Originally known as Decoration Day in the years following the Civil War, Memorial Day honors the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. And there are no shortage of ceremonies planned for the Northland this weekend.
Sen. Janet Bewley, D-Delta, and Elizabeth Benn of the Council of Veterans Programs are featured speakers at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in observations of Memorial Day. The theme for this year's Memorial Day ceremonies sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs is "Remembering World War I." In addition to speakers, there will be special music and a ceremonial rifle salute. All veterans, families and the public are invited to attend.
Hanson-Maki American Legion Post 506 and VFW Post 10197 take services on the road in the area of U.S. Highway 2. Services begin at 8:30 a.m. Monday at Ever-Rest Cemetery in Waino then travel to Lutheran Cemetery in Oulu at 9 a.m., Hillcrest in Oulu at 9:30 a.m., Pine Glade in Oulu at 10 a.m., Tripp at 10:45 a.m., St. Michael's in Iron River at 11:30 a.m., City Cemetery in Iron River at noon and St. Florian's in Ino at 12:35 p.m.
Korppas-Johnson American Legion Post 531 recognizes veterans Monday in the U.S. Highway 13 area including cemeteries in Cornucopia at 9 a.m., Herbster at 10 a.m., Port Wing at 11 a.m. and Orienta at 11:30 a.m.
Members of the Richard I. Bong American Legion Post 435 host a 9 a.m. service at Calvary Cemetery along Highway 105, two miles west of Superior; and a program at Greenwood Cemetery, 8402 Tower Ave.
The Memorial Day Program begins at 10:30 a.m. at Soldier's Circle at Greenwood Cemetery. Pastor Sarah Kerkes gives the invocation and U.S. Army veteran Eual Moore, who served during the Vietnam War era, gives the Memorial Day address. Veterans and civic groups present wreaths followed by a benediction, Honor Guard gun salute and raising of the flag. The group will then travel to the Soldier's Square for another gun salute.
The Superior Singers perform their free concert, "Let's Go to the Movies," at 1 p.m. at the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center.
The Lockman-Jensen American Legion Post 499 travels to eight different sites to provide Memorial Day services and programs Monday. The post kicks off the day with an 8:15 a.m. memorial service at the Wascott Cemetery, followed by a 9 a.m. Memorial Day program at the Gordon Town Hall and a 9:30 a.m. service at the Gordon Cemetery. A service will be held at 10:45 a.m. at the Bennett Lutheran Cemetery, followed by an 11 a.m. service at the Bennett Cemetery. At 11:45 a.m., a Memorial Day program will be held at the Solon Springs School and the post caps off the day with a 12:15 p.m. service at Solon Springs Evergreen Cemetery and a 12:30 p.m. service at Solon Springs Catholic Cemetery.
Members of Bong-Hofstedt Douglas County Post 409 hold Memorial Day services at eight different cemeteries Monday. Members of the post hold a 9 a.m. service at Lakeside Cemetery, followed by services at 9:30 a.m. at the Maple Cemetery, 10 a.m. at Blueberry Cemetery, 11 a.m. at the Highland Cemetery, 11:30 a.m. at Lake Nebagamon Cemetery, noon at Hawthorne Cemetery and a 12:30 p.m. at Poplar Cemetery.
Oulu Heritage Center
The Oulu Heritage Center will honor area veterans with its annual "Tribute to Veterans." The event will take place from 1-3 p.m. with refreshments, displays and a presentation on the 100th anniversary of America's entry into World War I. All veterans and the public are invited