This coming Monday is a national holiday.

Known as Memorial Day, the event affords the citizens of the United States and opportunity to honor those who have died in service to this nation through simple acts, whether that be placing flowers or an American flag on a grave or expressing words of thanks for those sacrifices.

Another way to celebrate Memorial Day is through participation in a program.

These programs, which are held in numerous communities across the country, offer a chance for people to corporately express their thanks and exhibit honor to those being remembered to ensure their heroic deeds are not forgotten.

What follows is a list of programs being held in the area:

• In Redwood Falls a program is being held at the National Guard Armory starting at 6:30 p.m. The speaker is Don Walser of Hutchinson, who is a long-time state American Legion officer. In addition, music will be provided by the Redwood Valley schools music department.

• In Belview, a program is being held starting at 9:30 a.m. in the Odeon Hall. The speaker is James Kanne, who has been a candidate for political office. Services will also be held at each of the cemeteries in the Belview area, with a pot luck at the American Legion Hall to follow. The meal is open to the public.

• Beginning at 10 a.m. a program is being held in Milroy at the school. The keynote address is being presented by Lee Simmons. Following the program, a service will be held at the veterans memorial in the community park, with a pot luck following that is open to the public.

• In Walnut Grove a program is being held starting at 9:30 a.m. at the school in the gym. The speaker is Charles Swanson. Music will be provided by the school’s band.

• American Legion Post 41 in Lamberton will host a program starting at 10:30 a.m. at the American Legion Hall. The event includes music by a community ensemble, readings and a keynote address by Pastor Mike Stangeland. A potluck meal follows at the hall. Everyone is welcome.

• A program is being held at the Sanborn veterans memorial at 10 a.m. The Memorial Day address is being presented by Gabrielle Cohrs. If it is raining, the program will be held at the American Legion hall.

• A program is being held in Wabasso at 10 a.m. at the community center. The speaker is Steve Kjorness. A potluck follows the service. It is open to the public.

• The Wanda Memorial Day program is at the American Legion Hall starting at 10:30 a.m. The address is by Pastor Tony Hesse. Lunch will be served following the program, with free-will donations to the American Legion being accepted.

• A program is being held in Clements starting at 10 a.m. at the American Legion. The speaker is Marty Caraway. Refreshments follow the service.

• The Lucan Memorial Day program is being held in the community center starting at 7 p.m. Prior to the start of the program a concert featuring the Lucan Community Band begins at 6:30 p.m. The speaker is Jeff Gay. Refreshments follow the program.

• The Vesta Memorial Day program begins at 7 p.m. at the community hall. The speaker is Marty Caraway. Services will follow at both area cemeteries.

• At 10:30 a.m. In Morgan a program is being held at Gil-Mor Manor. 

• A program is being held in Fairfax at the community center starting at 9 a.m.

• The community center is the location for the program in Franklin, which is set to start at 9:30 a.m.

• A program is being held in Echo at the community center beginning at 10:30 a.m. 

The public is invited and encouraged to attend a Memorial Day program May 29.