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5/22/2020 1:24:00 PM
Pandemic does not stop area Memorial Day observances

Memorial Day 2020 takes place this year on Monday May 25. While the COVID-19 pandemic has changed many things in our world, it does not and will not change the fact that Memorial Day recognizes our soldiers who have given the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom. The Dodgeville Chronicle will be attending many of these observances, however if anyone attending the events listed has photos they would like to share, please send to
Please see the following information about local Memorial Day observances:
The Avoca American Legion will be meeting at the main gate by the Avoca cemetery at 9 a.m. on Monday May 25. There will be a prayer, a 21 gun salute and Taps will be played. Due to the pandemic, and no ceremony, but the public is welcome to attend while adhering to social distancing. They will then be going to Muscoda afterwards to help with their program at 11 a.m.
Due to the COVID-19 Arena VFW Post 9336 will NOT be having a Memorial Day program however there will be a rifle ceremony at the Arena Cemetery at 11 a.m.
On Monday May 25, the Barneveld American Legion will be travelling to seven cemeteries based on the following schedule: 8:30 a.m. Jenniton Cemetery; 8:50 a.m. Bethel Cemetery; 9:10 a.m. Bilse Bridge; 9:30 a.m. Middlebury Cemetery; 9:50 a.m. Blue Mounds Cemetery; 10:10 a.m. Blue Mounds State Park; 10:30 a.m. The public is invited to follow along.
There will be no visits to nursing homes, no parade and no program.
Members of the American Legion and VFW will be going to cemeteries on Monday, May 25. That schedule is: East Side Cemetery 8:30 a.m.; St. Joseph Cemetery 8:45 a.m.; Rock Church Cemetery (north of Dodgeville) approximately 9:00 a.m. Flags will be placed on Dodgeville's main street (Iowa Street) and on the graves of military veterans.
Highland American Legion will be having their annual Memorial Day program on May 25th at 10:30 a.m. at the Highland Fire Department. Feel free to wear a mask at your discretion. Social distancing will be encouraged during the program.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will not be an annual Memorial Day parade nor the annual brat feed. However, the raffle will continue on. Please call Jim McGhee at 1-608-574-4607 with any questions.
Linden American Legion Post 493 members will meet on Monday, May 25 for Memorial Day services at 8:00 am, to go to the Mifflin cemetery by 8:30 am, followed by Cobb cemetery at 9:00 am, Bethlehem Lutheran cemetery at 9:30 am and to Linden cemetery by 10 a.m. There will be no parade or program. The times are approximate for each cemetery and you are not obligated to attend this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mineral Point
There will be 315 total American Flags displayed throughout Mineral Point's three cemeteries during Memorial Day weekend. At St. Mary's there will be 67 flags, at St. Paul's there will be 92 flags, and at Graceland there will be 156 flags. While there will be no formal parade, members of the American Legion and VFW will be marching down High Street starting at 10:30 a.m. on Memorial Day May 25, followed by a brief ceremony at Library Park. Following the program, the annual Memorial Chicken Day BBQ will be held at the American Legion Hall starting at 11 a.m. There will be 500 halves sold, and will be sold until gone. This will be handled through street side pickup.
The Ritchie-Bowers-Kohout VFW Post 9298 of Montfort will conduct Memorial Day services Monday May 25th at the following: Castle Rock Catholic Cemetery at 9 a.m. at the site of Lyle Foley, Rock Church Cemetery in Livingston at 10 a.m. at the site of Ron Eggers, and Hill Crest Cemetery in Montfort at 11 a.m. at the site of Don Raimer.
Beginning at approximately 8:40 a.m. on Monday May 25, the Ridgeway American Legion will be travelling to Ridgeway's five cemeteries. The first cemetery will be St. Bridget's Cemetery. The public is welcome to follow along.

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