Parades and patriotism: Area full of Memorial Day weekend events
Many southern Wisconsin communities have planned events for Memorial Day weekend.
Here is a list of known events by community.
Yesteryears Days in Albany is Friday to Monday in Legion Park and downtown. It includes a street dance Friday night, a carnival, concessions, a chicken BBQ and a parade at 1 p.m. Saturday. The 29th Annual Reuben's Run—5k run or one-mile walk—is Saturday morning. Registration is at Albany schools. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The American Legion Post No. 144's chicken BBQ will run from Saturday to Monday. A parade will start at 10 a.m. Monday with a service following in Legion Park.
Parade starts at 9 a.m. Monday at Veterans Memorial Park, ending at Greenwood Cemetery. A ceremony will follow.
The annual Memorial Day Parade and Program will be at 9 a.m. Monday, in downtown Clinton at Front and Allen streets. The theme will be Honoring Vietnam Veterans. The parade will proceed to Clinton High School, 112 Milwaukee Road, for a program. The speaker will be Mike Hahn.
Call Ray Aarud at (608) 676-4661 if you are interested in being part of the parade. Floats and veterans still are welcome. Veterans need not be members of a specific organization to march in the parade. Call Dennis Fargo at (608) 676-4025 for more information.
Members of the American Legion Post 95 will host a parade Monday.
The ceremony starts at 9 a.m. at Main Street and Walworth Avenue by Tower Park. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be at 9:30 a.m. in the auditorium at Delavan-Darien High School.
The ceremony will include trips to Old Settlers and Spring Grove cemeteries.
Pastor Michael Ploeger of Creek Road Community Church will lead the service. The poppy princess is Kayla Malsch. The speaker will be Aaron Nieuwenhuis, an Iraq war veteran.
If the weather is bad, the ceremony will be at 9:30 a.m. at Phoenix Middle School.
The village's annual Corn and Brat Roast on the village square is planned for Saturday through Monday, May 29 to 31. Weekend hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Monday hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Monday, there will be a Memorial Day parade starting at 10:30 a.m. The parade leaves from the American Legion Loomis-Martin Post 188, 2870 School St., and ends at the Village Square.
Edgerton will hold a sit-down memorial program at 10 a.m. Monday, May 31, at Edgerton Middle School gym. The program will include music by the Edgerton Middle School's combined seventh- and eighth-grade band, a speech and patriotic poetry reading by an Edgerton High School student and a speech by an Iraq War veteran. The program will end outside of the school, with the firing of the volley and taps.
Edgerton also will hold the annual VFW Jamboree from noon to 11 p.m. May 27 through May 30 at Edgerton's Racetrack Park.
The festival includes a carnival, games, food stands and a beer garden with music from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights, and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.
Memorial Day parade starts at 10:30 a.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post on Broad Street (Across from City Hall). The parade goes through downtown and ends at Veteran's Park, 100 W. Walworth St.
Also on Memorial Day is the Shrine Circus at the county fairgrounds, with showings at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Children's parade starts at the Emerald Grove Church at 2 p.m. Monday. Children will march to the Emerald Grove Cemetery from the church for a program. Afterwards, an ice-cream social will take place at the church.
The "Giddy Up!" Juvenile Diabetes Foundation 5K Run/Walk fundraiser will begin at 8 a.m. Monday at Gibbs Lake County Park, North Eagle Road. Treats and "goodie" bags will be given to participants at the finish line.
Registration forms are available at: Piggly Wiggly, 8 County M; Evansville Pharmacy, 21 W. Main St.; and Dave's Ace Hardware, 755 Brown School Road; or visit ub-t.com/gallop.html.
A parade will start at 10 a.m. Monday at the post office—corner of 1st and Main streets—marching to Maple Hill Cemetery for a service.
The annual VFW Rally in the Alley event will feature live music, food and a raffle from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the VFW Post 6905, 179 E. Main St., Evansville. For information, call (608) 882-2335.
The Evansville Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism will be selling 700 raffle tickets to benefit the Evansville High School Scholarship Fund, Economic Development Initiatives, Tourism Promotion, and the Buy Local Program.
Tickets are $20 each or six for $100 and are available at the chamber, 8 W. Main St., and from Evansville businesses and establishments displaying the red Rally in the Alley Raffle poster. For more information, contact the chamber at (608) 882-5131.
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 then will proceed to Reid Park in Fontana for a service at 11 a.m.
A parade starts at 9 a.m. Monday on Depot Street, ending at Memorial Park for a ceremony including a speaker and the firing squad.
A Memorial Day service, sponsored by American Legion Post 183, begins at 10 a.m. Monday at Brookwood Elementary School, 630 Kossuth St. A parade follows at 11 a.m. and proceeds to the former Legion Hall, 332 Fellows Road.
Sunday, May 30
-- There will be a 7 p.m. ceremony at the Company A 192 Tank Battalion Monument at the Corn Exchange, corner of West Milwaukee and South Franklin streets, downtown Janesville.
