Remembering the men and women who died in military action for their country will take on a new look during Memorial Day services in communities across the North Woods this year due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

While area organizations usually hold public gathering ceremonies, many veterans are older and more susceptible to the COVID-19 disease, so protecting them as well as the public is a top priority for communities planning these programs.

In response to the virus, organizers have made difficult decisions to cancel all or part of the normal services held. Below is a listing of those holding services, and the modifications they are putting in place.

 

Eagle River

The annual Eagle River Memorial Day ceremony that is usually held at Veterans Monument in front of the Vilas County Courthouse has been canceled this year.

The Vilas County Veterans Service Office is urging the public to remember to be grateful for the heroes who served but never returned home.

“Memorial Day is a day of solemn remembrance of those that gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country,” said Brian Thomas, Veterans Service officer. “Please find time in your day to observe a moment of silence to honor our fallen.”

The Veterans Service Office remains open to support veterans and their families. Current appointments are by phone only. Staff continues to serve and to provide information, answer questions, and process paperwork needed for benefits. 

For information, contact Thomas at (715) 479-3629 or brthom@vilascountywi.gov, or Deborah Eicher, deputy veterans service officer, at the same number or deeich@vilascountywi.gov.



Land O’ Lakes

There will be a Memorial Day service at the Land O’ Lakes cemetery Monday, May 25, at 11 a.m. Attendees should adhere to all social distancing guidelines at the service. Call the Land O’ Lakes Chamber of Commerce at (715) 547-3432 to confirm the service as well as a possible lunch at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post as the date approaches.



Conover

A Memorial Day service will be held Monday, May 25, at 10 a.m. at Hildegard Cemetery, officiated by the Rev. John Kuziej. For more information, call the Con­over Chamber of Commerce at (715) 479-4928.



Rhinelander

The Memorial Day ceremony normally held in the Rhinelander High School auditorium by the Oneida County Veterans Council is canceled, but cemetery ceremonies are scheduled to go on Monday, May 25. Ceremonies are planned by the VFW at Newbold Cemetery at 8 a.m., and the AmVets at Northland Memorial Park at 8:30 a.m. Programs also are scheduled by the VFW at Forest Home Cem­e­tery, and AmVets at Nativity of Our Lord Cemetery at 9 a.m.

For more information, contact the Oneida County Veterans Service Office at (715) 369-6127.

Phelps

A Memorial Day service will be held Monday, May 25, at 1 p.m. at Phelps Cemetery. The ceremony will kick off with opening prayers, followed by a reading of the names of the dead by Steve Waier. Flags will be provided for friends and family to place on graves. A closing prayer will complete the service.

For more information, call Waier at (715) 617-5552.

Memorial Day programs in Three Lakes and St. Germain have been canceled this year.