Douglas County celebrates Memorial Day
The Richard I. Bong American Legion Post 435 will honor veterans with an abbreviated Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday, May 25, at Greenwood Cemetery Veterans Circle followed by a noon ceremony at the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center. Members of the Douglas County Veterans Service Office and center staff will not attend to keep the gathering small and allow for social distancing.
The American Legion Honor Guard plans to fire three volleys, raise and lower the flag and play taps. There will be no speeches or laying of a wreath. Members of the public can lay a wreath on their own if they choose. Anyone who attends is asked to maintain appropriate social distancing and minimize group size to 20 or less people.
The American Legion Lockman-Jensen Post 499 will hold Memorial Day services at a number of cemeteries in the Gordon area. Services will take place at 9 a.m. at Wascott Cemetery, 9:30 a.m. at Gordon Cemetery, 10 a.m. at Bennett Lutheran Cemetery, 10:15 a.m. at Bennett Cemetery, 10:45 a.m. at Solon Springs Evergreen Cemetery and 11 a.m. at Solon Springs Catholic Cemetery.
The Bong-Hofstedt Douglas County Post 409 will not be holding Memorial Day ceremonies due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Adjutant Chad LaLor said flags will be placed at veterans’ gravesites prior to Memorial Day, but there will be no ceremonies at cemeteries in Lakeside, Maple, Blueberry, Brule, Highland, Lake Nebagamon, Hawthorne and Poplar.
The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs will hold a virtual Memorial Day 2020 ceremony at 9 a.m. Monday. It will be posted on the Wisconsin Veterans Museum website, which includes additional resources to help families and individuals engage at home, as well as tools to encourage public participation and social media interaction. At 3 p.m., Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Mary Kohler will lead the observance of the National Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m. live on the department’s Facebook page.
Light a candle, share a post
American Legion National Commander James W. “Bill” Oxford is asking the public to honor the country’s fallen military heroes at dusk on Memorial Day by lighting candles of remembrance and placing them on front porches.
He also suggested that families make signs expressing their gratitude for the military and share pictures of them holding up the signs on social media or the Legiontown USA website.