Memorial Day Means Summer is Here!

A flag waves on a boat lift on the shore of the Whitefish Chain on a sunny day.

Summer's first hurrah seems to start with Memorial Day, when we not only enjoy summer but also remember those who have served our nation and given us the freedom to enjoy it. Here's a lineup of events, both those that celebrate Memorial Day and those that celebrate a kickoff to summer around Minnesota's Whitefish Chain.

Crosslake Memorial Day Service

Crosslake Lutheran Church will host a Memorial Day service on Sunday, May 26, at 10 a.m. at their outdoor worship center. The outdoor worship center is located on Dagget Pine Rd, just across the street from the Crosslake Community Center tennis courts. The service will include the national anthem, posting of the colors and an honorary salute to the dead, and a flyover of the North Star Squadron- four fixed-wing aircraft. James Tuorila will be the guest speaker. A licensed psychologist, Tuorila has a 30-year career at the St. Cloud VA where he's specialized in post traumatic stress disorder. He also served in the Army for four years and served in Korea.

Listen to the service on the radio from your car at the outdoor worship site, sit on the provided benches, or bring your own blankets and chairs. Pets are welcome. More information is available from the Echo-Journal newspaper.

Nisswa Memorial Day Service

The Nisswa American Legion will host a Memorial Day service on Monday, May 27 from 12-1:30 p.m. The event will be at the Nisswa American Legion and all are welcome. After the service, complimentary sloppy joes and chips will be served by the Nisswa Legion Auxiliary.

Log Village Opening Day

The Crosslake Historic Log Village, across from the campground in Crosslake, will open for the season on Saturday, May 25. The village is a fantastic place to visit and learn about local history- in fact, you'll feel as though you're surrounded by it! The museum is free to visit (though donations are accepted and appreciated) and consists of many historic buildings that have been moved to the area and filled with artifacts. There are also some modern recreations of historic buildings. Beginning May 25, the Log Village is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays through Labor Day.

Pine River Train Depot Opening Day

Another great place to visit for area history is the Pine River Train Depot, which will have its first open day of the summer on Saturday, May 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The depot is on the national register of historic places and has been restored to its original 1913 glory. It's also filled with artifacts. See the Pine River Chamber website for other days the depot will be open throughout the summer.

There's plenty more to do, whether it's bike riding, getting out on the boat, fishing from shore or from on the water, enjoying a meal or some ice cream, and much more! Enjoy summer!

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