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Memorial Day events planned around the area

St. Louis County Veterans' Service Director Richard Blakesley will deliver the Memorial Day address Monday at ceremonies to be held in Evergreen Memorial Park.

St. Louis County Veterans' Service Director Richard Blakesley will deliver the Memorial Day address Monday at ceremonies to be held in Evergreen Memorial Park.
The holiday to honor the nation's war dead will begin with the Duluth VFW Combined Honor Guard firing rifle salutes and sounding taps at Duluth area parks and cemeteries. Two squads will move around the city under the following schedule:
Squad 1 -- Park Hill, 8:30 a.m.; Forest Hill, 9 a.m.; Calvary, 9:45 a.m.; Polish, 10 a.m.; Sunrise, 10:45 a.m. and Maple Grove Jewish, 11:15 a.m.
Squad 2 -- Canal Park, 8 a.m.; Greenwood, 8:45 a.m.; Union, 9:30 a.m.; Bethany, 9:45 a.m.; Oneota, 11 a.m.
The largest ceremony of the morning will take place at the soldiers' plot in Oneota Cemetery at 11 a.m. Seann McGovern will sing, the Rev. Father John Petrich will lead those in attendance in prayer, Mayor Gary Doty will speak briefly on the holiday, emcee Jerome Blazevic will read the names of those veterans who have died during the past year, and the Post 71 Auxiliary of the West Duluth American Legion will place a wreath in remembrance.
Taps will be played by Michael Mainella and Nick Stratioti.
At 1 p.m., a 65-unit parade will turn off 59th Avenue West by the West Duluth Library and proceed northeast on Grand Avenue to Elinor Street, where it will turn right before disbanding in the West Duluth Menards parking lot. A number of bands will be playing including the Kracker Jacks of Sauk Rapids and the Little Green Band of Poplar, Wis.
Immediately after the parade, another ceremony will be held at Evergreen Memorial Park, at the corner of Grand and Central avenues across from the Holiday convenience store. Nick Stratioti and Braden Lindell will play several music selections, and the second honor guard squad will fire a rifle salute.
The final service of the weekend will be Tuesday at 5 p.m., when a ceremony will be held at the Northland Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the Lakewalk.
Blakesley is a U.S. Navy veteran. Serving from 1969 to 1973, he first served aboard the USS Gray (DE-1054), and then was a hospital corpsman at Camp Pendleton, Calif. In 1983, he became a medic with the medical squadron of the 148th Fighter Wing of the Air National Guard. He has achieved the rank of chief master sergeant.
He began working for the county Veterans Service Office in 1975, and became director in 1985.
Proctor
The Memorial Day Ceremony in Proctor will begin at the Soldiers Monument in front of the Proctor City Hall at 10 a.m. The Proctor Community Band, under the direction of Bruce Rapp, will begin playing at 9:45 a.m.
The Proctor ceremony will feature veteran Wayne Huliares, who dropped out of high school to fight in World War II. Huliares will receive his high school diploma with the Class of 2000.
Also being honored is Curtis Lind, who will receive the Purple Heart nearly 50 years after being wounded.
Jenna Zakrajsek will read her award-winning essay "How Should We Honor America's Veterans."
Robin Childs and Sarah Armstrong will perform an a cappella duet.
Proctor American Legion Post 106 member Jake Benson will emcee the event.
Following the City Hall program, the Proctor American Legion Honor Guard will visit six cemeteries as follows: Pine Hill, 11 a.m.; Augustana, 11:30 a.m.; Solway, 12 noon; Twig, 1:15 p.m.; Canosia-Pike Lake, 1:30 p.m. and Janzig-Hermantown, 1:45 p.m.
(For Memorial Day activities in Hermantown, see Page B3. For a story on the Veterans for Peace Northland chapter, see Page D9.)

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