The Crofton American Legion Post #128 members hosted and carried out Memorial Day services at cemeteries around Crofton on Monday, May 30. The photo was taken on Monday, Memorial Day, outside the city auditorium following the Memorial Day service.
The Honor Guard/Rifle Corps gave the gun salute and the playing of “Taps” for fallen soldiers. Legion Members included, front row (l to r): Edwin Kleinschmit, Earl Johnson, Dave Donner, Dennis Johnson, Jim Wortmann, Nick Folkers, Robert Suing, Dave Ausdemore, Bob Haberer, and Neal Neuhalfen; and back row (l to r): Dan Guenther, Phillip Luebbers, Franny Guenther, John Merkel, Jim Hames, Bill Cobler, Bob Donner, Glenn Loeker, and Shane Wieseler.
With the observance of Memorial Day, or Decoration Day as it was known, so deeply rooted in remembering the Civil War dead, here is the headstone of Civil War veteran, Fred Douglas who enlisted in the 12th Wisconsin Light Artillery at the age of 32 in 1864. Douglas passed away on Feb. 7, 1909 and was one of the first Crofton residents to be interred in the Crofton Cemetery.
Taps is played to conclude each Memorial Day cemetery service. Taps dates back to the Civil War, adapted by Major General Daniel Butterfield for his brigade in 1862 as a signal to extinguish lights.