Horsager to deliver Wadena's Memorial Day address

Horsager has just returned from a trip on the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.

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Clarence Horsager is set to give the Memorial Day address in Wadena, which starts at 9 a.m., Monday, May 30.
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WADENA — Clarence Horsager will give the Memorial Day address at 9 a.m., Monday, May 30, at the Wadena Cemetery.
In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved to the Wadena Memorial Auditorium.
Horsager is a Korean War veteran where he served in the Army artillery and in the airborne division. Upon returning from war, he taught high school agriculture and FFA for 11 years (eight years in Wadena). He loved teaching, but decided he had to practice what he preached. So, he and his family have been farming since 1971.
Clarence and Mary have been married 62 years and have six children with their spouses, 16 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Horsager is a member of the American Legion Post 171 and a life member of Elmer Goche VFW Post 3922 in Wadena.
Horsager recently returned from a trip to Washington, D.C., as part of the Veterans Honor Flight from April 30- May 2.
Horsager flew from Fargo with 85 veterans from Minnesota and North Dakota, along with escorts, volunteers and 70 wheel chairs, making 183 passengers.
"Most of us were Korean veterans, two were World War II (one man was 100 years old), and some were Vietnam veterans," Horsager wrote to the Pioneer Journal. "First we stopped at Fort McHenry with history of the War of 1812 where Francis Scott Key saw our flag still waving and was inspired to write what was to become “The Star Spangled Banner” – our National Anthem."

At a semi-annual Wadena County Historical Society meeting, Clarence Horsager was invited to tell his storied personal history. Horsager has lived a long life that's taken him all over the country while experiencing some of the most visceral decad...

The group visited many National Monuments including FDR, Lincoln Memorial, World Wars I and II, Korean, Vietnam, the new Air Force monument and Raising the Flag over Iwo Jima. The World War II Memorial was filled with Gold Stars. Each star represented 100 U.S. soldiers killed or missing in action – over 405,000.
"We visited Arlington Cemetery with its many white crosses for the Changing of the Guard Ceremony which was very sobering," Horsager said.
They also visited the National Archives Museum, home to the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.
"These documents are important to the founding and philosophy of our country," Horsager shared.
The banquet ended with Mail Call similar to what tthe veterans had in service.
"It was phenomenal as I received so many letters from you local folks!" Horsager wrote. "I want to thank the community so much for the letters and all of your love and support!bThis trip was very organized and impressive. I was delighted to be able to go withbdaughter, Clarice Esslinger, as my escort."
Those attending Wadena's Memorial Day event can expect the following: Invocation and benediction by Christian Missionary Alliance Church pastor Brian Malvig; music by the Wadena-Deer Creek High School band; placing of wreaths by the Elmer Goche VFW Post 3922 Auxiliary; a firing squad salute by the VFW Color Guard; and the event is directed by VFW Post Commander Phil Thoennes.

Other area Memorial Day events

Deer Creek Memorial Day Program
The Memorial Day program will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Veteran’s Park in Deer Creek. A free will donation breakfast of pancakes, French toast, egg bake, sausage, coffee, orange juice, and milk will be served at the Deer Creek Community Center, 106 Main Ave E., from 7:30 -10 a.m.
Parkers Prairie Memorial Day Program
Legion Baseball Pancake Breakfast (Old Gym) 8 a.m.-noon
Memorial Day Program (New Gym) 10 a.m.
Color Guard, Taps (Parkers Prairie Cemetery) 1 p.m.
Perham Memorial Day Program
The Memorial Day program will be held at 9 a.m. at St. Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery, 1st Ave. N. in Perham. Attending will be Perham VFW Post 4020 honor guard and Dent American Legion honor guard. In case of inclement weather, services will be held at St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Perham.

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