Medal of Honor recipient Clint Romesha will be the speaker at this year's Memorial Day program in Minot on Monday.
The program will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Veterans Section in Rosehill Memorial Park.
Romesha, a former Army staff sergeant, received the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military decoration, in February 2013 from President Barack Obama in a ceremony at the White House.
This monument in the Veterans Section in Rosehill Memorial Park has an inscription honoring those military members who gave their lives in wartimes.
The award recognizes Romesha for his courageous actions in a deadly battle at Outpost Keating, a remote combat post in Afghanistan, in 2009. Under an intense attack by an estimated 300 enemy fighters, Romesha, who was section leader, led a fierce, day-long battle against the enemy and secured the battlefield. Romesha had continued to fight although he had suffered injuries. Eight soldiers died in the Oct. 3, 2009, battle.
After leaving the Army in 2011, Romesha moved to North Dakota to work as a field safety specialist for an oil-field construction company. He lives in Minot.
Wayne Paulson, junior vice commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Department of North Dakota, will serve as master of ceremonies for the Minot Memorial Day program.
The program will include Pastor Scott Mehlhoff of Southside Nazarene Church in Minot, members of Minot veterans' organizations and auxiliaries, Minot Air Force Base Honor Guard and Our Redeemer's Church's women's ensemble. Steve Veikley will play "Taps."
The Strewing of the Flowers, a ceremony symbolic and in remembrance of the soldiers and sailors lost at sea, will be held Monday at 8 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Walkway (formerly the Eighth Street Northwest Bridge) in Minot. Minot American Legion Auxiliary members will strew rose petals. Along with the rose petals, this year the Legion Post has permission from the city to dispose of the ashes from a flag-retiring ceremony held in Minot in March.
This year's Memorial Day program is being arranged by the local VFW and auxiliary.
Memorial Day breakfast
American Legion Boy Scout Troop #437 will be hosting a Memorial Day pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. in the American Legion Club at 1949 N. Broadway. A freewill donation will be taken at the door. The breakfast is open to the public.
American Legion Post #26 has been holding special Memorial Day veterans programs at various senior living facilities in Minot.
Area Memorial Day
programs on Monday
KONGSBERG, RUSO, KIEF, BUTTE AND STRAWBERRY LAKE The Lawrence E. Meidl American Legion Post 270 at Butte begins observances with cemetery ceremonies at Kongsberg, Ruso, Kief and Balfour at 8, 8:20, 9:30 and 10 a.m., respectively.
A lakeside ceremony will be held at Strawberry Lake at 8:45 a.m.
A program will begin at 11 a.m. in the Butte Legion Hall, with guest speaker Pastor Tim Mantei. The program concludes with the Butte Cemetery ceremony. Noon potluck dinner with freewill offering in the Legion Hall.
NEWBURG Memorial Day service begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Newburg Senior Center. Lunch will be served.
DRAKE The American Legion will hold a Memorial Day program at 10:30 a.m. in the Drake City Hall, with speaker Dr. Delvin Hansen of Harvey. Lunch will be served after the cemetery program.
GRANVILLE Memorial Day service at 11 a.m. in the TGU Granville gym.
SHERWOOD Flag service at U.S./Canadian border at 10:15 a.m.; Memorial Day program at school at 11 a.m., with speaker retired Brig. Gen. Murray Sagsveen, a native of Lansford; parade on Main Street at 12:15 p.m.; brief ceremony at Firemen's Memorial at 12:25 p.m.; ceremony at Sherwood Union Cemetery followed by lunch at Sherwood Memorial Hall.
Museum Memorial Day program
DEVILS LAKE The Lake Region Heritage Center in Devils Lake will be holding a special "Monday @ the Museum" on Memorial Day that takes a look at the role North Dakota played in the Vietnam War.
Jeff Stotts, presenter, will talk with Vietnam veterans in the special presentation.
History students from Devils Lake High School will also be putting together mini exhibits for the event.
The event will be in the center's courtroom on the second floor of the center in downtown Devils Lake. Student exhibits will start at 6 p.m., and the presentation will begin at 6:45 p.m.