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Area communities plan Memorial Day events

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Gazette Staff
May 22, 2008

Many southern Wisconsin communities have planned events for Memorial Day weekend. Here is a list of known events by community.


Albany

Yesteryears Days in Albany is Friday to Monday in Legion Park and downtown. A Memorial Day parade will start at 10:30 a.m. Monday. Call the chamber of commerce at (608) 862-3299 for more information.


Brodhead

Parade starts at 9 a.m. Monday at Veterans Memorial Park, ending at Greenwood Cemetery. A ceremony will follow the parade, with a cemetery tour after.


Clinton

This year’s Memorial Day program will offer special tribute to Korean War veterans.


The ceremony, sponsored by the Dary-Paulsen American Legion Post No. 444 and the Clinton Memorial VFW Post No. 10430, is 10 a.m. Monday at Clinton High School, 112 Milwaukee Road, Clinton, following the Memorial Day parade at 9:30 a.m. on Allen Street.


Darien

The Memorial Day parade, sponsored by American Legion Post 450, begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Legion Hall, 24 Market St., and proceeds to Darien Cemetery for a service at 11 a.m.


The Rev. David Hawley of Christian Life Church, Delavan, will give the opening prayer, and Rep. Mike Sheridan will speak.


Delavan

Members of American Legion Post 24 and Auxiliary Unit 24 will decorate the graves of veterans buried in Spring Grove Cemetery and St. Andrew’s Cemetery at 1 p.m. today.


A church service begins at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Christ Episcopal Church, 503 E. Walworth Ave. Participating veterans should be at church by 10:15 a.m.


The Memorial Day parade, sponsored by American Legion Post 24, begins at 9 a.m. Monday at the Legion Hall, 111 S. Second St., and proceeds to Spring Grove Cemetery and St. Andrew’s Cemetery. A service follows at 9:45 a.m. Raymond Hubbard, who lost his leg in a mortar explosion in July 2006 and later received the Purple Heart for his service in Iraq, will speak.


Edgerton

Edgerton’s Memorial Day celebration starts today with the VFW Jamboree at VFW Park, 405 Swift St. The jamboree starts at 6 p.m. today and Friday, at 1 p.m. Saturday and at noon Sunday, running until about 11 p.m. It features music, refreshments, games and rides. Admission is free.


On Monday, a memorial squad will meet at 6:30 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building, 414 Albion St. It will tour five cemeteries before heading to the middle school for a program.


The Edgerton Middle School program begins at 10 a.m. Monday at 300 Elm High Drive. It features a speaker and two middle school bands. The public is invited.


Elkhorn

The Memorial Day parade, sponsored by American Legion Post 45 and VFW Post 6375, begins at 10:30 a.m. Monday near Jackson Elementary School, 3 N. Jackson St., and moves west down Walworth Street to the Walworth County Government Center, 100 W. Walworth St. A service follows at 11 a.m. Richard Haney, a retired UW-Whitewater professor and author of “When is Daddy coming home? An American family during World War II,” will speak.


Emerald Grove

A ceremony sponsored by the Emerald Grove Cemetery Auxiliary, begins at 2 p.m. Monday at Emerald Grove Church, 8127 E. Highway 14. Rev. William Weiss will speak. Children will march to the Emerald Grove Cemetery and decorate soldiers’ graves. Afterwards, participants will enjoy cake and ice cream at the church.


Evansville

VFW, American Legion and Boy Scouts will place flags on veterans’ graves at Maple Hill Cemetery at 9 a.m. Saturday.


The parade starts at 10 a.m. Monday at the post office—corner of 1st and Main streets— marching to Maple Hill Cemetery for a service. Guest speaker is Rose Wenger, state president of the American Legion Auxiliary.


“Rally in the Alley” will start after the parade at VFW Post 6905, 179 E. Main St. Music will be by Dale Sabroff, karaoke, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m.; Dan Reilly, one-man band, from 1 to 3 p.m. Food and drinks will be available all day. A silent auction sponsored by American Legion Post 35 will run from noon to 2 p.m.


Fontana-Walworth

Memorial Day services sponsored by American Legion Post 102 and VFW Post 10669 are at 8 a.m. Monday at Cobble Stone Cemetery and 9 a.m. Monday at Brick Church Cemetery.


The Memorial Day parade begins at 9:45 a.m. Monday near Walworth Elementary School, 121 Beloit St., and proceeds to Walworth Cemetery, where a service begins at 10 a.m. The parade will then proceed to Reid Park in Fontana for an 11 a.m. service.


Footville

A parade starts at 9 a.m. Monday on Depot Street, ending at Memorial Park for a ceremony including a guest speaker from the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, the firing squad and the Parkview High School band.


Genoa City

A Memorial Day service, sponsored by American Legion Post 183, begins at 10 a.m. Monday at Brookwood Elementary School, 630 Kossuth St. Chris Jordan, Walworth County veterans service officer, will speak. A parade follows at 11 a.m. and proceeds to the Legion Hall, 332 Fellows Road.


Janesville

Sunday:


-- There will be a 7 p.m. ceremony at the Company A 192nd Tank Battalion Monument, at the Corn Exchange, corner of Milwaukee and Franklin streets. This program will honor all veterans but in particular the Janesville-area soldiers who endured the infamous Bataan Death March, POW camps, hell ships and slavery in Japan during World War II.


