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Memorial Day celebrated in Detroit Lakes

People attending the Memorial Day program in Detroit Lakes' City Park stand while the invocation is given at the beginning of Monday's program. Brian Basham/DL Newspapers1 / 4
Pat Coalwell of Dilworth places flowers and decorations on her parents' graves in Oak Grove Cemetery Monday afternoon. Brian Basham/DL Newspapers2 / 4
Members of the Lake Region Color Guard hold their guns in salutation as "Taps" is played during Monday's Memorial Day program in City Park in Detroit Lakes. Brian Basham/DL Newspapers3 / 4
The Lake Region Color Guard marches the Stars and Stripes down Washington Avenue in Detroit Lakes during Monday morning's Memorial Day parade. Brian Basham/DL Newspapers4 / 4

Honoring those who have served in the United States of America military, people gathered at the Detroit Lakes City Park band shell Monday to say thank you to this country's heroes.

"Today we remember the fallen men and women of the past, present and future," Mayor Matt Brenk said.

Vietnam veteran Harland Thompson spoke as a part of the program, saying that although he was a part of the Army, he had honor and respect for those who have served in the Navy and Air Force, women in the military, those who were drafted, those who have never been to a combat zone, those who gave their lives for this country and those who are wounded.

Several representatives from the American Legion Post 15 and Auxiliary, VFW Post 1676 and Auxiliary, Disabled American Veterans and other veteran organizations were present for the program. There was also a parade prior to the program in the park, and a lunch was served at the American Legion following the program.

For more details regarding the Memorial Day service, read Wednesday's Detroit Lakes Tribune.