These are five of my favorite photos of the Memorial Day ceremony at the Northfield Area Veterans Memorial on Monday.
See the large slideshow (recommended) of all 70 photos, or SLOW CLICK this small slideshow:
Among the speakers on Monday for the Memorial Day ceremony at the Northfield Area Veterans Memorial: VFW Post 4393 member Ken Grism, Bethel Lutheran Pastor Timothy McDermott, Retired Army Major John Fleming, Rice County Commissioner Galen Malecha, Northfield American Legion Commander Ray Ozman, and VFW Post 4393 Commander Bill Murphy.
Among my favorite photos:
It irritates me that, year after year, the only detailed information about the 9 am Memorial Day ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park is via a big paid advertisement in the print edition of Northfield News. Nothing online, that I can find:
Why the dearth of information online? Is there some sort of exclusive arrangement that the vets organizations have with the Northfield News? It’s maddening.
(To see a large version of the print ad, right-click on the image and open in a new tab/window or view it here.)
Rob Hardy has a summary of the Memorial Day proceedings in this Northfield.org blog post, including the names of area veterans who died in the past year.
Left: a photo from last year’s ceremony: Pam Peterson with a Boy Scout and Girl Scout. The Scouts do the ‘placing of the flowers.’ Right: the thumbnail of my photo of the Veterans ceremony ad in the Northfield News for details. Click it once to enlarge, then click the green arrow to enlarge further.
See my Memorial Day ceremony photo albums from 2009 (here and here), 2008, and 2007 as well as the dedication of the Northfield Area Veterans Memorial in November of 2005. And see the Veterans commemorative plaque and flag pole at Old Memorial Park.
Instead of taking photos of Northfield area Boy Scouts (Troop 313) and Girls Scouts putting red carnations at the markers for the Last Roll Call (honoring area veterans who died in the past 12 months), this year I took photos of them preparing to make the walk, assisted by American Legion Auxiliary’s Pam Peterson. The solemnity with which they carried out their task was impressive. (These photos are included in the larger Memorial Day photo album but I thought I’d excerpt them here for emphasis.)
It’s not listed on the Northfield.org calendar or blog, nor on the Northfield Area Veterans website, nor on the Northfield Chamber of Commerce calendar, nor via a search of the Northfield News website, nor is there a poster or flyer of any kind on the windows of either the VFW Post on Division nor the Eagles / American Legion Club on Water.
But today’s Memorial Day tribute is at 9 am in Veteran’s Memorial Park, at the south end of Riverside Park.
I eventually found the time on page 2 of the print edition Saturday’s Nfld News, in the calendar of events sidebar. It’s incorrectly listed as 8 am in the newspaper’s online calendar of events for May 26.
Why is there no promotion of this event?
See the album of 71 photos from 2007 or this slideshow:
Udpate 3 pm: Below are photos of the two pages from Saturday’s Northfield News containing information about today’s ceremony: