Memorial Day weekend brings opportunities for fun and options for honoring fallen members of the service.
A Superior celebration is planned for Saturday, May 25 at the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center. Memorial Day weekend is seen as the unofficial kick-off to summer.
"What do you always do?" Director Hayes Scriven asked. "You go to the lake and you have a barbecue and you hang out and have a good time."
The Memorial Weekend Barbecue and Military Vehicle Show, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., combines two of the center's biggest events. The party will include bouncy houses, a rock wall, yard games and the chance to see a fleet of military vehicles. Kids can climb in the cockpit of an ME 109 jet to pose for pictures and, weather permitting, a UH-1H Huey helicopter will fly in.
"It's just a big picnic," Scriven said. Everything, even admission, is free.
Last year's inaugural Memorial Day barbecue was a huge success, Scriven said. Organizers planned for 300 people and served 1,000 plates.
"So when we started planning for this year, I just went big," he said.
Catered by Black Woods Grill and Bar, the menu includes pulled pork, beans and chips. There will be enough food for 1,000 people - served until it runs out.
In the past, the military vehicle show was held in the fall. Combining it with the barbecue makes sense, Scriven said, since the goal behind them is to connect with the public.
"It's just bringing the community together and then still honoring veterans. They would want us to be having a good time," Scriven said. "So that's what we're trying to do is honor their memory by having this good time and bringing the community together because that's what it's all about."
The community picnic will take place regardless of weather - rain, shine or snow. Tents will be set up, but visitors are asked to bring their own blankets or chairs.
Volunteers sought; poppies sold
Veterans and students from Superior Middle School will join forces Thursday, May 23, to place 5,000 flags at Superior-area cemeteries: Greenwood, Graceland, Riverside, Calvary, St. Francis, Nemadji and Hebrew. Volunteers are being sought to help plant the flags. Anyone interested can stop by Greenwood Cemetery at 9 a.m. or shortly after. Groups will be sent from Greenwood to the other cemeteries.
Volunteers from veteran organizations and cemetery sextons will be placing flags at other Douglas County cemeteries prior to annual Memorial Day ceremonies Monday, May 27.
Friday is National Poppy Day. Shoppers can expect to see members of the American Legion Post 435 and its auxiliary selling poppies at both Super One Foods stores in Superior as well as Walmart, the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center and the Post Office from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The auxiliary funnels all money raised to local veterans and their families.
Memorial Day events
Saturday, May 25
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center, 305 Harbor View Parkway. The Memorial Weekend BBQ and vehicle show is a combined military vehicle show and community barbecue. The Wisconsin National Guard, U.S. Army and private citizens will have vehicles on display, including a flying UH-1 Huey Helicopter. The free barbecue is sponsored by Blackwoods Catering and Bernicks. There will also be yard games, a bake sale and bouncy houses.
The 1 p.m. ceremony will be held at the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery near Spooner off of U.S. Highway 53. Donnie Placidi, administrator of veterans benefits for the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, will be the featured speaker; a ceremonial flyover by the War Birds of Spooner is planned.
Sunday, May 26
The Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center is offering free admission for veterans May 24-27.
Monday, May 27
Memorial Day services will start at 10:30 a.m. at Greenwood Cemetery. Speakers will be Hayes Scriven, executive director of the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center and Vietnam veteran Eual Moore, a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans and MOAA. The event will include a raising of colors and placement of a wreath.
Superior Singers will perform at 1 p.m. at the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center.
Bong-Hofstedt American Legion Post 409
- 9 a.m. Lakeside
- 9:30 p.m. Maple
- 10 a.m. Blueberry
- 10:30 a.m. Brule
- 11 a.m. Highland
- 11:30 a.m. Lake Nebagamon
- Noon, Hawthorne
- 12:30 p.m. Poplar
Lockman-Jensen American Legion Post 499
- 8:15 a.m. Wascott
- 9 a.m. Memorial Day program at the Gordon Town Hall featuring speakers and music by Northwood High School band
- 9:30 a.m. Gordon
- 10:45 a.m. Bennett Lutheran
- 11 a.m. Bennett
- 11:45 a.m. Memorial Day program at Solon Springs High School featuring speakers and music by Solon Springs High School Band
- 12:15 p.m. Solon Springs, Evergreen
- 12:30 p.m. Solon Springs, Catholic
Hanson-Maki American Legion Post 506 and VFW Post 10197
- 8:30 a.m. Waino, EverRest
- 9 a.m. Oulu, Lutheran
- 9:30 a.m. Oulu, Hillcrest
- 10 a.m. Oulu, Pine Glade
- 10:45 a.m. Tripp
- 11:30 a.m. St. Michael's
- Noon, Iron River, City Cemetery
- 12:35 p.m. Ino, St. Florians