Memorial Day is a special weekend where we remember those that have fallen while protecting our nation’s freedoms. It also serves as the unofficial kick off to summer. In 2018, the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center and other area organizations collaborated for a free community BBQ. This year the Center is expanding on the event even more.
The event will be a combined military vehicle show and community BBQ. The vehicle show will feature vehicles from the Wisconsin National Guard, the United States Army and many private vehicles including a flying UH-1 Huey Helicopter (weather permitting). The free community BBQ is being sponsored by Blackwoods Catering and Bernicks. In addition, there will be yard games, a rock wall, a bake sale and bouncy houses. Just bring a blanket and enjoy a picnic by the harbor.
“Last year’s BBQ was such a success, we decided to combine two events for more offerings.” stated Hayes Scriven, Director of the Bong Center. We want to raise awareness about the meaning of Memorial Day while also having a good time. That is what the soldiers were fighting for.”
“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. On Saturday we will be celebrating that life they gave us. Let’s honor those who gave 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. “ Stated Brian Erickson, Douglas County Veteran Service Officer.
The event is from 11-3 on May 25 at the Richard I Bong Center in Superior. There is no cost to attend.
Fore more information on the event, visit bongcenter.org
Additional Memorial Day Events
On Memorial Day, there will be remembrance services at 9:00 a.m. at Calvary Cemetery and 10:30 at Greenwood Cemetery. At 1:00 p.m. the Superior Singers will perform at the Center.
In addition to the activities that weekend, the Center is offering free admission for veterans on May 26-28.
About the Center
The Mission of the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center is to preserve and honor the memory of Major Bong and all veterans of World War II, as well as subsequent conflicts and to provide educational resources for the Twin Ports area community and beyond.