Area communities schedule Memorial Day events

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Gazette staff
Thursday, May 22, 2014

Many southern Wisconsin communities have planned events for Memorial Day weekend.

Here is a list of known events by community:



Yesteryears Days in Albany runs Friday night through Monday in Legion Park and downtown.

The festival includes a Friday night street dance, fireworks Saturday night in Legion Park and a Memorial Day parade at 10 a.m. followed by a service at the McDermett-Steindorf American Legion. The festival also includes a carnival, ball tournament, pedal tractor pull for kids, antique tractor show, flea market and bake sale.

The annual Reuben's Run—a 5K run/walk or one-mile walk—begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Registration is at Albany schools at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Vinton Street.

For more information, call 608-862-3225.


A Memorial Day parade will start downtown at 9 a.m. Monday. The route begins at Veterans Memorial Park and proceeds east on 12th Street, ending at Greenwood Cemetery. A ceremony will follow at the cemetery.



The Memorial Day parade starts at 9 a.m. in South Beloit, Illinois. It will travel along Blackhawk Boulevard into Beloit and onto State Street, turning right onto East Grand Avenue, traveling to Horace White Park at Park Avenue.

For more information, call 815-608-1256.


Memorial Day events start with a parade at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Clinton Senior Center, 508 Front St.

Children who are interested in riding a bike in the parade should gather at 9 a.m. at the senior center.

The parade will march to the Clinton High School, where there will be a short program.


A sit-down memorial program starts at 10 a.m. Monday at the Edgerton Performing Arts Center, 200 Elm High Drive, Edgerton.

The program will include guest speaker Mike Williams, who is the former Janesville parks and recreation director and a retired U.S. Army colonel, plus music by the combined seventh-and eighth-grade bands and singing by the Rock Valley Badger Chordhawks mens chorus. The service includes the playing of taps and a firing of the volley.

Also planned is a service at 1 p.m. Monday at the Anchor Inn, 709 E. Highway 59, Edgerton. The service includes an aircraft flyby.

Emerald Grove

The Emerald Grove Cemetery Auxiliary will present a Memorial Day program to honor veterans at 2 p.m. Memorial Day at Emerald Grove Church, 8127 E. Highway 14.

The featured speaker will be Rep. Janis Ringhand, who is a member of the Veterans and Military Affairs Legislative Committee.

During the ceremony, children will march to the cemetery to place flags and flowers on veterans' graves. A social hour will feature cake and ice cream in the church basement after the march.


The Grove Gallop for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation 5K/10K run and one-mile walk will begin at 8 a.m. Memorial Day at Lake Leota Park, Evansville. Cost is $30. Call 608-882-6775 or register at active.com through Sunday.

The Memorial Day parade starts at 10 a.m. on Main Street downtown and runs to Maple Hill Cemetery for a ceremony.

The annual “Rally in the Alley” event runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the VFW Post 6905, 179 E. Main St., Evansville. The event features food, music and raffles. For more information, call 608-882-2335.


A Memorial Day parade starts at 9 a.m. Memorial Day near the American Legion Post 237, 406 Old Highway 11, north on Depot Street through downtown, ending in Memorial Park. A ceremony will follow. For more information, call 608-876-6914.



-- A 7 p.m. ceremony will be held at the Company A 192nd Tank Battalion Monument downtown at the Corn Exchange, corner of Milwaukee and Franklin streets.

The program will include patriotic songs, speakers and poems. City Manager Mark Freitag will be the keynote speaker.

The service will honor the “Janesville 99” who endured the infamous Bataan Death March, POW camps, Hell Ships and slavery in Japan during World War II.


-- An 8 a.m. ceremony will take place in the veterans section of Oak Hill Cemetery, 1725 N. Washington St.

Vietnam veteran R.K. Mitby will speak. Susan Knudson of American Legion Post 205 will emcee the program. A wreath also will be placed, the honor squad will perform the rifle salute and taps will be played.

-- A 9:30 a.m. ceremony will be led by members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Kienow-Hilt Post 1621 at Milton Lawns Memorial Park and Chapel Mausoleum, 2200 Milton Ave.

-- An 11 a.m. Memorial Day parade will leave High Street, travel down Milwaukee Street and continue onto Main Street when wreaths will be placed at the Doughboy Statue and thrown into the Rock River from the bridge to remember those who gave their lives in the Navy. The parade honors those who died serving their country. There will not be any candy or other items distributed along the parade route into Traxler Park.

-- A noon Memorial Day ceremony at Veterans Plaza, Traxler Park. Janesville City Manager Mark Freitag, who is a retired Army Colonel, will deliver the main address. The program will include a flag-folding ceremony, wreath placement, rifle salute and taps.

Immediately after the noon service, a chili and biscuits and gravy lunch will be served at VFW Post 1621 at 1015 Center Ave.


