We have endured an unseasonably cold and blustery spring season, but with the arrival of the Memorial Day weekend, we are poised at the gates of summer. Hallelujah.
For most of us, Memorial Day is a time for hitching the boat trailer and heading for the lake. It’s the unofficial weekend for cleaning off the grill and removing white pants from mothballs. There may remain three weeks of spring time on the calendar, but by popular assent, summer is here.
It’s also a time for remembrance. At Outagamie County, we try to do that annually, with the help of our friends at the Fox Valley Veterans Council, which includes people like Jim Strong, Mike Price, Joe Wilharms, Amanda Krueger, Barbara Miller, Brian Casey, Julie Coonan, Morgan Hogarth, Kari Kuiper and Mike Thomas.
Every year on the Saturday before Memorial Monday, the county hosts the council’s memorial program, which always includes representatives from area veterans associations, honor guards, speakers, high school musicians and of course, the friends and families of our servicemen and women. It’s a modest affair but it’s a place of community and solace. I never miss it and I always feel a special appreciation afterwards.
There are veteran organizations across Outagamie County. They’re involved and they’re active. You may be a member or know someone who is.
We’re lucky to have them here. So here’s a shout out the officers and members, past and present, of the Harvey Pierre VFW Post 2778, Appleton, VFW Post 8642, Grand Chute, Heart-of-the-Valley VFW Post 10544, Combined Locks, VFW Post 7692, Freedom, Electric City VFW Post 3319, Kaukauna, the Lealman-Schaller VFW Post 2732, New London, the Leo Van Roy American Legion Post 265, Buchanan, the Oney Johnston-Edward Blessman American Legion Post 38, Appleton, the William Verhagen American Legion Post 60, Kimberly, the Jacob Corpus American Legion Post 258, Little Chute, the Kaukauna American Legion Post 41, the Hammond-Schmitt American Legion Post 55, Hortonville, the Urban Kilter American Legion Post 436, Wrightstown, the Duhm-Masch American Legion Post 332, Black Creek, the Shiocton American Legion Post 512, the Krause-Kraft-Mueller American Legion Post 106, Seymour and the Norris-Spencer American Legion Post 263, New London.
If you bump into a member of one of these groups, be sure to thank them for their service. Many of them surely remember fallen comrades. We, too, should never forget.
Thomas Nelson
Outagamie County Executive