Highland News Leader

Find time to attend a service this Memorial Day

Roland Harris
Roland Harris

There will be many celebrations for Memorial Day in the Highland area, and many are in the hands of Tony Haislar and the honor guard of the American Legion and VFW.

Our condolences to Tony and his family on the death of his dear wife, Joyce. I’m sure this Memorial Day weekend will be the toughest of Tony’s long career as squad leader of the honor guard. My “Tip-of-the-Hat” to a great guy, Tony Haislar. Our prayers are with you and your family.

Memorial Day weekend is a very special time for all of us veterans, remembering all our fellow veterans. Paul Siegrist, a classmate of mine at Highland High School and a good friend of my wife Lorna’s, who was killed in the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944, is always in our prayers at this time. I always say it is a bittersweet day, as it brings back many old memories, some of which we had trouble forgetting.

Memorial Days celebrations

▪ At Harris Cemetery near Alhambra, where most of my Harris ancestors are buried, Memorial Day services will be Saturday, May 27 at 10 a.m. The Rev. John Mindrup, assistant pastor of the Salem United Church of Christ of Alhambra, will conduct the services. We will be missing Sterling Schoen and his accordion for the accompaniment for our vocalists. Sterling was also a member of the Harris Cemetery Board of Directors. Sterling was the driving force for the restoration of Vincent Cemetery, northeast of Alhambra. I give another “Tip-of-the-Hat” award to Sterling Schoen.

▪ Services will be held on Sunday, May 28 at Rinderer Park, located on Veterans Honor Parkway in Highland, at noon. This will be followed by Robertson Cemetery, north of Pocahontas, at 2 p.m. Then Dugger Cemetery, at 1901 Lake Road, rural Highland, St. Jacob Township, will have a services 4 p.m. on Sunday, with the Rev. Phil Chapman officiating. There is plenty of parking at Dugger Cemetery, if we don’t get more rains.

▪ On Memorial Day, Monday, May 29 Mass will be at 8:30 a.m. on at St. Joseph Cemetery on Michael Road, followed by a salute from the honor guard and rifle squad at 9:15 a.m. Bring your folding chairs. If inclement weather, Mass and Memorial Day services will be at St. Paul church. Then, at 9:15 a.m., services will be held at the Suppiger Chapel at Highland City Cemetery. Don’t forget the Memorial Day parade and services at VFW Monday, May 29. The parade starting at 1 p.m. from St. Paul’s parking lot, to the VFW for 2 p.m. Services.

With all the Memorial Day services that the veterans are having in the Highland area, please find the place and time to attend.

Highland Home tours

The new Highland Home Museum will be open on the first Saturdays, starting June 3 at 1:30 p.m., with the last tour starting at 3:30. The next Saturday is July 1, and the Highland Home Museum opening will also be again at 1:30 p.m., with the last tour at 3:30. Other later dates are Saturday, Aug. 5; Sept. 2; Oct. 7; Nov. 4; and Dec. 2, 2017.

If you have family or friends coming at other dates, call me, Roland Harris, at 618-654-5005 or 618-303-0082, and we will try to accommodate your schedule.

The new museum is just about filled, so if you have promised photos or other items for the museum, please call and then bring them soon. A big thanks to the more than 460 people who have already brought items for the museum.

Many of the plastic panels and frames for the museum walls and pegboard are not complete, but items have been sorted and need gluing. Can you help?

A big thanks to seven museum helpers who have helped me the most: Larry Korte, Tom V. Korte, Jack Grotefendt, Beverly Hug Strackeljahn, John Harris, Luke Harris and my wife, Lorna for putting everything into our computer and the early sorting. Without those seven, I would be way behind schedule.

I hope you can visit the museum soon, to see what we have done to preserve Highland’s history and memorabilia.

Thanks again.