The program will honor all veterans and remember the sacrifices of the tank company heroes who endured the Bataan Death March and Japanese imprisonment during World War II.
Jim Opolony, of the Bataan Commemorative Research Project, will be the keynote speaker. The award-winning Web project documents all the companies of the 192nd Tank Battalion and their experiences before, during and after the Bataan Death March, prison camps and Hell Ships of the World War II Pacific Theater. He teaches at Proviso East High School in Maywood, Ill, is a facilitator of the project, along with several teachers and many students at the school. Maywood is the home of Company B of the tank company.
Janesville 99 children and grandchildren will participate in the ceremony. A flag ceremony will be conducted to honor Louis Wallisch, the last of the Janesville 99, who died last fall.
Monday, May 31
-- An 8 a.m. ceremony at the veterans' section of Oak Hill Cemetery, 1725 N. Washington St.
Lauren O'Dell, a Craig High School senior and winner of the VFW Voice of Democracy contest, will speak.
Brian Hansen will sing. Janesville Patriotic society members will make up the color guard and rifle squad. A wreath will be placed and "Taps" will be played in remembrance of veterans who gave their lives defending this country.
-- An 11 a.m. parade that will start at the corner of High and Milwaukee streets, then proceed on Milwaukee Street to Main Street and into Traxler Park.
Marching in the parade will be members of Parker and Craig high school bands; a veterans honor guard and rifle squad; representatives of the Janesville police, fire and Rock County Sheriff's departments, members of patriotic organizations, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and the National Guard. A wreath will be placed at the Doughboy Statue and in the Rock River from the Milwaukee Street Bridge in memory of dead members of the armed forces of all wars.
-- At noon, the main and final ceremony of the holiday weekend will take place at Traxler Park.
O'Dell will present "Does America Still Have Heroes?" the title of her winning VFW Voice of Democracy contest essay. The Craig High School senior will graduate in June. She is the daughter of Stephen and Clare O'Dell of Janesville. During high school, she has been active in band, forensics, golf, National Honors Society, Spanish Honors Society, has achieved academic excellence and will graduate in the top 6 percent of her class. O'Dell volunteers at Mercy Health System, House of Mercy homeless shelter, St. John Vianney Catholic Church, the Janesville School District and with other organizations as need arises. She plans to pursue a career in pharmacy or medicine and will continue her studies this fall at UW-Green Bay.
Also speaking is Ryan Webb on "Memories from the Past," the title of his winning forensics speech.
The Parker High School senior is involved in Parker Playhouse and Teen Book Club. He chose the Vietnam War Memorial as his forensics speech topic this year since this is a trying time in America's history. But he also had the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C., to visit the Vietnam Memorial through the Washington Seminar Field study. With his speech, he won a third-place forensics trophy at the Lodi competition and a gold medal at state.
At this ceremony, the Craig High School Band will play the National Anthem. Brian Hansen will sing. Members of the Janesville Patriotic Society will perform color guard and rifle squad duties plus play "Taps."
Wreaths will be placed in honor of veterans from each of America's wars and conflicts and there will be a flag folding and battlefield crosses ceremony.
Seating is not available, so those wishing to sit during the ceremony are asked to bring lawn chairs.
-- Immediately after the noon service, a lunch will be served at the VFW Clubhouse, 1015 Center Ave., Janesville. It is open to the public.
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.
Kenneth S. Wells American Legion Post Auxiliary Unit and SAL Squadron 209 Orfordville will have their traditional Memorial Day activities on Monday.
The program will start at 10:30 a.m. at the Parkview High School gym. Tori Duncan, a U.S. Navy veteran, will give the message. A parade will follow from the school to the Memorial Park for the annual rededication and reading of the 165 memorialized names.
The Legion Chicken and Pork Chop BBQ will be served in the clubhouse for $7 for a full dinner with half chicken or one pork chop and $8.50 for two pork chops.
The Legion Firing Squad will give its three-volley salute at the park and later at Kenneth Wells' gravesite in the nearby cemetery.
For more information, contact Bobbe Stuvengen at (608) 879-2269 or Kurt Stuvengen at (608) 879-3325.
The American Legion Post 130 will host a ceremony at 9 a.m. Monday at Oakwood Cemetery, Sharon. The Big Foot High School and Sharon Elementary School bands will perform. A rifle salute and flag ceremony will take place, and the names of deceased veterans will be announced. Sharon Community School Administrator Steve Huebbe will be the guest speaker.
A Memorial Day service, sponsored by VFW Post 5470 and Knights of Columbus Council 1690, begins at 9 a.m. Monday at Hillside Cemetery.
The Memorial Day parade, sponsored by American Legion Post 173, begins at 10:30 a.m. Monday 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.
The public is invited to view military items on display at the Legion Hall before and after the parade.
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.