Everyone is encouraged to attend the Memorial Day programs in Milbank on Monday, May 29. The holiday begins with Mass at the St. Lawrence Cemetery at 8 a.m. The memorial wreaths will be posted at 9 a.m. at the cemetery. Father Gary DeRouchey will address the group, and an all-unit firing squad will perform a Salute to the Dead.
The service at the Milbank City Cemetery begins at 10 a.m. The colors will be posted by Birch-Miller Post 9 American Legion and Auxiliary, Grant County VFW Post 3486 and Auxiliary, the 740th Transportation Company, the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 19, and the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1054. Commander Noel Cummins will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Denny Brenden, national executive committeeman and past department commander and department adjutant, will be the speaker. Memorial wreaths will be posted the aforementioned military organizations, and an all-unit firing squad will perform a Salute to the Dead.
Milbank Middle School eighth-grade band members and members of the MHS band will play ‘The Star-Spangled Banner” and other patriotic pieces. “Taps” will be performed by Caitlyn Frerichs, Jenna Kortjens, Liam Street, and Sam Wilson before the colors are retired.
In the case of inclement weather, the Memorial Day services will be held in the Milbank High School Armory.