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Proctor American Legion Memorial Day Observance
The custom of honoring fallen Proctor-area veterans resumes with a Memorial Day observance in front of Proctor’s city hall and community center. It will continue throughout the day as the Honor Guard visits six area cemeteries.
Major Jennifer Peterson will be the keynote speaker. Peterson is a Proctor resident who has 18 years of military experience and serves in the Minnesota Air National Guard. She enlisted as an intelligence analyst in the active duty Army in June 2001. In 2003 Major Peterson deployed from Germany to Kuwait and was a part of the initial American invasion into Iraq. She then spent the next year living and working in Baghdad.
Since joining the 148th Fighter Wing, Major Peterson has deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2012 and to the Middle East in 2018 to support Operation Inherent Resolve. In 2013 Major Peterson was named the 148th Fighter Wing’s Officer of the Year and in 2015 was recognized as one of the Duluth News Tribune’s “20 Under 40.”
Proctor’s ceremony will mark the start of the 100th anniversary of the Lind-Gordon-Berg Post 106. It is also the 85th anniversary of the “Soldiers Monument” in front of city hall and it is the 75th anniversary of D-Day in World War II.
The city’s 99th annual event will be outside, weather permitting, in front of the Soldiers Monument at the Proctor Area Community Center. In case of inclement weather the observance will be moved inside.
Following the ceremony, the Proctor American Legion Honor Guard will carry the Memorial Day tribute to six area cemeteries:
11 a.m. – Pine Hill Lutheran Church, I-35 & Midway Road
11:30 a.m. – Augustana Lutheran Church, 3251 Midway Road
Noon – Solway Cemetery, Maple Grove Road
1:15 p.m. Grand Lake Cemetery, Industrial Road
1:30 p.m. – Canosia Township Cemetery, Midway Road & Seville Road
1:45 p.m. – Hermantown Cemetery, 5345 Morris Thomas Road