Staff Sergeant Lyle Ellis is this year's Memorial Day guest speaker. The event is hosted each year by the Dyrdal-Prolow Post 249. The parade features the Legion's colorguard as well as the Girl Scout and Boy Scouts of Spring Grove and the Spring Grove High School marching band. It will begin at 9:45 a.m. at the school and end at Viking Memorial Park.

In case of rain, there is no parade, and the program is held in the high school's gymnasium.

The program begins at 10 a.m. and will be followed by the Legion and Auxiliary meetings and a public steak fry (bring your own steak).

About Lyle Ellis

Staff Sergeant Lyle Ellis entered the United States Army in 1974. He assisted the United States Marines in the evacuation of the embassy in Saigon, Vietnam, in 1975 to officially end the Vietnam War.

After Vietnam, he went on to airborne school and air assault school. He was an aide to then Colonel Norman Schwarzkopf and was at his side when he received his first star as a general. Schwarzkopf later went on to lead coalition forces to defeat Saddam Hussein in the Gulf War.

Ellis served a tour with the Army's Old Guard at Arlington National Cemetery. While serving with the 2bn/ 75th Rangers in 1983, Ellis parachuted into Grenada and helped rescue American students held captive at the medical school.

Ellis said, "Today, I travel the country displaying the Traveling Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers."

The traveling tomb is about three-fourths the size of the original. It is inscribed as is the original, "Here rests in honored glory an American soldier known but to God."

It was built by a Wisconsin man of wood and concrete. The replica had six wreaths, one for each of the six theaters of operations during World War I.

Its creator (who wishes to remain anonymous) wasn't sure how it would be received by the public and worked with Ellis and the Houston American Legion to try the display one time at Houston Hoedown.

It has been very well received by the public, which find it a very moving experience to visit the display and remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country, so it has travelled throughout the Midwest.