Memorial Day services held at four Coon Rapids locations

Taps are played and flags are raised during the Memorial Day service at Epiphany Cemetery. Photo by Sue Austreng
Taps are played and flags are raised during the Memorial Day service at Epiphany Cemetery. Photo by Sue Austreng

Saluting the sacrifice made by soldiers fighting to preserve and protect American freedoms, Memorial Day services were held at four Coon Rapids sites.

Flags were raised, wreaths laid, taps played and gun salutes fired to honor and memorialize local soldiers.

Services were conducted by members of the Coon Rapids American Legion, Coon Rapids VFW and Disabled American Veterans Chapter 39 and took place at Epiphany Cemetery, Joyce Chapel Cemetery, the American Legion Post 334 and VFW Post 9625.

Following a Memorial Day Mass at the Church of the Epiphany, parishioners walked to the cemetery for services presented by the Coon Rapids American Legion, the Coon Rapids VFW and Disabled American Veterans Chapter 39. Here, Rev. Michael Johnson reads from I Thessalonians 4:13-14, “Do not grieve at those who have fallen asleep... For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.” Photo by Sue Austreng
Wreaths of tribute and honor are placed during a Memorial Day service at Epiphany Cemetery. Coon Rapids VFW Post Commander Charles Hawkins addresses the crowd gathered at Epiphany Cemetery during a Memorial Day service there. Members of Coon Rapids American Legion, VFW and Disabled American Veterans Chapter 39 fire a tribute to fallen soldiers during the Memorial Day service at Epiphany Cemetery. Taps are played and flags are raised during the Memorial Day service at Epiphany Cemetery. Photo by Sue Austreng
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Following a Memorial Day Mass at the Church of the Epiphany, parishioners walked to the cemetery for services presented by the Coon Rapids American Legion, the Coon Rapids VFW and Disabled American Veterans Chapter 39. Here, Rev. Michael Johnson reads from I Thessalonians 4:13-14, “Do not grieve at those who have fallen asleep... For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.” Photo by Sue Austreng

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