Memorial Day services to honor the nation’s service men and women who have given their lives in defense of freedom will be conducted Mon­day in Montevideo and communities throughout the area, state and nation.


Memorial Day services to honor the nation’s service men and women who have given their lives in defense of freedom will be conducted Mon­day in Montevideo and communities throughout the area, state and nation.

As in years past, Montevideo American Legion Post 59 is responsible for planning and conducting this year’s Memorial Day program. Taking part in the day’s observances will be the American Legion Auxiliary, Veterans of Foreign Wars, VFW Auxiliary, the Disabled American Veterans, and the Minnesota Army National Guard.

The day’s events will begin with the advancement of the colors Monday at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, followed by a short program. The same format will follow at 10:30 a.m. at Terrace Lawn Memorial Gardens west of Montevideo along Highway 212.

The primary Memorial Day observance will again take place beginning at 11 a.m. at Sunset Memorial Cemetery. In case of inclement weather, activities will move to the Fine Arts Center beginning at 11 a.m.

The ceremony at Sunset Memorial Cemetery will begin with the playing of the national anthem by Montevideo Senior High School Band, featuring vocalists Heather Rickert and Jenessa Runia. Advancement of the colors by members of the veterans organizations and auxiliaries and the Minnesota Army National Guard will follow.

Jack Knothe, American Legion Post 59 chaplain, will deliver the invocation and benediction.

Program participants will be introduced by Tom Anderson, commander of American Legion Post 59.

The high school band will play “Marches of America,” followed by this year’s Memorial Day address by Maj. Gen. Jon L. Trost. The band will then perform “Nation’s Prayer.”

The program will include the reading of “In Flander’s Fields” and “Lest We Forget” by American Legion Auxili­ary members. The band will play “America the Beautiful” and “Lord of Our Mansions,” with vocalists Heather Rickert and Jenessa Runia.

Shanae Peterson and Aaron Erickson, members of the MSHS band, will play Taps. The American Legion Post 59 Honor Guard will fire a salute to those who made the supreme sacrifice.

Following the program at Sunset Memorial Cemetery, the American Legion Auxiliary will serve lunch at the American Legion.

Speaker’s career began in western Minnesota
The guest speaker this year is Maj. Gen. Jon L. Trost, deputy commanding general, Army National Guard, Headquarters Train­ing and Doctrine Com­mand. Trost’s military service began in 1970.

Trost, who grew up in Appleton, received a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology education in 1972 from Moorehead State University in Kentucky. He attended the United States Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pa., by correspondence in 1997.

He was commissioned a second lieutenant in June 1974 and served as liaison officer with Headquarters & Headquarters Battery, 1-175th Field Artillery, in Montevideo.

From August 1975 until July 1977, Trost was the assistant executive officer for Battery B, 1-175th FA, in Madison. He was promoted to first lieutenant in June 1977.

He then was assistant executive officer for Battery D, 1-175th FA in Olivia from July 1977 until November 1979.

Trost became the executive officer in November 1979 of Battery D, a position he held until August 1982. He was promoted to captain in June 1980.

From August 1982 until November 1984, Trost was fire support officer, Head­quarters & Headquarters Battery, 1-175th FA in Montevideo.

He was promoted to major in November 1985, to lieutenant colonel in January 1990, to colonel in July 1995, and to brigadier general in February 2002.

Trost assumed his current position and duties on April 1, 2008. He was promoted to major general Nov. 7, 2008.