Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Remembering & honoring
Hundreds gathered at the new "Tribute & Memorial Plaza" in Eagan's Central Park on Monday for Eagan's first annual Memorial Day Observance. American Legionnaire Tom Mullon led the program and WWII veteran Charles Hedges gave the Pledge of Allegiance. Miss Minnesota 2009 Brooke Kilgarriff sang the National Anthem followed by Fire Department Chaplain Bruce Ruggles' invocation. Mayor Mike Maguire gave a welcome and special remembrances came from Police Chief Jim McDonald, Fire Chief Mike Scott, Lt. Co. (Ret.) Joe Repya and former Senator Jim Carlson. Wayne and Gwen Olsen, whose solider son died in Iraq, presented a beautiful floral wreath. TAPS were played by bugle before the colors were retrieved.