Memorial Day celebration planned at Lakewood Cemetary

Lakewood Cemetery will host its 13th annual Memorial Day event May 26 at 10:30 a.m.

The event will feature a traditional service to honor veterans and continue into the afternoon with tours, exhibits, classical music concerts and other educational activities. The event is free.

Sports historian and author Stew Thornley will host one of the cemetery tours, taking visitors to the gravesites of sports legends such as Minnesota Gopher football star Pug Lund and Hamline basketball coach Joe Hutton. Thornley will give four tours between noon and 3 p.m. on Memorial Day only.

Remembering veteran soldiers has long been the focus of Lakewood’s Memorial Day event, but it has grown beyond that.

“Memorial Day was created to honor our fallen soldiers and many people come to Lakewood to pay respects at our traditional service,” said Lakewood President Ronald Gjerde Jr. in a prepared statement. “But over the years the day has also become a day of remembrance for all loved ones, as many people come to tend to family graves during the weekend.”

Lakewood Cemetery is open to the public every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the summer. For more information, call 822-2171 or visit