be followed by a flag raising ceremony at noon at the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center, 305 Harbor View Parkway in Superior.


Bong-Hofstedt American Legion Post 409 will host ceremonies at eight Douglas County cemeteries on Memorial Day, May 31. Post members will arrive, conduct the ceremony and depart immediately due to the distance between cemeteries. The events will occur rain or shine at the following times and locations:

9 a.m. Lakeside Cemetery

9:30 a.m. Maple Cemetery

10 a.m. Blueberry Cemetery

10:30 a.m. Brule Cemetery

11 a.m. Highland Cemetery

11:30 a.m. Lake Nebagamon Cemetery

Noon Hawthorne Cemetery

12:30 Poplar Cemetery


Lockman-Jensen American Legion Post 499 will hold Memorial Day ceremonies at a number of cemeteries in southern Douglas County. This year, the legion will not host any events at local schools or the town hall. The public is invited to attend the following ceremonies on May 31:

9 a.m. Wascott Cemetery

9:30 a.m. Gordon Cemetery

10 a.m. Bennett Lutheran Cemetery

10:15 a.m. Bennett Cemetery

10:45 a.m. Solon Springs Evergreen Cemetery

11 a.m. Solon Springs Catholic Cemetery