Street Projects

Memorial Day 2023

                May 29th is the day the U.S. honors those who gave their lives in service to our country.  At 8:00 a.m. this Monday, local veterans will have a solemn Memorial Day service in Exchange Park by the clock downtown. They will read a poem and say a few words in remembrance of their fallen comrades. There will be a cannon salute. Sue and I always attend. The ceremony will be repeated at Maple Grove Cemetery at 9:00 am. AMVETS is sponsoring a light lunch from noon to 1:00 p.m. Public invited. There is no rain date. As one Vietnam veteran told me, “We never stopped because of weather.”  THERE IS NO PARADE THIS YEAR. Why? The membership of local veterans’ organizations has aged. Many are in their 80s and 90s. Their love for our country and fellow veterans is still strong. But time has limited what they can do physically. The work involved in marshaling the Vermilion Memorial Day Parade is just too much for these special people. Perhaps another group will revive Vermilion’s Memorial Day Parade. Our Veterans have already done more than most of us.