Northfield Legion Observes Memorial Day.

By Lori Johnson

The day started out with rain on Sunday May 29th, making folks wonder if the Memorial Day remembrances would be able to be held outside. But as the time grew near, the raindrops stopped and it was a go for the members of the Thomas and Leonard Johnson Legion Post 541 of Northfield and its Auxiliary to hold this year’s ceremonies at the Pigeon Creek Cemetery, established in 1877.

Starting off was the Pledge of Allegiance, singing the Star Spangled Banner and a prayer led by Chaplain Rolfe Nelson. Emcee was Commander Ron Larson.

A very moving tradition is reading the names of all the veterans who are buried in Pigeon Creek, Upper Pigeon Creek and Northfield Cemeteries. Auxiliary members placed wreathes on the crosses set up to represent each cemetery as each of the fallen members was named. The gun salute was fired and the ceremony ended with the playing of Taps!

Afterwards, everyone was invited back to the Legion Hall for a lunch put on by the Post and Auxiliary, (the ladies are known for their good cooking). And as if the heavens knew that the ceremony was over and every one had paid their respects, the rains started again!


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