Raymond is a very patriotic city that is indebted to veterans, celebrating Memorial Day for more than 110 years! Every year, Raymond's population seems to double or triple on Memorial Day, as current and former residents come together to celebrate and remember the sacrifices that our veterans have made for us to live in freedom.
Raymond's community observance of Memorial Day takes place with a traditional parade beginning at 9:00 am at MACCRAY East Elementary school and traveling from cemetery to cemetery and the reading of names of deceased veterans. There are special markers and American flags on the Veterans' graves.
The Raymond American Legion Peter Leuze Post 420 and Auxiliary lead the parade. Marchers, veterans, mounted riders, the MACCRAY marching band, and other groups will march past the Cofield Street Apts., turn left on Cofield Street, and proceed south to Hwy. 23, where the parade will turn left and head east to the Fairview Cemetery.
Joe Apol, Legion Post Chaplain, opens with a prayer, then Jon Pederson reads off the names of the deceased veterans. A 21 gun salute is given at Fairview Cemetery and then the parade regroups and proceeds to St. John's Lutheran Cemetery. At St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Apol will again give the prayer and Pederson will read the names of the deceased veterans, followed by a 21 gun salute at St. John's cemetery.
Prior to Memorial Day, the Legion will decorate the final resting places of over 165 veterans in the Raymond, Prinsburg and Roseland cemeteries. Raymond has a commitment to raising the flags in the city park along Highway 23 on Memorial Day and every other holiday to honor veterans. They fly in honor of those who have served our country. THANK YOU to all of our veterans!