Memorial Day services will begin at 10:15 a.m. Memorial Day at Parkview High School, 106 W. Church St. The speaker will be U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Kevin Wellnitz.

A parade will follow from the school to the American Legion clubhouse, 3913 S. Highway 213, where a ceremony will be held to rededicate Memorial Park. The Post will change its name from Kenneth S. Wells Post 209 to Wells–Davis–Young–Neal Post 209, which will honor three other native sons, Frederick C. Davis, Glenn H. Young and Benjamin H. Neal. They were killed in action during action in World War II, Vietnam and Afghanistan, respectively.

A chicken and pork chop BBQ will follow the rededication.



Memorial Day observances begin at 11 a.m. Memorial Day with a color guard and Darien American Legion ceremony at Darien Cemetery. The observance continues at Fairfield and Allen's Grove cemeteries. A potluck lunch will follow at Darien American Legion Hall, 24 Park St., Darien.


Memorial Day observances begin at 9 a.m. Memorial Day with a parade starting at Main Street and Walworth Avenue. It will proceed to Spring Grove Cemetery for a program including a dedication of the Civil War monument.

The guest speaker is Ken Wargo, chairman of the Civil War Monument Restoration Committee.

From there, they will go to Spring Grove Cemetery, Old Settlers Cemetery, East Delavan Cemetery and Roselawn Cemetery, all in the Delavan area.

Buglers for the day are Nicolas Duerig and Noah Quintero. Poppy Princess Hailee Monroe will attend the ceremonies.

A food and social hour will follow at the Delavan American Legion Post 95, 111 S. Second St., Delavan.

In case of rain, the event will be held at the Delavan-Darien High School auditorium at 9:30 a.m.

Town of Delavan

Memorial Day observances will begin at 1:30 p.m. Memorial Day at Delavan Community Park at Highway 50 and South Shore Drive. The ceremony will include American Legion color guard, bugler and wreath laying. Refreshments will be served in community center after the event.

East Troy

The Memorial Day weekend corn and brat roast is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday on the village square.

A parade will start at 10:30 a.m. Memorial Day at the corner of Beulah and Main streets and end at the village square. Following the parade, a service will be held at the square and is sponsored by the American Legion Loomis-Martin Post 188.


The Memorial Day parade starts outside the Elkhorn Area School District 1887 Building, 3 N. Jackson St., at 10 a.m. Memorial Day. The parade continues west on Walworth Street to Veterans Park, 100 W. Walworth St.

The American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars will visit North Geneva Cemetery at 7:30 a.m., Mount Pleasant Cemetery at 9 a.m., Hartwell Cemetery at 9:30 a.m., Hazel Ridge Cemetery and Olivet Cemetery after the parade. Lunch will be provided after the parade at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post Veterans 16 S. Broad St.


The Memorial Day parade begins at the Post Office, 185 3rd Ave., at 11 a.m. Memorial Day. Participants will march down 3rd Avenue, turn onto Lake Street and finish with a ceremony at Reid Park with members of the American Legion.

Lake Geneva

A Memorial Day parade will begin at 10 a.m. Memorial Day at the corner of Wisconsin and Broad streets. It will end at The Riviera, 812 Wrigley Drive, for an American Legion Post 24 ceremony.


Memorial Day observances will begin a 9 a.m. Memorial Day at Oakwood Cemetery, Cemetery Road.  The Bigfoot High School band and Sharon Elementary School band will play. There will be a rifle salute and a speech by a local veteran.

Sugar Creek

A Memorial Day service will be held at 9 a.m. Memorial Day at Sugar Creek Town Hall, N6641 County H. After the service, the Elkhorn Area Middle School band will lead a procession to Mount Pleasant Cemetery.


The Memorial Day parade will start at 9:45 a.m. Memorial Day at the Walworth Elementary School, 121 Beloit St., and continue to Walworth Center Cemetery on Kenosha Street for a 10 a.m. service.


Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5470 and Catholic Knights of Columbus of Whitewater/Palmyra will gather for a 9 a.m. service Memorial Day at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 1225 W. Main St.

Participants in Whitewater's parade will meet at 10 a.m. Memorial Day at First Citizens Bank, 207 W. Main St. The march starts at 10:30, ending at the American Legion Post 173 Building, 292 S. Wisconsin St. for an 11 a.m. ceremony with refreshments. Whitewater High School and Middle School bands will play in the parade. Jim Stewart, retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel, is the parade's guest speaker and will be escorted by Steve Nass, the Master of Ceremonies.

Williams Bay

Williams Bay starts its parade at Sherwood Lodge, 116 Cherry St., at 10:30 a.m. Memorial Day before marching along Highway 67 to a service at the memorial wall in Edgewater Park for a ceremony.

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