Although the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge will not be formally dedicated until 5 p.m. today, June 29, area residents gathered on the new span Friday as veteran’s groups and digitaries conducted a solumn ceremony of their own,
The gathering brought together veterans from almost every conflict dating back to World War II.
During Friday’s ceremony, a 21-gun salute followed a red. white and blue wreath being tossed into the Wisconsin River. Taps was also played to honor those servicemen from Lincoln County who gave their lives for this country.
Today’s rededication of the bridge is just one of a number of dedications in Tomahawk. At 2 p.m. in Washington Park near the Historical Museum complex on East Washington Avenue, a new shelter over the M.T.&W.’s “Old No. 19” steam engine will be dedicated. The Tomahawk Area Historical Society has taken responsibility for the maintenance of the engine for many years. It has been their hope to have a shelter constructed to protect it from the elements, however, funding was a problem until a large grant made the project a possibility.
Following the bridge ceremony at 5:30 p.m., a new park pavilion will be dedicated – a vision of the organizers of Music on the River since beginning their summer concert series in the park. Significant donations made the new structure a reality with its dedication being held at the group’s first concert of their 4th season.