Taylor-Hixton American Legion’s Memorial Day Tribute Returns
By Lori Johnson
HIXTON - After a two year hiatus when COVID-19 concerns necessitated cancelling gatherings, the Memorial Day tribute by the Taylor-Hixton Legion and Auxiliary was especially looked forward to.
This year’s ceremonies were held at Hixton at the Fire Hall on Monday, May 30th at 10 AM.
Audience members stood as the Colors advanced. A welcome was given by Auxiliary President Brenda Olson and minister Steve Aldach led the opening prayer. After everyone gave the Pledge of Allegiance, Rosemary Paulson sang the Star Spangled Banner.
Greetings were given by Vice Commander Rocky Jarvis. This year’s Memorial Address was given by Marie Dunnigan, Adujant.
Musical selections were provided by the Black River Falls Middle School Band under the direction of Troy Tande. Rosalie Walsted gave a reading. After the Lord’s Prayer and benediction by Steve Aldach, the audience stood while the Colors were retired.
Everyone then assembled outside on the grounds for the wreath laying ceremony. Hanging the wreath was Auxiliary Vice President Lynda Hagen, followed with strewing of poppies by Auxiliary members.
The American Legion Firing Squad fired the 21 gun salute, and the meaningful notes of Taps were played by Troy Tande to end the ceremony.
There are 442 men and women resting in Brookside, Curran, Curran Valley, Pine Creek, Pole Grove, Trempealeau Valley, Trinity Rest, Sechlerville, Woodlawn and other cemeteries in the area. As always the Legion and Auxiliary appreciated those who took time to spend this Memorial Day honoring them and indeed every man and woman who served the United States with pride.