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Memorial Day program set

Memorial Day in Ely will include the traditional program at the cemetery.

The festivities begin at 10:30 a.m., with State Rep. Roger Skraba of Ely set to give the keynote address.

Ely native Steve Saari, a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force and commander of American Legion Post 248, will serve as master of ceremonies while the welcome and  roll call of departed comrades will be read by the Legion’s Gerald Tyler.

Bagpipers Joe Linneman and Mike Lund will play “Hector the Hero” and “Amazing Grace,” while a wreath will be placed at the tomb of the unknown soldier by the Mayranen family.

Members of the Ely Area Honor Guard will be at the cemetery to present the colors and for the salute to the honored dead.  Ron Forsman will play taps to close out the program.

Ely’s Matt Janeksela will sing both the national anthem and “God Bless America,” while the invocation will be done by Pastor Craig Haberman.

Ron Forsman will play Taps to close the program.

In case of inclement weather, the program will be moved to the theater at Vermilion Community College.

The program is sponsored by American Legion Post 248, VFW Post 2717 and the American Legion Auxiliary.

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