Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
To remember veterans and early pioneers
Stearns County Commissioner Leigh Lenzmeier and former County Commissioner and retired State Representative Larry Haws will be speakers at the Memorial Day service at the historic Stanger Cemetery. Patriotic music will resonate through the cemetery with singing by the Place of Hope Ministry Singers. Sara Kramer, award winning saxophone player will play military patriotic numbers.
The flag raising will be done by Mark Bromenschenkel, Stearns County Commissioner, and a Sauk Rapids Boy Scout Troop. A rifle salute will be done by the Granite City VFW #428.
The short service will take place at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 30. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Stanger Cemetery is located along the Sauk River on the outskirts of Waite Park on County Road 138, about 3/4 mile south of Mills Fleet Farm (fire sign #7823).
Approximately 40 of the area's first settlers, including a Civil War veteran, were laid to rest in this small cemetery. The first burial was in 1868 and the last in the 1920s. In 1987, Stearns County became the custodian of the abandoned and neglected Stanger Cemetery, but did not have the resources to keep it in good condition. In 1993, the
St. Cloud Sunrise Kiwanis Club took on the responsibility of maintaining this historical treasure.
The Stanger family was leaders on the St. Cloud Evangelical movement in Stearns County in 1861. The first services were held in the Christian Stanger home and he set aside some of his land for the cemetery.
This will be the 17th Memorial Day service to be held at this pioneer cemetery.