Memorial Day programs planned for Pipestone County


Several memorials Daytime programs are scheduled in Pipestone County on May 30th. Below is an overview of when and where the programs will take place and what they will include.

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A Memorial Day program will be held on Monday, May 30 at 10 a.m. at New Woodlawn Cemetery, Pipestone.

Lt. Col. Brian Douty will be the keynote speaker. Douty graduated from Pipestone-Jasper High School in 1998 and the University of Minnesota in 2002. He lives in Rosemount and works for the Minnesota Department of Veteran Affairs. He is the Battalion Commander of the 1st Battalion, 151st Field Artillery based in Montevideo.

Douty previously served as Assistant Veteran’s Service Officer (VSO) in Carver County and VSO in Pipestone County, commander of A Battery’s Pipestone Unit, 1, and Minnesota National Guard liaison officer to the Washington, DC National Guard Office

Douty was deployed four times: in Kosovo from 2003–2004, in Iraq from 2005–2007, and in Kuwait from 2011–2012 and 2018–2019. He has received a Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, NATO Service Medal, and Iraqi Campaign Medal.

He has been married to his wife Shelley for 10 years.

Marty Wallin will be the program’s master of ceremonies and Pastor Dan DeBlock of the First Lutheran Church will provide the invocation and blessing. The Pipestone Area Schools (PAS) High School Band performs “American the Beautiful.” “The Star Spangled Banner” and “America,” and Owen Minet will play the bugle. Local veteran service organizations will post and retire the colors; American Legion Post 6 will lay the wreath; A battery, 1st Battalion 125th Field Artillery Minnesota Army National Guard will provide the rifle salute; and Michael-Boock Post 6 Commander Brad Carson will deliver closing remarks.

The program is presented by American Legion Post 6, the American Legion Auxiliary and the Sons of the American Legion. In the event of rain, the program will take place at the American Legion.


A Memorial Day program will be held on Monday, May 30 at 10 am at Southwest Christian High School in Edgerton.

Major General Gerald Lang will deliver the Memorial Day address. Lang was born in Milaca and graduated from high school. He enlisted in the Army in 1971 and completed basic training at Fort Dix, NJ. In 1976 he was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant. Lang has commanded at the company, battalion, and brigade levels.

In 2003 he was deployed abroad as Deputy Commander of Multi-National Brigade North, Bosnia-Herzegovina. In 2009 he was deployed to Iraq as Deputy Commander of the 34th Infantry Division where they assumed command and control of 18,000 troops and all combat operations in nine of Iraq’s 18 provinces in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Upon returning from Iraq, he served as the Deputy Adjutant General for the Minnesota Army National Guard.

Some of his military awards include Army Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and NATO Article 5 Medal.

His most recent Army deployment was from 2012 to 2015 when he served as the Deputy Commanding General for the US Army Material Command, which is headquartered at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama. Lang retired in 2015 after 43 years of military service.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in strategic management. He has been with Knife River for over 40 years and has held numerous leadership positions. Lang and his wife Ingrid live in Sauk Rapids and have two adult daughters, Linnea and Erika.

American Legion Post Commander Dick Ruiter will welcome the program, Annika Dyk will sing “The Star Spangled Banner,” Post Chaplain Cal Groen will offer a prayer, Kathryn Prins will read the “Gettysburg Address,” there will be a Memorial Day greeting video , cadets will lay wreaths, Sophie Schoolmeester will read the names of those who have died, the American Legion Firing Squad will fire volleys and Vivian Dyk will play “Taps”.


A Memorial Day program will be held in Jasper on Monday, May 30 at 10 am at the Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELC) in Jasper.

The program’s keynote speaker will be Jim Erickson from Brandon. Erickson grew up in Jasper and graduated from Jasper High School. He is very active in lay ministry.

The program will include brief background on Memorial Day and the importance of the poppy, presented by members of the Jasper Jolly Juniors 4-H Club, music by Barb Westerbur and Jason Madtson, and a tribute to veteran carers.

Weather permitting, the church program will be followed by a service conducted by Oscar Iverson Post 133 at Jasper City Cemetery, with “Taps” played by Paul Prunty of Pipestone.

Morning activities will conclude with an American Legion Auxiliary-sponsored lunch in the Jasper ELC Community Hall from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., attended by area veterans.


A memorial service will be held in Holland on Monday 30 May at 10am at Holland Cemetery. People can gather at the Veterans Memorial in town at 9:30 am and go to the cemetery if they wish.

Vice Commander John Sullivan will provide the welcome, Adjutant Ron Moffitt will lead the prayer and Ken Winsel will be the master of ceremonies. Harper Winsel reads “In Flanders Fields”, Lily Wiering reads “America’s Answer”, the audience sings “America” ​​and “The Star Spangled Banner”. Lorna Beyers performs the wreath service.

Rev. Stephen Wynja will provide the address, the American Legion Firing Squad will transmit the gun salute, and Commander Earl DeWilde will make closing remarks. The program ends with the playing of “Taps”.

All are invited to the Holland Senior Center for coffee and bars after the program.

In the event of rain, the program will take place in the Holland Fire Hall.

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The American Legion will pay tribute to Herbert Holtke Post 285 on Monday, May 30 at 9:45 a.m. at Woodstock Catholic Cemetery and 10 a.m. at Woodstock Cemetery.

The Post will also pay tributes at Ellsborough Lutheran Cemetery north of Lake Wilson at 9am, Lutheran Cemetery north of Lake Wilson at 9:15am and Hillside Cemetery at Lake Wilson at 10:30am

There will be a Memorial Day program at 11:00 am at Lake Wilson Legion Hall. Commander Willis Grimmius will give the salutation, the American Legion and Auxiliary will raise and lower the flags, “The Star Spangled Banner” will be sung, the audience will say the Pledge of Allegiance, Pastor Harlan Kaden will give the invocation and blessing, Owen Vogel will give a reading and Mark Carlson will give the Memorial Day address. There will be veteran recognition, there will be taps, and there will be a recession.


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