Memorial Day at The Highground wasn’t the same this year. The pandemic meant no ceremony, no speeches, no dedications, and no lunch stop at the Legion for Honor Ride participants. What the day stands for seemed to be more important though as several groups of riders and a steady stream of visitors made their way to the Park to pay tribute to the fallen.
An automated reading of the names of those missing in action or killed in action was played over the plaza speakers throughout the day, and the ringing of the replica Liberty Bell echoed across the grounds as riders made their way past the flag-lined entrance.
The Highground staff extends a thank you to all who attended the Ride with a special thank you to the Route Leaders: Bill Flemal, Dominic Anderson, Mark Dawson, Wade Hartung, Del Scanlon, and Dean Hommel. Thanks also go out to Bill McInnes for playing bagpipes throughout the day and Randy Bjerke for playing “Taps”.
“The Honor Ride has been a key fundraiser for The Highground, one of several that allows us to continue our mission to Honor, Educate and Heal,” shared Chris Pettis, Executive Director. “Although things looked a little different this year, it was important for us to be there to support the route leaders and riders, and welcome visitors to the Park.”
The Museum and Gift Shop have reopened under social distancing guidelines and the plaza and trails are open 24/7 for visitors to enjoy. For up-to-date event information, visit thehighground.us/calendar, sign up for our Enewsletter, and follow us on Facebook.