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Grand Forks Memorial Day ceremony canceled due to rain

The Grand Forks Memorial Day ceremony was scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Monday, May 30, at Memorial Park North Cemetery, but was canceled due to heavy rain, thunder and lightning. It will not be rescheduled for another day this year.

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Diane Kraemer, treasurer of the Grand Forks American Legion Auxiliary, takes down commemorative wreathes as she looks up toward a rainy sky on Monday, May 30, 2022, at Memorial Park Cemetery. Heavy rain, lightning and thunder forced the cancellation of the American Legion's annual Memorial Day service.
Korrie Wenzel / Grand Forks Herald
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GRAND FORKS — The Grand Forks Memorial Day ceremony was canceled this year due to heavy rain, thunder and lightning. But as members of Treumann-Webb-Phelps American Legion Post 6 packed up chairs and wreaths, Mike Brown was still pleased with the effort put into the ceremony to honor the memory of those who had died in military service.

“The weather didn’t cooperate, but people did,” said Brown, commander of Post 6 and former Grand Forks mayor.

The Grand Forks Memorial Day ceremony was scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Monday at Memorial Park North Cemetery. It will not be rescheduled for another day this year.

“It’s only on Memorial Day, so it will be rescheduled for next year,” said Dennis Almer, Post 6 adjutant and ceremony organizer. “Same time, same station, and hopefully better weather.”

Almer has been planning the Memorial Day ceremony for eight years, and this is the first time he has seen it canceled because of weather.

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The annual event is a joint ceremony of the American Legion, Disabled American Vets and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Brown was set to be the master of ceremony and Col. Timothy Curry, 319th Reconnaissance Wing commander at Grand Forks Air Force Base, was going to give the Memorial Day address. The Grand Forks Air Force Base Honor Guard, All-City Band and representatives from the American Legion, DAV and VFW were also going to participate in the ceremony.

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Grand Forks Air Force Base commander Col. Timothy Curry, left, and Mike Brown (with tan hat), commander of American Legion Post 6, take a moment to visit after they and others gathered chairs amid rains that canceled the Legion's annual Memorial Day services at Memorial Park North Cemetery in Grand Forks on Monday, May 30, 2022.
Korrie Wenzel / Grand Forks Herald

Despite the ceremony’s cancellation, Brown said he could see the community turnout in the flags and other decorations adorning the graves of those who died in military service.

“We’ll make sure that everybody gets the message that we have prepared, and it’s very important that we pause and remember the freedoms we have are because of the sacrifices that have been made,” he said.

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Rainwater gathers just after the cancellation of the annual American Legion Memorial Day ceremony at Memorial Park North Cemetery in Grand Forks on Monday, May 30, 2022.
Korrie Wenzel / Grand Forks Herald

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Ingrid Harbo joined the Grand Forks Herald in September 2021.

Harbo covers Grand Forks region news, and also writes about business in Grand Forks and the surrounding area.

Readers can reach Harbo at 701-780-1124 or iharbo@gfherald.com. Follow her on Twitter @ingridaharbo.
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