Auxiliary member Barb Zimmerman laid the honorary Memorial Day Wreath at former Legionnaire Ralph Bader’s grave. Photo by Paul J. Seeling
Auxiliary member Barb Zimmerman laid the honorary Memorial Day Wreath at former Legionnaire Ralph Bader’s grave. Photo by Paul J. Seeling

WOODVILLE, WI –The Woodville American Legion Post 301, and the Auxiliary Unit 301 made their annual 2019 Memorial Day cemetery visitations on a very wet Monday, May 27. The dedicated veterans group included stops at Southside Cemetery, Immanuel Cemetery, Lone Pine Cemetery and then Sunset Cemetery where they had planned to hold their annual community Memorial Day service. But they were only able to do a brief ceremony there before relocating the service to the dry shelter of the Post building.

The annual community Memorial Day commemoration program was scheduled to take place at 10:30 a.m. at Sunset, where the Viking Middle School Band and the Community Choir would be contributing inspiring patriotic musical selections. But the band cancelled due to the threatening weather of a heavy downpour and many members of the choir departed as well.

There was a good turnout by the community for the service despite the rainy weather.

Legion Chaplin John Terkelsen welcomed everyone and thanked them for coming to the service; he then informed the gathering that the Auxiliary would lay the honorary Memorial Day Wreath at former Legionnaire Ralph Bader’s grave. This was done by Auxiliary member Barb Zimmerman and was followed by a six-gun rifle salute of three volleys. Bader was the most recent Woodville American Legion member to pass away and as is the custom of the Post was chosen to be honored on Memorial Day. The mournful playing of taps on the trumpet was once again provided by Colton Sander. Bader’s family was in attendance for this and the continued service.

Then those who were interested adjourned to the warm, dry shelter of Post 301 where the Woodville Memorial Day Service continued.

At Post 301 the Woodville Memorial Day commemoration program continued with good attendance by the community as folding chairs were setup for the crowd.

Legion Chaplin Terkelsen again welcomed everyone and thanked them for coming to the service in such soggy weather.

“For those who fought have known the flavor, few will ever now,” he intoned before asking everyone to join in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

The Community Choir sang the National Anthem the “Star-Spangled Banner” as well as other songs for the service.

Post Commander Bart Hoekstra gave an informative talk on the 100-year history of the American Legion in this its anniversary year. He also gave the history of Woodville’s American Legion Post 301.

Chaplin Terkelsen gave the final talk followed by a prayer and benediction.

After the service the community members were invited to stay for refreshments served by the Auxiliary members.

It was another nice Memorial Day commemoration program in Woodville.