Remembering those who fought for freedomAs many this holiday weekend kick back and enjoy their freedom with family and friends, others will be remembering the reason for the long weekend – the men and women who came before and stood up for the principles of the nation’s democracy.
By: Superior Telegram, Superior Telegram
As many this holiday weekend kick back and enjoy their freedom with family and friends, others will be remembering the reason for the long weekend – the men and women who came before and stood up for the principles of the nation’s democracy.
Several events are planned throughout Northern Wisconsin.
The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs holds a Memorial Day service at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery near Spooner. Veterans, their families and the public are invited to attend. In addition, WDVA will host Memorial Day ceremonies at the Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery at Union Grove at 11 a.m. on Sunday; and on Monday, May 31, at the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King, with a 9:30 a.m. lakeside service followed by a 10 a.m. ceremony at the Central Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
United Presbyterian Church, Superior, holds a special Memorial Day Weekend worship service at 10 a.m. Sunday. The guest speaker is Robert Fuhrman, executive director of the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center in Superior. During the service John R. Thomas, who died May 17, 2010, in Michigan, will be remembered. Thomas was a veteran of World War II, a member of United Presbyterian Church, and an elder of the former Itasca Presbyterian Church since 1946. For more information, call the church at (715) 392-4751.
The Douglas County Veterans Memorial Council hosts its annual ceremony at Soldier’s Circle in Greenwood Cemetery at 10:30 a.m. Monday. David Cochrane serves as the master of ceremonies with Mayor Dave Ross giving the Memorial Day Address. Father Don Kania provides the invocation and benediction and the Superior Combined Honor Guard gives the 21-gun salute. Taps will be performed by Derel Struss and Drew Chammings, and Monte Stickman and Dan Atkinson raise the flag.
A Memorial Day service with the Rev. Duane Aslyn begins at 11:45 a.m. Monday in Parkview Cemetery in Hawthorne. An Honor Guard presentation begins at noon. The services are being held by the Hawthorne Lion’s Club. Coffee and rolls will be served.
The American Legion Bong-Hofstad Post 409 conducts Memorial Day services at the following times and cemeteries on Monday, May 31, 2010. They start at the Lakeside Cemetery at 9 a.m., Maple at 9:30 a.m.; Blueberry at 10 a.m.; Brule at 10:30 a.m.; Highland at 11 a.m.; Lake Nebagamon at 11:30 a.m. Hawthorne at 12 p.m.; Poplar at 12:30 p.m. Post members muster at 8:30 a.m. at Mother’s Kitchen in Poplar.
Southern Douglas County
Members of the Lockman-Jensen American Legion Post 499 of Gordon provides services at six cemeteries and takes part in two programs Monday in honor of Memorial Day. The day’s events begin with an 8:15 a.m. service at the Wascott Cemetery. At 9 a.m., a Memorial Day program begins at the Gordon Town Hall with post member Paul Kending speaking and music provided by the Northwood High School band. A service begins at 9:15 a.m. in the Gordon Cemetery with bagpiper Dr. Mike Johnson, followed by a brief break for refreshments at the Gordon Town Hall. At 10:45 a.m. a service begins at the Bennett Lutheran Cemetery followed by an 11 a.m. service at the Bennett Cemetery on County Highway L. The bugler for the Bennett services will be Ryan Kuss. A second Memorial Day program begins at 11:45 a.m. at Solon Springs School with music provided by the Solon Springs High School band under the direction of Meggin Elm. Post members round out the day with a 12:15 p.m. service at Solon Evergreen Cemetery and a 12:30 p.m. service at Solon Springs Catholic Cemetery, with bugler Ryan Kuss playing for both.
Hanson-Maki Post 506 of the American Legion along with VFW POST 10197 of Iron River honors deceased veterans starting at the VFW Post in Iron River. From their members make stops at several small cemeteries to honor veterans at Everest Cemetery in Waino at 8:30 a.m.; Lutheran Cemetery in Oulu at 9 a.m.; Hillcrest Cemetery in Oulu at 9:30 a.m.; Pine Glade Cemetery in Oulu at 10 a.m. Tripp Cemetery in Tripp at 10:45 a.m.; St. Michael’s Cemetery in Iron River at 11:30 a.m.; City Cemetery in Iron River at noon and St. Florian’s Cemetery in Ino at 12:30 p.m. Prayers are offered by Wally Skerbeck, chaplin for VFW Post 10197 and American Legion Post 506. Legion and post members and their auxiliaries, honor guard and rifle squad are led by Dale A. Mitchell. Honor Guard members are asked to attend a luncheon offered by the Good Fellowship of St. Florian’s Church in Ino. The Ladies Auxiliary Pancake Breakfast runs 8 a.m. to noon at the VFW Post on U.S. Highway 2.