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2012 Memorial Day Photo Album
2013 Memorial Day article at the Brainerd Dispatch
2013 Memorial Day Photo Album
Each year, as part of a decades-long tradition, Evergreen Cemetery hosts a Memorial Day ceremony honoring the fallen - those who gave their lives in service to this country.
U.S. flags (see below) are placed throughout Evergreen and Memorial Gardens cemeteries by volunteers from the veterans service organizations. The flags remain in place for the three-day weekend. On Memorial Day, more large flags are installed for the day in the flag holders on the fence near the speakers stand where the ceremony is held.
The Memorial Day events begin with the tossing of a wreath into the Mississippi at the Laurel Street bridge. Then it's on to the All Veterans Memorial at the Crow Wing County Historic Court House where a wreath is placed in honor of all Armed Forces veterans.
At the Bataan Memorial near the National Guard Armory, a ceremony honors the veterans of the Bataan Death March.
And finally, the Memorial Day Parade proceeds to Evergreen Cemetery where a ceremony to honor the fallen takes place.
The large flags at Evergreen and Memorial Gardens cemeteries are
provided by local veterans service organizations in Crow Wing County.
Pictured is Cal White, with the American Legion Color Guard flag. The Color Guard provided funding for the four flag signs located at the two cemeteries.
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