Bong Historical Center Planning Fun Memorial Day Weekend

Updated: May 21, 2019 09:24 AM

Memorial Day celebrates and honors all military men and women who've lost their lives in the line of duty. The Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center in Superior is helping people celebrate with a free barbecue and military vehicle show. 

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Last year was the first time the center held a barbecue during Memorial Day weekend. Executive Director Hayes Scriven said the turnout exceeded expectations. While planning for the event this year, he said many people were recommending he add a car show. This is why he's moving up the date of the military vehicle show, which is normally held in August.

Scriven said vehicles from the Wisconsin National Guard and US Army Recruiting Office in Duluth will be on display. Folks will have a chance to climb in the cockpit of a war aircraft. 

As for the barbecue, Black Woods will be catering with brats, hot dogs and other foods. Great Lakes Bounce Houses will be providing some of their materials for kids to play on. Scriven explained they are putting this together to raise awareness of the holiday.

"When I've talked with veterans before," he says, "they say Memorial Day is so special. They gave their lives so we can enjoy our freedoms and they would want us to have a nice weekend like this."

The "Memorial Weekend Free BBQ and Vehicle Show" is Saturday, May 25 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It's free and open to everyone. The museum will have free admission throughout that day, too. 

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