Proctor honor guard to observe Memorial Day a little differently this year

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People attending the 2019 Memorial Day ceremony at the Gary-New Duluth Veterans Memorial stand while Army National Guard SPC Brady Baird (from left), PFC William Regner, and SPC Ali Maamouu raise new American and POW/MIA flags. (File/News Tribune)

During its 100th year anniversary, Proctor’s American Legion Post 106 Honor Guard plans to honor those who died while serving in the U.S. military a little differently this Memorial Day due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

While adhering to Gov. Tim Walz's directives, the honor guard still plans to conduct ceremonies in area cemeteries while limiting groups to less than 10 and keeping a 6-foot distance from each other, a news release read.

Proctor Legion Commander Jim Kemick encouraged people to stay home while remembering the importance of Memorial Day.

“We encourage everyone to continue giving special recognition and remembrance of those who have served to preserve and protect our freedom," Kemick said. “Stay home, stay safe and remember why we celebrate Memorial Day.”

Traditionally, Proctor Community Band, members of the High School Choir, keynote speakers and more join the honor guard in its observance of Memorial Day, drawing hundreds. This year, that will not be the case.

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