|Memorial Day is about remembering and tradition and the town of Norwood’s community of Phlox did both very well Monday.|
A spirited parade, led by a local color guard, and program in the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery recalled fallen soldiers, especially those from southeastern Langlade County.
The Memorial Day program, organized by American Legion Post 525, was launched by the parade that started at the Highway 47 bridge over the Red River and continued up the hill to the cemetery where a prayer was offered by Post Chaplain, Keith Wilson. A wreath was placed by sergeant-at-arms Jim Shannon, the Antigo High School marching band performed and Steve Bradley addressed the crowd.
Bradley, a retired Antigo businessman and Vietnam War veteran, requested a pause to remember the men and women who have died in service to their country. He then stepped his way through the modern wars involving the lives of men and women in the United States military services.
He recalled the dedication on May 29, 2004, when President George W. Bush dedicated the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.
“We remember those 405,399 Americans dead and missing in World War II,” he said.
Bradley discussed the Korean War and the memorial constructed for it. “We remember those 54,246 American dead...,” he added.
He turned his attention to the Vietnam War, its memorial and the 58,272 men and women in U.S. service who died.
Bradley noted the monument on the grounds of the Langlade County courthouse, where the 11 war dead from here are listed.
He stressed that one of the names listed, whose grave is near the marker where he was speaking, is “a son of the town of Norwood and Phlox, Lt. Thomas Dobrinska,” who died on Feb. 10, 1968.
Bradley explained that on Memorial Day we also remember the war dead from Afghanistan, Iraq and the war on terror.
He noted two bronze plaques mounted on the cemetery monument where he was standing that carried the four war dead from the Norwood community in World War II.
They include: Sgt. Robert J. Menting, died Oct. 23, 1944, France; Harold P. Devine, died Oct. 25, 1944, Philippines; Corp. Gordon G. Schisel, died March 14, 1945, Iwo Jima and Sgt. Ignatius, V. Verhasselt, died Oct. 20, 1945, Atto Island, Alaska.
It was a day for Bradley and the large cemetery crowd to remember those who died at war defending the United States, its people and way of life.
The tradition of remembering them in a thoughtful ceremony in Phlox, a community that cares deeply, continues.
Steve Bradley was the main speaker in Phlox Monday.