The program will include patriotic songs performed by Kevin Vechinsky, speech by Iraq veteran and recent graduate of UW-Whitewater Micheal Hahn, and the laying of the wreath by Duane Durrant, brother-in-law of the late John Burke, a member of the Janesville 99.


During the flag-folding ceremony, an American flag will be presented to Janice Wallisch, daughter of Lewis Wallisch of Janesville, who is one of the remaining survivors of the 192nd, also known as “The Janesville 99.”


Monday:


-- An 8 a.m. ceremony will be held at the veterans’ section of Oak Hill Cemetery, 1725 N. Washington St. Col. John McCoy, a Janesville native and member of the Wisconsin Natural Guard, will speak. He replaced Brig. Gen. Gerald C. Olesen earlier this year. Brian Hansen will sing.


-- There will be a 9:30 a.m. ceremony at Milton Lawns Memorial Park Cemetery, 2200 Milton Ave. The VFW firing squad will be featured.


-- An 11 a.m. parade will start at the corner of High and Dodge streets, move onto West Milwaukee Street and then South Main Street, before ending at Court Street.


-- At noon, the main and final ceremony of the holiday weekend will take place in Lower Courthouse Park, corner of Main and Court streets. Michelle Sharp, Orfordville, who is a Parkview High School student and the winner of the local VFW Voice of Democracy speech contest, will be the featured speaker.


At this ceremony, music will be played by the Craig High School Band and the Janesville Fife & Drum Corp. Brian Hansen will sing.


-- Immediately after the noon service, a lunch will be served at the VFW clubhouse, 1015 Center Ave. It is open to the public.


Lake Geneva

The Memorial Day parade, sponsored by American Legion Post 24, begins at 10 a.m. Monday at Wisconsin and Broad streets and proceeds to The Riviera, 812 Wrigley Drive. A service follows at 10:30 a.m. The co-valedictorians from Badger High School will speak, and the Lake Geneva Country Gentlemen will sing a medley of patriotic songs.


Magnolia Township

Luther Valley Historical Society and Magnolia Advent Church will celebrate Historic Preservation Month and Memorial Day with a joint program from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Magnolia Church, 14726 W. County A, Evansville. Included will be patriotic songs and a slideshow honoring veterans from the Civil War to Iraq. A cemetery walk of East Magnolia Cemetery will highlight Civil War veterans and early pioneers of Magnolia. Light refreshments will be served. Call (608) 752-1104 with questions.


Milton

Milton's memorial observance will start at 9 a.m. Monday at Milton High School, 114 W. High St., with music and a roll call of veterans. At 10 a.m., a solemn march will start at Veterans Park at the corner of Hilltop Drive and High Street. It will proceed down Hilltop Drive to Madison Avenue, ending at the cemetery on John Paul Road. The Cemetery Association will hold a ceremony there and children can lay flowers on veterans' graves. An honor guard will proceed to the St. Mary Cemetery and the Highway 26 Cemetery for similar ceremonies. All youth organizations are welcome to join the march, as well as active or retired members of all branches of our Armed Forces.


Orfordville

Kenneth S. Wells American Legion Post, Auxiliary Unit and SAL Squadron 209 Orfordville, will have their traditional activities starting at 10:30 a.m. Monday in the Parkview High School gym, 106 W. Church St.


William Kloster, deputy secretary for the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, will give the address. A parade will follow from the school to the Memorial Park at the clubhouse for the annual rededication and reading of the 161 memorialized names. The Legion chicken and pork chop BBQ will be served. Cost for a full dinner with half chicken or one pork chop is $7 or $8.50 and for two pork chops.


The Legion Firing Squad will give a three-volley salute at the park and later at Kenneth Wells’ gravesite in the nearby cemetery.


Call Bobbe Stuvengen at (608) 879-2269 with questions.


Sharon

A Memorial Day service, sponsored by American Legion Post 130, begins at 9 a.m. Monday at Oakwood Cemetery. The Sharon Community School band will play taps, and the Big Foot High School band will play “The Star-Spangled Banner.”


Turtle Township

The sixth annual Memorial Day ceremony and cemetery tour starts at 2 p.m. Sunday. The opening service will be at the Turtle Community Center, 6916 S. County J, Beloit, with Pastor Norm Starks officiating.


After a flag ceremony, programs will take place at the Turtleville and Shopiere cemeteries to honor veterans with the Turtle Fire Department placing flags at veterans’ graves.


The program will wrap up with lunch at the Community Center. All are welcome.


Whitewater

A Memorial Day service, sponsored by VFW Post 5470 and Knights of Columbus Council 1690, begins at 9 a.m. Monday at Calvary Cemetery. The Rev. Rafael Rodriguez of St. Patrick Catholic Church will give a memorial homily.


The Memorial Day parade, sponsored by American Legion Post 173, begins at 10:30 a.m. at First Citizens State Bank, 207 W. Main St., and moves east to the Legion Hall, 272 Wisconsin St. A program follows at 11 a.m.


Williams Bay

The Memorial Day parade, sponsored by VFW Post 2373, begins at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Cherry and Clover streets and proceeds to Edgewater Park for a service at 11 a.m. Village President and Post Commander Don Weyhrauch will speak.


Click here to view a slideshow of area memorials in honor of Memorial Day.

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