Local Memorial Day events
The American Legion Bronsted-Searl Post 93, Veterans of Foreign Wars Wurl-Feind Post 2687, MID-WIS AMVETS Post 2000, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 29 and Auxiliaries all in Tomahawk will be placing flags in the flag holders of Veteran’s graves on Calvary, Somo Cemetery, Prairie Rapids, and Greenwood Cemeteries for Memorial Day. They experience difficulty in locating some of the graves. Relatives and friends of Veterans buried in those cemeteries are asked to determine whether or not the graves are marked with a flag and flag holder. If a grave is not marked with a flag and flag holder, they are asked to contact the Lincoln County Veterans Service Office by calling (715)539-1083 during office hours Monday-Friday. During the evenings and weekends, those desiring information for St. Augustine Cemetery can contact Dave Haring (715)453-3871. For Oakhill cemetery contact Mary Ingman at (715)453-2870. For Calvary cemetery contact Roger Steckhan at (715) 453-8079. And for Greenwood Cemetery contact Bill Burcalow at (715)612-7118; Cliff Eggert – Prairie Rapids cemetery at (715) 453-5217; Jim Keskinnen – Somo and Union Congregational cemetery at (715)453-6713.
The American Legion Edward Burns Post 46, MID-WIS AMVETS Post 2000, Veterans of Foreign Wars Schmitt-Manecke-Donner Post 1638 and Disabled American Veterans Chapter 29, all in Merrill will also be placing flags and flag holders on Veteran’s graves in Merrill Memorial Park and St. Francis Cemeteries for Memorial Day. They also experience difficulty in locating some of the graves. Relatives and friends of Veterans buried in those cemeteries are asked to determine whether or not the graves are marked with a flag and flag holder. If the grave is not marked with a flag and flag holder, they are asked to contact the Lincoln County Veterans Service Office by calling (715)539-1083 during office hours, Monday-Friday. During the evenings and weekends those desiring information can call Ralph Wangen at (715)536-5842 or Mike VanLieshout at (715)536-3565.
Merrill Area Veterans Organizations will be installing ceremonial flag poles and flags for the Avenue of Flags in St. Francis Cemetery and Merrill Memorial Park Cemetery on Memorial Day, May 30. The poles and flags will be loaded at the VFW Clubhouse starting at 6 a.m. They will be transported to the cemeteries and installed. Assistance is needed to accomplish this project. Members are asked to help and should assemble at VFW Clubhouse at 6 a.m.
A Memorial Day Service will be conducted on Saturday, May 28 at 9:30 a.m.by the Tomahawk Area Honor Guard at Prairie Rapids Cemetery and then proceed to the Union Grove Cemetery in Harshaw for their Memorial Service at 11 a.m. Memorial Day services will be conducted at the American Legion Clubhouse, corner of Spirit and Railway St. in Tomahawk on Monday, May 30, 2011 at 10:45 a.m. All Veterans’ organizations, their Auxiliaries and Honor Guard will participate, along with the Tomahawk High School Band and local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Participants are asked to assemble at the Howitzer at 10:15 a.m. The public is invited to attend. The Honor Guard will perform grave side services at Greenwood Cemetery at 11:30 a.m., Oak Hill Cemetery at 12 p.m. and Calvary Cemetery at 12:30 p.m.
A Memorial Day Service will be conducted at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery in Merrill on Monday, May 30 at 11 a.m. Master of ceremonies will be Michael VanLieshout. Participating will be the Veterans of Foreign Wars Schmitt-Manecke-Donner Post 1638, American Legion Edward Burns Post 46, MID-WIS AMVETS Post 2000, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 29 and their Auxiliaries, VFW Honor Guard, Merrill City Band, Color Guard from Boy Scout Troop 504 and Boy Scout Troop 503 and other local Boy and Girl Scouts. Participants are asked to assemble at 10:30 a.m. on the road between the National Guard Armory and the Lincoln County Human Society building. Units will march to the cemetery, leaving at 10:45 a.m.
VFW Post 10203-Hamburg, will hold the following Veterans Memorial Day cemetery ceremonies on May 30: 9 a.m., Salem, Town Of Hamburg; 9:14 a.m., St. Paul’s, Town Of Hamburg; 9:23 a.m., St. John’s, Town Of Hamburg; 9:32 a.m., Fromm’s, Town Of Hamburg; 9:45 a.m., St. Peter’s, Hwy A; 10:10 a.m., Berlin Friedenshiem; 10:24 a.m., Rib View, Town Of Stettin; 10:31 a.m., Big Hill/Stubbe Hill; 10:45 a.m., Taegesville; 10:58 a.m., Maple Grove, Naugart Drive; 11:14 a.m. St. Paul’s Naugart, Town Of Berlin; 11:29 a.m., Trinity, Town Of Berlin; 11:44 a.m., St. Paul’s, Hwy 64 & 107, Town Of Corning; 11:58 a.m., Immanuel, Town Of Corning. Any questions for the VFW Post 10203-Hamburg schedule, please call Terry Krueger (Adjutant General) at (715)536-1087 or the Commander, Don Kozlowski at (715)536-6387.
The VFW Post 1638 and their Auxiliary have organized a 24-hour lighted billboard on Hwy 51 N in honor of Memorial Day with the help of local businesses.
The public is encouraged to attend.