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Memorial Day event features creator of 'Beyond the Yellow Ribbon'

Chaplain (Lt. Col.) John J. Morris, command chaplain, 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, who recently returned from his third tour of duty in Iraq, will be the featured speaker at the Memorial Saturday observance May 29 at St. Mary's Episcopal Church-Basswood Grove, north of Hastings. Morris is the co-creator of "Beyond the Yellow Ribbon," a program that serves to reintegrate National Guard members into society after their tours of duty.

The observance will begin with a Morning Prayer Service at 10 a.m. inside the historic church, followed by a ceremony in the adjacent cemetery that will include a color guard; an honoring of the 12 Army, Air Force, and Marine warriors from Minnesota who gave their lives in 2009 in the service of their country; and a calling of the roll of veterans who are buried at St. Mary's, some of whom date back to the Civil War.

All are invited to the observance, with a special invitation extended to veterans and children. St. Mary's, founded in 1863 as a Bishop Whipple congregation, is located at 8435 S. St. Croix Trail, north of Hastings and Prescott, and just a little more than a mile south of Afton Alps.

For more information, call Bob Livingston at 612-875-0330.