FARGO — Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many veterans organizations have chosen to hold Memorial Day ceremonies online Monday, May 25, or have forgone them altogether this year.
Live ceremonies are planned at Riverside Cemetery and Sunset Memorial Gardens in Fargo. In the event of inclement weather, the services typically would have been moved to the Fargo Civic Center. This will not be the case this year due to social distancing requirements. In the event of rain, the services will be cancelled but veterans groups will still visit area cemeteries.
The following is a list of scheduled Memorial Day observances in the area:
Veterans from the Fargo VFW and American Legion will assemble at 8:30 a.m. at Holy Cross North Cemetery. At 10:30 a.m., they will reassemble at Riverside Cemetery, where a ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Welcoming remarks will be given by Jason Hicks of the United Patriotic Bodies.
Lisa Budeau, daughter of a Vietnam veteran, will deliver the keynote address. The ceremony will also include music by the Red River Valley Veterans Concert Band, a wreath-laying ceremony, prayer and a rifle salute. A program will also be held at noon at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Veterans will also visit Lindenwood Park at 1 p.m.
The AMVETS will assemble at 7:30 a.m. at Beth El Memorial Park and Fargo Hebrew Congregation Cemetery and at 8 a.m. nearby at Holy Cross North Cemetery. Veterans will reassemble again at 11 am. at Riverside South Cemetery and at 12:30 p.m. at Sunset Cemetery.
Moorhead, Dilworth and Sabin, Minn.
Moorhead American Legion and Dilworth VFW representatives will assemble at the following cemeteries: 8:45 a.m. Moorhead Memorial Gardens; 9:15 a.m. Elmwood Cemetery and 9:30 a.m. Trinity Cemetery in Sabin; 10 a.m. Evergreens Cemetery, Moorhead; 10:15 a.m. Prairie Home Cemetery, Moorhead; 10:30 a.m. St. Josephs Cemetery, Moorhead; and 10:40 a.m. Riverside Cemetery, Moorhead.
Horace and Harwood, N.D.
The Horace and Harwood American Legions have cancelled all cemetery services.
Fargo National Cemetery
The Fargo National Cemetery Volunteer Committee will host virtual Memorial Day events on its Facebook page. A brief live event will be held at 10 a.m. and a pre-recorded video will be posted at 2 p.m. Rep. Kelly Armstrong will provide the keynote address. The event will also include remarks from local legislators as well as the governors of North Dakota and Minnesota. To watch, search "Fargo National Cemetery Committee" on Facebook.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the North Dakota National Guard will host a virtual Memorial Day Ceremony. Citizens can livestream the event at www.ndguard.nd.gov beginning at noon. The keynote address will be given by retired Maj. Arnie Strebe, a former ND National Guard officer currently serving as chief administrative officer and chief financial officer for North Dakota's Dept. of Human Services. Gov. Doug Burgum, Sens. Kevin Cramer and John Hoeven, and Maj. Al Dohrmann, adjutant general for the North Dakota National Guard, are also scheduled to give remarks.