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Barbecue kicks off summer, honors veterans

Kicking off summer and honoring veterans are the focus of a community barbecue featuring music, kids games, bounce houses and a climbing wall.

The event, which runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 26, is sponsored by the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center, Douglas County Veterans Service Office, Wisconsin Army National Guard, El Dorado Bar and Grill, StoneHouse Martial Arts, Great Lakes Bounce Houses and the city of Superior.

There is no cost to attend — just bring a blanket and enjoy a picnic by the harbor at the Bong Center, 305 Harbor View Parkway.

"Memorial Day is about remembering those that have fought for our country and paid the ultimate sacrifice," said Hayes Scriven, director of the Bong Center. "In addition, for a lot of people it is also the unofficial kick off to summer."

The picnic was among the goals set by Mayor Jim Paine during his State of the City address in April.

"Memorial Day is a day to remember those that gave the ultimate sacrifice so future generations would be able to live a life of freedom, said Brian Erickson, Douglas County veteran service officer. "On (that) Saturday, we will be celebrating that life they gave us. Let's honor those who gave it all to give us this opportunity of freedom by gathering with friends and family this weekend at the Bong and say thanks to those who gave us this opportunity in time to be free."

On Memorial Day, May 28, there will be remembrance services at 9 a.m. at Calvary Cemetery and 10:30 a.m. at Greenwood Cemetery. At 1 p.m. May 28, the Superior Singers perform at the Bong Center.

In addition to the activities that weekend, the Bong Center is offering free admission for veterans from May 26-May 28.