Representatives of the Rice County Central Veterans Association will be on AM Minnesota this morning to outline observances on Memorial Day in Faribault.  The program begins 9:30 a.m.  Memorial Day ceremonies have been held in Faribault since 1869 so next year will be the 150th consecutive year of a event commemorating Memorial Day.

I am asked every year who the guest speaker is and there has not been a guest speaker for many years.  The Rice County Central Veterans Association organizes Memorial Day and Veterans Day happenings in Faribault.  The Rice County Central Veterans Association is comprised of all veterans groups in RIce County.  They include:

  • American Legion Post 43 and Auxiliary Unit 43
  • Sons of the American Legion Squadron 43
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1562
  • Disabled American Veterans Chapter 20 and Auxiliary
  • 40/8 Voiture #1324-Rice County
  • Cannon Valley Chapter Marine Corps League
  • Seabees- Rice County
  • Minnesota Army National Guard-Faribault
  • RIce County Veterans Service Office

A very poignant service is held at 9:00 a.m. on the north lawn of the Rice County Courthouse in Faribault where there will be the laying of a wreath and flag raising ceremony.  This event usually lasts 15 to 20 minutes.

The Memorial Day Parade begins 10:00 a.m. at the south end of Central Avenue goes north to 6th Street NW and then west to Central Park where a program is held in the band shell beginning approximately 15 minutes after the conclusion of the parade.

The Grand Marshall of this year's parade is Vicki McDowell, Honorary Grand Marshall is Myles McDowell and Honored Combat Veteran is Gerald Lemieux.

KDHL Radio 920 AM will be broadcasting the program in Central Park for those who can't make it to the event beginning just before the start of the program.  Tune in about 10:40 a.m. and you should be able to listen to the entire program.

U.S. Flag Along Central Avenue in Faribault, Mn. photo by Gordy Kosfeld