Heroes of World War II

Three old warriors, three good men. World War II veterans (left to right) Hank Root, Merle Root and Bill Paulson didn’t let Nazi Germany or Imperial Japan get in their way 70 years ago, and during memorial Day at Veterans Memorial Waterfront Park in Spooner pm Monday, May 25, the members of The greatest Generation didn’t let a little rain stop them from observing Memorial Day either.

SPOONER– Monday, May 25 … Memorial Day. The forecast had been calling for rain for several days, and the forecasters were right on.

A steady rain fell at the Veterans Memorial Waterfront Park in Spooner as the time neared 10 a.m. Everything was in place for Memorial Day 2015 after volunteers rapidly put up two more canvas tents to shield the Spooner High School Band and onlookers from the elements. Now all that was needed was the onlookers.

By around 10:15 a.m. any concerns that the weather was going to deter people from showing up to honor the veterans who had put their lives on the line for their country were dispelled. They showed up in droves, umbrellas in hand, for the ceremony.

The Spooner band played, names of those who died since Memorial Day last year were read. Heads were bowed in prayer, spirits were lifted up in song. Members of the Spooner Area Honor Guard fired a salute to the dead and as “Taps” rang out a wreath was placed at the Memorial Wall and a bouquet of purple lilacs was tossed into the waters of the Yellow River Flowage. The procession then moved to the Spooner Memorial Cemetery.

There might not have been a lot of outside bar-b-ques this year. Fun in the sun was not to be had. But in little Spooner, Wisconsin the heroes of our hometown were not forgotten on their special day.

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