Despite a steady downpour, a large crowd gathered at the Eden Prairie Veterans Memorial in Purgatory Creek Park on Monday for the annual Memorial Day Ceremony.

The event was abridged due to the rain, with the honoree introductions of Lou Ellingson, Jim McDougall and Art Peterson postponed.

However, Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Kevin Rofidal, chair of the Veterans Memorial Committee, noted that it was a long-standing tradition to hold Eden Prairie Memorial Day ceremonies, regardless of the weather.

The Rev. Rod Anderson gave the invocation at the event, which included “The Star Spangled Banner” and “America the Beautiful” sung by Nikki Allen Rau.

The Viking Squadron Civil Air Patrol posted the colors in the pouring rain.

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Mark Olson, the Chaska and Chanhassen community editor who has worked in Carver County for 20 years, makes any excuse to write about local history. In his spare time, Mark enjoys perusing old books, watching blockbusters and taking Midwest road trips.

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