Twas in that hour his stern command
Called to a martyr's grave
The flower of his beloved land,
The nation's flag to save.
By rivers of their father's gore
His first-born laurels grew,
And well he deemed the sons would pour
Their lives for glory too.

Memorial Day commemorates the men and women who died while in the military service.  To observe the holiday,  you should take time to visit cemeteries and memorials, and volunteers often place American flags on each grave site at national cemeteries.  A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. on Monday.  Metro Vets and the St. Cloud VA encourage you to pause for a minute of silence at that time.

There are a handful of Memorial Day events planned around our area this weekend:

The Rice American Legion will hold three ceremonies on Monday. The first is at 9:30 a.m. at the Langola Township Cemetery. At 10:30 a.m. they’ll be at the Rice Memorial Monument. And at 11:20 a.m. the ceremony will be held at the Graham United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Their will be a community Memorial Mass at Assumption Cemetery on Roosevelt Road in St. Cloud on Monday at 9am. Bring a lawn chair and if the weather turns bad the service will be held at Holy Spirit Catholic Church on Waldon Way, St. Cloud.

Memorial Day will also be observed at the St. Cloud VA on Monday. There’s a parade at 10:30 a.m., and an outdoor ceremony at 11:00 a.m.  Both events will be held in front of Bldg. 50, in the circle parking lot on the west end of the VA campus.  The St. Cloud Municipal Band's 50-some members will also play a wide variety of marches from patriotic and colonial during a free concert prior to the ceremony at 10am.

The St. Joseph American Legion will have a ceremony at 9:45 a.m. at the old cemetery, (College Avenue south of St. Joseph Catholic Church). A second ceremony at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Abbey cemetery.

If you know of other events we may have overlooked, please post them below in the comments section.