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Woodbury honors fallen veterans in Memorial Day service

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The Woodbury American Legion Post 501 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9024 bore the casket of Navy Fireman 3rd Class Glaydon Iverson during a Memorial Day Service at Veterans Memorial. Iverson died on board the USS Oklahoma during the attack on Pearl Harbor and was finally laid to rest in his hometown of Emmons on May 25. Youssef Rddad / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 7
Re-enactors from the First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment gave a three-volley salute using mid-19th-century muskets during Woodbury's Memorial Day Service. Youssef Rddad / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 7
Members of the Woodbury American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars stand at salute during a flag folding ceremony to honor Glayton Iverson. Youssef Rddad / RiverTown Multimedia4 / 7
Lt. Col. Gary Diamond of Woodbury, left, gave the Memorial Day address at Veterans Memorial. He, along with Capt. Justin Gartner and Master Sgt. Tim Anderson, posed for a photograph in front of a World War II vehicle. Youssef Rddad / RiverTown Multimedia5 / 7
The local the Patriotic Heritage Allegiant Honor Guard and Woodbury Boy Scout Troop lead Civil War re-enactors from the memorial site. Youssef Rddad / RiverTown Multimedia6 / 7
Lynn Ista of the Minnesota State Fire Service Memorial Pipe Band prepares to lead a procession to Veterans Memorial. Youssef Rddad / RiverTown Multimedia7 / 7

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.