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Hastings celebrates Memorial Day

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Cub Scouts in Pack 444 distributed programs and flags at the Memorial Day ceremony in Hastings. Pictured in the front row, from left, are Devin Weberg, Ayden Corneliusen, Danny Anderson and Landon Anderson. In the middle row are Luke Lauber, Jack Pope, Trenton Perreault, Zach Wittl, Josh Wessinger and Ben Krehbiel. In the back are Wesley Heusdens, Landen Hopkins, Finn Caturia, Nick Locascio, Salvador Jimenez, Noah Soucek and Garrett Watterson. (Submitted photo)10 / 10

Hastings hosted its annual Memorial Day event Monday, May 30.

The day started with a flag ceremony at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Hastings. Events continued at the main program of the day, held at Roadside Park, where a crowd gathered in front of the memorial to remember those who died in service to their country. They keynote speaker was Minnesota National Guard Sgt. Major (retired) Chris Amundsen. Other speakers included Hastings Mayor Paul Hicks, winners of VFW Voice of Democracy Patriot Pen contest, “My Vision for America” by Nick McGrath and “What Freedom Means to Me” by Samuel Krehbiel, American Legion Boy’s State participants and Miss Minnesota Rachel Latuff. Rev. Paris Pasch gave the invocation and Pete and Casey Likes sang the national anthem.

Following the main program, a short ceremony was held at Soldiers and Sailors Cemetery. Events concluded at Veterans Memorial Levee Park, by the new memorial along the riverfront.

The vents were hosted by the Lyle Russell Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1210, Nelson Lucking American Legion Post 47 and their auxiliaries.