Memorial Day speeches by U.S. presidents from the past 100 years will be part of this year’s Warrens Memorial Day program, scheduled for Monday, May 31, at 11 a.m., at the Warren Mills Cemetery.
Warrens Cranberry Festival Royalty Queen Lindsay Murdock and Princesses Katie Carlson and Annabelle Haun will read excerpts of speeches by former U.S. Presidents Woodrow Wilson, Lyndon Johnson and Barack Obama at this year’s progam.
The presentations by the 2019-2021 festival royalty will take the place of a keynote address. Event organizer Sara Moseley said the reason for the different format for this year’s Memorial Day service is two-fold.
“Firstly, we thought a trip back in time would help people understand the history of Memorial Day which began as Decoration Day following the Civil War to the type of services we hold today to honor our veterans and remember those who died while in the armed services,” Moseley said.
Secondly, Moseley said that due to the pandemic, the Cranfest royalty has been unable to make many public appearances during their extended two-year reign.
“The royalty typically represents our little community all over the state and has been part of the Warrens Memorial Day service for many years, but they missed out on many events last year because of COVID-19. So, we decided to take the opportunity to increase their participation in the Memorial Day service this year,” Moseley said.
Serving as Master of Ceremonies for this year’s service is Sam Moseley. Raising of the Colors will be by members of Warrens VFW Post 5387. Tomah American Legion Post 201 will serve as the firing squad. Readings will be by Warrens Girl Scout Troop 4428. Music will be by Meredith Moseley.
The Town of Lincoln Fire Department fire engine will lead a parade of walkers leaving the fire station at 10:40 a.m. In the event of rain, the program will be held at the fire station.
The Warrens Lions Club will be holding their Memorial Day Chicken BBQ Dinner this year. Serving is at the Lions Log Building from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or until they run out of chicken.
Cost is $10 for a half-chicken meal or $9 for a quarter-chicken meal. A hot dog plate will also be available for $5. Seating will be available inside the Log Building and outside in the softball concession stand area. Boxed to-go meals will also be available.
PHOTO CAPTION: In this file photo above from a past Warren Mills Cemetery Memorial Day program, area service members raising the flag (left to right) are Bridget Brummet, Sam Moseley, David Moseley and Rebecca Moseley.