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Farmington will hold three Memorial Day ceremonies

Farmington Boy Scouts saluted as the American flag passed by during the 2013 Memorial Day ceremony at Corinthian Cemetery. This year's Memorial Day ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Lineup is at the Tamarck Ridge mall parking lot at 9:30 a.m.

This week is one of the busiest, and one of the most important, to local veterans groups, as both the Farmington American Legion and Farmington Veterans of Foreign Wars are preparing for Memorial Day.

It is a week of planning for three short, but important local ceremonies — a task VFW Commander Ron Ersfeld takes very seriously.

The tradition of honoring the military deceased has been part of the Farmington community for more than a century. It is a day to remember those who died in combat, and to remember those veterans who have passed away after serving their country.

“It’s the most sacred day there is for the military, to honor our dead,” Ersfeld said.

Two ceremonies will be held on Sunday, May 25. The first ceremony will be at the Farmington Lutheran Church cemetery in Castle Rock, starting at noon. The other will be at Castle Rock Valley Cemetery, beginning at 2 p.m.

Marchers from the American Legion and VFW families are invited to help carry flags and march in both ceremonies. The groups will gather at the Farmington VFW, 421 Third St., approximately one hour prior to each ceremony.

Monday’s Memorial Day ceremony at Corinthian Cemetery will begin at 10 a.m. Again, marchers are sought from both the VFW and the American Legion and their affiliated groups. Lineup will be on 208th Street.

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 189 and VFW Ladies Auxiliary Unit 7662 will meet at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 22, at the VFW, to make poppy wreaths to place on the graves of Farmington’s deceased veterans. Members of both organizations are invited to participate. The wreaths are made from the American Legion Auxiliary’s memorial poppy and the VFW’s Buddy Poppy.

Ersfeld is also looking for veterans to help put up the memorial markers at the graves of the deceased. That group will be at Corinthian Cemetery on Thursday morning.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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