By Tim Kowols
The tradition of reading the names of the fallen Door County soldiers at the Sturgeon Bay Memorial Day services still rings true for many attending the ceremony. The general public joined veterans and their family members in filling the Sturgeon Bay Fire Department truck bays to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for their county and their country. After former State Secretary of Veterans Affairs John Scocos spoke to the capacity crowd, leaders from the county’s veterans organizations read the names of fallen soldiers dating back to the Civil War. County Veterans Service Officer Scott MacFarlane says it is still emotional to listen to year after year.
Sister Bay, Washington Island, Kewaunee, Luxemburg, Casco, and Algoma hosted their own Memorial Day services on Monday. Southern Door County veterans commemorated the holiday Sunday with services at over 20 different cemeteries.