WEB EXTRA: Memorial Day Weekend Guide

Updated: 05/27/2014 12:33 PM
Created: 05/19/2014 9:16 AM
By: Jennie Olson

Memorial Day weekend is here, and thousands of Minnesotans will be hitting the lakes and rivers with family and friends. We've compiled your Memorial Day Weekend Guide:

AAA Weekend Travel Forecast

Major Traffic Impacts

Memorial Day Observances

Blue Star Museums Program: Free Admission to Soldiers and Families

DNR Boat and Water Safety Tips

Boat and Water Accident Statistics

The Minnesota Boating Guide

Invasive Species Laws and Fines

Lakefinder Website

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Sunscreen Recommendations

Memorial Day Freebies

Memorial Day Ceremonies:

Anoka: 10 a.m. Monday at Forest Hill Cemetery, West Main Street and U.S. 10. Guest speaker Brig. Gen. Neal Loidolt, 34th Infantry Division Commander of the U.S. Army National Guard.

Apple Valley: 11 a.m. Monday at Veteran's Park, 14521 Granada Drive. If it rains, the ceremony will be inside the American Legion. Guest speaker retired U.S. Air Force Col. James Goodman, who flew 190 combat missions in the Vietnam War. Bring a lawn chair.

Bayport: American Legion parade beginning at 8:30 a.m. Monday at Minnesota 95 and Central Avenue and proceeding north on Minnesota 95, west on Seventh Avenue, south on Fifth Street and west on Fifth Avenue to Hazelwood Cemetery.

There is also a parade, which begins on Highway 95, between Central Avenue and firstst Avenue North and proceeds through the city to the cemetery. Line up starts at 8 a.m.

Cottage Grove: 1 p.m. Monday at City Hall, 12800 Ravine Parkway S., with guest speaker U.S. Sen. Al Franken. Hosted by the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon committee.

Fergus Falls: The Memorial Day program starts at 2 p.m. The guest speaker will be Paul Anderson, a Resident at the Fergus Falls Home. The Fergus Falls Home Honor Guard along with the American Legion Post 30 and the VFW Post 612 will provide Color Guard and Rifle Volley services. The VFW 612 Ladies Drill Team will lead the honorary walk to the Memorial Wall and at the conclusion of the event there will be a Warbird Flyby in honor of all Veterans. 1821 North Park Street, Fergus Falls, MN 56537

Fort Snelling National Cemetery: 10 a.m. Monday, with musical prelude beginning at 9:30 a.m. Guest speaker Jim Moffett, 1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry. Guests are expected to include Gov. Mark Dayton and U.S. Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar.

Hastings: The Memorial Day Observance will start at 9 a.m. at the flag pole outside of the Hastings Veterans Home followed by a 10 a.m. program at Roadside Park. There will be multiple stops through the town and honors will be performed by VFW Post 1210 and American Legion Post 47 of Hastings. 1200 East 18th Street, Hastings, MN 55033

Historic Fort Snelling: Opening weekend for 2014 includes special events from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Monday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. On Monday, events will include a living timeline of military life and large-scale military demonstrations. Admission $6-$11, free for veterans on Monday.

Lakewood Cemetery: Hennepin Ave. and 36th St., Minneapolis. 10:30 a.m. near the Soldiers Memorial monument. This year’s ceremony will honor the 100th anniversary of World War I. It will include: a Gospel quartet led by Robert Robinson, keynote address by Douglas P. Bekke, curator of the Minnesota Military Museum and World War I historian, and the Minneapolis Police Band.

Mahtomedi: American Legion Parade beginning at 9 a.m. Monday at Mahtomedi High School, down Stillwater Road to Triangle Park. A ceremony will be held at the park.

Maplewood: 10 a.m. Monday at Union Cemetery, 2505 E. Minnehaha Ave. Patriotic address by Gary Stucci, Vietnam veteran. Guest speaker the Rev. William Baer of Transfiguration Catholic Church, Oakdale. Attendees may submit names of the recently deceased for a People's Wreath.

