Woodbury honors fallen veterans in Memorial Day service
With a three-volley gun salute, a somber re-telling of history and a prayer for veterans who died serving the country, hundred gathered Monday at Veterans Memorial in Woodbury for the annual Memorial Day service.
The Woodbury Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9024 and the Woodbury American Legion Post 501 hosted the event, which included Civil War re-enactors, World War II vehicles, a bagpipe-led march and a somber moment of reflection.
Woodbury Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens gave the opening remarks, touching on the 100 year anniversary since the United States entered the first World War in 1917.
Gary Diamond, a Minnesota National Guard lieutenant colonel and Woodbury High School teacher, gave the Memorial Day address.
Though no Minnesotan has died this past year, organizers ran a bell nine times to honor the 99 Minnesotans who have died in service since September 11, 2001.
Members of the Woodbury VFW and American Legion bore the casket of Navy Fireman 3rd Class Glaydon Iverson, who died during the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.
Iverson's remains were identified for 74 years and finally laid to rest in his hometown of Emmons on May 25.
Civil War re-enactors rendered a three-volley salute to honor First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment, who were among the first men to aid the Union Army at the onset of the Civil War in 1861.
Historians say the regiment played a critical role in the Union Army's victory at the Battle of Gettysburg by leading an outnumbered charge against Confederate soldiers.