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A solemn duty

Oxford Legion scales back Memorial Day events while honoring the fallen
American Legion Post 537 Post Commander William Butterbaugh gives final instructions to Pat Kinney (middle) and Gomer Tandy prior to the start of a brief Memorial Day observance Monday, May 25, at the Oxford Veterans Memorial.

OXFORD– In a normal year, American Legion Post 537 in Oxford conducts Memorial Day observances in six cemeteries. The veterans typically bus from site to site participating in a short parade and drop a wreath into Rhine Creek. Later, a detachment deploys to Sutliff for the evening ceremony on the bridge.
2020, however, has been far from a “normal” year due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. With concerns for the health of the most vulnerable members and restrictions on the size of gatherings, lifted the following day by Governor Kim Reynolds, the Legion instead conducted a brief ceremony at the Oxford Veterans Memorial Monday, May 25.
Post 537 continues to seek donations and grants to replace the aging and crumbling block and stucco memorial. Post Commander William Butterbaugh estimated the group is about two-thirds of the way toward reaching the goal with cost estimates ranging from $80,000 to $90,000.

Pull Quotes
“For love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue.” James A. Garfield

“And they who for their country die shall fill an honored grave, for glory lights the soldier’s tomb, and beauty weeps the brave.” Joseph Rodman Drake (American poet)