Mendota Heights: 10 a.m. Monday at Resurrection Cemetery, 2101 S. Lexington Ave. Mass and address by the Rev. Harry Flynn, archbishop emeritus of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Mendota Heights: 10 a.m. Monday at Acacia Park Cemetery, 2151 Pilot Knob Road. Main address by Col. Daniel Gabrielli, operations group commander at the 133rd Airlift Wing, Air National Guard.

Minneapolis: The Memorial Day program, sponsored by the 5th District American Legion, will begin at 2 p.m. in the Atrium of Building 19. The guest speaker will be MDVA Commissioner Larry Shellito.  Prelude music provided by the Minnesota Police Pipe Band. 5101 Minnehaha Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55417

Minneapolis: 2 p.m. Monday in Building 19 of the Minnesota Veterans Home, 5101 Minnehaha Ave. S. Guest speaker retired Major Gen. Larry Shellito, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs. Music by the Minnesota Police Pipe Band. Fort Snelling National Cemetery gets readied for Memorial Day.

North St. Paul-Mahtomedi: 9 a.m. at St. Mary's Cemetery, Helen and Lydia Streets, North St. Paul, with Mass led by the Rev. Bill Deziel; 10 a.m. at Lakeview Cemetery, 3400 Century Ave. N., Mahtomedi, with guest speaker Larry Ryan of American Legion Post 39 in North St. Paul; 11 a.m. at Evergreen Memorial Gardens, adjacent to Lakeview in Mahtomedi.

Richfield: Honoring All Veterans Memorial, Inc. invites the public to pay tribute to our United States Military Veterans on Monday, May 26, 2 p.m., at the Memorial Site, 6429 Portland Ave.

Roseville: 11 a.m. Monday at the Temple of Aaron Cemetery, Dale Street and Larpenteur Avenue. Service led by Rabbi Rev. Alan Shavit-Lonstein and Joshua Fineblum.

Silver Bay: The program will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Silver Bay Veterans Home. The guest speaker will be Joshua Hull, an Iraq War Veteran. The William Kelley High School Band and Concert Choir will be participating in the event, as well the American Heritage Girls, and the Minnesota Patriot Guard. 45 Banks Boulevard Silver Bay, MN 55614

St. Paul: 9 a.m. Monday at Elmhurst Cemetery, Dale Street and Larpenteur Avenue. Speech by Lee Bojarski, Army National Guard veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq.

10 a.m. Monday at Oakland Cemetery, 927 Jackson St. Speaker is Janice Rettman, Ramsey County Commissioner.

10 a.m. Monday at Riverview Cemetery, 340 E. Annapolis St. Address by John Zanmiller, mayor of West St. Paul. Music and readings by students from St. Croix Lutheran High School.

11 a.m. Monday at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, 1800 Edgerton St. Address by Master Sgt. Michael Landers. Lunch following program at Arcade-Phalen American Legion Post 577, 1129 Arcade St.

South St. Paul: Parade beginning at 9:30 a.m. Monday at Sixth and Marie avenues, east to Fifth Avenue, then south to Southview Boulevard and ending at Oak Hill Cemetery, 15th Avenue North and Marie Avenue. Memorial service at 10:15 a.m. at the cemetery. Keynote address by Susan Pugh, a Blue Star mother.

State Capitol Grounds: 9:30 a.m. Monday by Veterans for Peace at the Minnesota Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Reading of names, speaker, song, poetry.

1 p.m. Monday at the Korean War Veterans Memorial. Guest speaker Maj. Gen. George J. Steiner, U.S. Army Retired.

3 p.m. Monday at the Minnesota Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Guest speaker Bill Popp of Popp Industries.

Stillwater: 11 a.m. Monday, Stillwater Veterans Memorial at Third and Pine streets. World War II veterans Bob Clemens and Vince Parker are the featured speakers.This marks the 10th anniversary of the Stillwater Veterans Memorial, constructed with private donations and dedicated on Memorial Day 2004.

Woodbury: 11 a.m. Monday at the City Hall Campus, Valley Creek Road and Radio Drive. Address by Herbert Suerth Jr., former Private 1st Class in Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, the unit depicted in the book and television miniseries "Band of Brothers."

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