River Falls Post 121 American Legion Commander Ed Miller, a Korean War veteran, says Memorial Day is a once-a-year opportunity for citizens: "This is something we can all do to honor all those who have served their country," he said. "By showing up and participating on Memorial Day, you are doing just that.
"From my perspective, it's always been a privilege to recognize those service veterans who have stepped forward and made sacrifices for the rest of us."
This Monday on Memorial Day the recognition for veterans begins at 9:30 a.m. with a parade at Legion Hall, 701 N. Main St.
The procession -- made up of Color and Honor guards, Legion (motorcycle) Riders, the River Falls High School Marching Band and Boy Scouts -- will go south on North Main Street to Division Street before turning east until reaching Greenwood Cemetery.
Along that route, Miller said the parade can grow.
"Anybody who would like to join in can march right along," he said. "Those who join will feel like they're a part of the event, even if it's only for a block or so. Probably the best way to join the parade is by coming on toward the rear of the procession."
The Memorial Day Program at Greenwood Cemetery starts at 10 a.m. Miller said World War II and Korean War vets are invited to sit in folding chairs set up on the lawn.
The ceremony is held at the Veterans Memorial monument at the entrance to the cemetery. Spectators spread out just inside the fence facing the raised Memorial.
Brief service ceremonies with a 21-gun salute by the Honor Guard will also be held bright and early Monday at these area cemeteries: Kinnickinnic, 7 a.m.; Mann Valley, 7:20 a.m.; Glass Valley, 8 a.m.; Cherma, 8:30 a.m.; and St. Bridget, 9 a.m.
For more on this story, please see the May 23 print edition of the River Falls Journal.