Memorial Day, May 31, 2021

Memorial Day at Clear Lake All Veterans’ Memorial

Location of Clear Lake Veterans’ Memorial: Clear Lake Cemetery on Veterans’ Memorial Drive.

Time: 11 a.m.  Flags at half staff.

Master of Ceremonies: Mr. Gary Hanson

Veterans in Review: Master Sergeant Robert Cahow:  All veterans, in uniform or not, gather west of the Memorial and proudly advance for recognition.

National Anthem: CL High School Band.                                          

MIA/POW Ceremony: Black Sleeve.

Unknown Soldier: 100th Anniversary.

Invocation: Chaplain.

Proclamation:  May 31st, 2021 is the 22nd Anniversary of Clear Lake Area Veterans’ Memorial.  In 1996 Clear Lake area citizens committed themselves to build a Living Veterans’ Memorial. Countless volunteers and many thousand hours of selfless sacrifice by them, made this Living Memorial a possibility. Today, and forever, it stands as an active tribute of love by Clear Lake area citizens for those few who gave so much for our liberty.

With that in mind, today, May 31st, 2021, Clear Lake Area Veterans’ Memorial and all citizens of Clear Lake area, desire to honor our long forgotten Vietnam Veterans. For it was those valiant men and women who went to war, did their duty and were often scorned by many. However, time has healed the wounds from that war.

Today we pay our eternal gratitude for their sacrifice. 

A need for other Veterans’ Memorials:  Clayton student-Dillan Olson

Voice of Democracy Essay: Clear Lake student-Lukas Paulson

Good Deed Community Award by Legion 108 Auxiliary: An award presented by an Auxiliary member to a worthy citizen for selfless community contributions.

Musical Selection: Clear Lake High School Band.

Special Address by: Father Jim Brinkman 

Wreath Ceremony participants: All wreaths are presented to commemorate our fallen heroes. Other participants are welcome too.

Tolling Bell, Boots, Rifle and Fallen Comrades: Please stand. A Tolling Bell and Standing Soldier pay lasting respect to fallen comrades.

Clear Lake Color Guard:  Rifle salute…3 volleys commemorating a 21 gun salute.

Taps: ”Day is done, gone the sun, from the hills, from the lakes, from the skies, all is well, safely rest, God is nigh”.

Flags to Full Staff: Cub & Boy Scouts.

Pledge of Allegiance: All stand.

Benediction: Chaplain.

Carillon Dismissal: “Oh Beautiful for Spacious Skies…”

Retreat of the Colors: Color Guard will pass in review. Please stand.

Special Recognition: Clear Lake Color Guard and Clear Lake Veterans’ Memorial. Clear Lake Color Guard consists of American Legion Legion/VFW/SAL & Auxiliary members. These volunteers, in rain or shine  assist our community with military burial services for Veterans, lead parades, provide Veterans’ Day School Functions, visit 19 local cemeteries while putting out flags, offering prayers, laying flowers, playing taps and firing a rifle salute. Lastly, they help lead with Memorial Day services. Thank You, Color Guard!

The Clear Lake Veterans Memorial is the sole owner and maintains this Memorial 365 days a year at no cost to the taxpayers. All cost services here including flag replacement, printing costs at nursing homes, Memorial Day programs, scholarships to area students and other veteran needs are borne entirely by CL Veterans’ Memorial Inc.

Programs and Commemorative Pens are provided by: Clear Lake Veterans’ Memorial Inc.

Please Note: Some seating will be provided, but please bring a chair for personal comfort. Spacing and masks will be voluntary.

There will be no VFW dinner this year.

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