Memorial Day Salute
Minneota’s Memorial Day Service at 8:15 p.m. Monday, May 28 will take on a special significance this year.
While it will start at the Minneota American Legion Post and re-convene at the Veteran’s Park on Main Street, the highlight will be the dedication of the new Veteran’s Park and the lighting of the, “Light the Lights” salute to Minneota Area veterans.
On hand as special speaker will be Col. Scott St. Sauver. He’s the former Garrison Commander of Camp Ripley located in Little Falls, Minnesota and Commander of the Training Support Unit that is responsible for the day to day operations of the 53,000 acre State of Minnesota owned training facility.
Col. (retired) St. Sauver began his career by enlisting in the South Dakota Army National Guard in 1980.
While enlisted he served as a Cannoneer in the 2-147th Field Artillery and later as a Gunner in the 1-49th Field Artillery.
In 1988, Col.(ret.) St. Sauver attended the Wyoming Officer Candidate School and earned his commission as a Field Artillery Officer.
He’s held numerous positions as a Field Artillery Officer including: Forward Observer, Fire Direction Officer, Battery Executive Officer, Battery Commander, Targeting Analyst and Assistant Battalion S3 with the 2nd Battalion, 147th Field Artillery.
He has also served as the Tactical Intelligence Officer with the 147th Field Artillery Brigade.
Musical selections, presentations and a tribute to veterans of all wars by Commander James Fink will also be held. Outside, the dedication and light of the lights will highlight the event.
Taunton Memorial Day
The program begins at 9 a.m. at the Taunton Senior Center with presentation of colors and National Anthem. Royal Hettling will bring the welcome with Deacon Bruce Bot the invocation.
“In Flanders Field” will be done by Mariah Hennen and “The Gettysburg Address” by Noel Swedzinski.
Rob Hopper, South Dakota Senior National guard, of Hendricks, will present the message. Music by The Swedes followed by a tribute to all veterans and Reading of Names by Terry Schreiber.
The service will move to the Taunton Cemetery followed by a return to the Senior Center for a brunch.