A day for remembering veterans
Greenwood Cemetery in Superior hosts a Memorial Day ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Monday, rain or shine, in Veterans Memorial Park. The address will be given by Scott Markle, an Air Force veteran and educator with the Richard I. Bong World War II Veterans Historical Center.
The Richard I. Bong World War II Veterans Historical Center offers free admission for veterans during Memorial Day weekend, Saturday through Monday, to honor those who have served and sacrificed to safeguard freedom. The Superior Singers perform at 1 p.m. Monday in the center’s galleries, 305 Harbor View Parkway.
The Gordon-based Lockman-Jensen American Legion Post 499 hosts six Memorial Day services and a pair of programs Monday in Douglas County. It’s quite a day for the Honor Guard, said Air Force veteran Nancy Chamberlin, a member of the post. She said the current Honor Guard members are between the ages of 60 and 86.
The Honor Guard will begin the day with an 8:15 a.m. service at Wascott Cemetery followed by a 9 a.m. Memorial Day program at the Gordon Town Hall. The event will include the commander’s comments, a speaker and music provided by the Northwood High School Band.
At 9:30 a.m. a memorial service will be held at Gordon Cemetery and the Honor Guard will return to the Gordon Town Hall for refreshments provided by the Gordon-Wascott Historical Society.
The Honor Guard will hold a 10:45 a.m. service at Bennett Lutheran Cemetery and an 11 a.m. service at Bennett Cemetery, followed by an 11:45 a.m. Memorial Day Program at Solon Springs High School with music by the Solon Springs High School Band.
Additional services take place at 12:15 p.m. at Solon Springs Evergreen Cemetery and 12:30 p.m. at Solon Springs Catholic Cemetery followed by lunch for the Honor Guard.
The annual Tribute to Veterans runs 1-3 p.m. Monday at the Oulu Heritage Center, 71055 Muskeg Road. There will be a brief program, exhibits, tours and refreshments. Special recognition this year is for Vietnam Veterans. The public is welcome.
Members of Bong-Hofstedt American Legion Post 409, based in Poplar hold Memorial Day ceremonies at eight county cemeteries Monday. They will muster at 8:30 a.m. at Mother’s Kitchen in Poplar before visiting the following cemeteries: 9 a.m. at Lakeside Cemetery; 9:30 a.m. at Maple Cemetery; 10 a.m. at Blueberry Cemetery; 10:30 a.m.
Honor with peace
On Memorial Day, we remember those who died serving in the armed forces. Too often in eulogizing the casualties of past wars, we unintentionally promote the next war.
Troops, and their families, are actually victims of war the same as the "enemy" and the civilians in the war zones, said Philip Anderson, president of Veterans for Peace Chapter 80 and a retired Naval Reservist..
The organization is joining others to remember the sacrifice and not the costs of war at 11 a.m. Monday at Lake Place Plaza at the Peace Statue.
"Remembering their sacrifice should also remind us of the costs of war, the collateral damage and the futility of military actions," Anderson said. "We need to mourn the fallen and injured without glorifying war."