THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
REMEMBERED"Memorial Day Services, honoring those who died in the line of duty during war time were held throughout Marinette County on Monday, May 29. The Peshtigo Veterans of Foreign War Kniskern-Neumann Post 8813 and Carlson-Alguire-Hoaglund Post 312 held services at Riverside Cemetery. A large crowd attended. Virgil (Ron) Kaempf offered the prayer and read names of those who gave their lives in wars. The Peshtigo High School Marching Band played the National Anthem and four service songs. A rifle salute was given by Robert Ellison and Allen Urbaniak. Pictured are Veterans Sgt. Vorphal, Commander Bill Warren and Jim Swiatnicki salute as the National Anthem is played. Chris Karpowicz is pictured holding the American flag.
Peshtigo Legion Remembers Deceased with Memorial Day
The annual Memorial Day services were held at Riverside Cemetery in Peshtigo at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 29.
The event began with an introduction from Virgil (Ron) Kaempf Adjutant and Chaplain of American Legion Post 312, and continued with a prayer and moment of silence. Bill Warren is Commander. Kaempf led the Pledge of Allegiance, and the Peshtigo High School Band played the Star-Spangled Banner and four service songs, followed by a Memorial Day speech from Kaempf.
Miranda Plautz led the American Legion wreath presentation and Navy veteran James Swiatnicki saluted those who perished at sea. Robert Ellison and Allen Urbaniak followed with a rifle salute. To close, the high school band played Taps and God Bless America, before Kaempf's closing prayer and closing presentation.
Kaempf noted the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day in the day's program, stating "On Veterans Day, in November, we honor all veterans, the living and the dead, those who came home safely from far away battlefields and those who did not, as well as those who were ready and willing but were not called upon to fight. On Memorial Day, in May, we remember the very special veterans who died at war. They are our heroes, these men and women who gave their all, who made the ultimate sacrifice. Their lives on Earth have ended, but their souls live on."
He also stated that "we who live in America today have benefitted from their valor and witnessed their tragedies. We are entrusted with a solemn duty to honor them for the sacrifices they made, and keep their memories alive forever in our hearts."
The event was sponsored by Veterans of Foreign Wars, Kniskern-Neumann Post 8813, and Carlson-Alguire-Hoaglund Post 312.
The Peshtigo Woman's Club invited the public to a luncheon after the event at the Drees Community Center.