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Area full of Memorial Day weekend events

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Gazette staff
May 26, 2011

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 and includes a street dance Friday night; a carnival, concessions, a chicken BBQ and a 1 p.m. parade Saturday; and fireworks Saturday night.


The annual Reuben’s Run—a 5K run or one-mile walk—is Saturday morning. Registration is at Albany schools. For more information, call (608) 862-3225.


The American Legion Post No. 144’s chicken barbeque will run from Saturday to Monday. A parade will start at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the schools, with a service following in Legion Park.


Brodhead

Parade starts at 9 a.m. Monday at Veterans Memorial Park, ending at Greenwood Cemetery. A ceremony will follow.


Clinton

A parade will start at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the south end of Allen Street and proceed to Clinton High School, 112 Milwaukee Road, Clinton, for a ceremony. The ceremony will start at about 10 a.m. The speaker will be John Solis, Rock County veterans services officer.


Darien

American Legion Post 450 will host an observance starting at 11 a.m. Monday at the Darien Cemetery, Highway 14, after a short parade from the Darien Fire Station. The speaker will be Chris Jordan, Walworth County veterans services officer. The Delavan-Darien High School band will perform. A potluck will take place at noon at the Legion hall. In case of rain, all events will take place at the hall, 24 Market St., Darien.


Delavan

A parade will start at 9 a.m. Monday at Main and Walworth streets in downtown Delavan. The parade will march to St. Andrew/Spring Grove Cemetery and then to Old Settlers Cemetery. The ceremony will include music and a firing squad. The speaker will be Geoff Blumenfeld, and the poppy princess will be Taiya Schroeder.


In case of inclement weather, the ceremonies will take place at 9:30 a.m. Monday at Phoenix Middle School, 324 Beloit St., Delavan. American Legion members will attend a service at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at St. Andrew Church, 714 E. Walworth Ave., Delavan. For more information, call George Ballman at (262) 728-3558.


No services are planned in the town of Delavan.


East Troy

A parade starts at 10:30 a.m. Monday, starting at Main Street and Beulah Avenue and going to the village square for a Loomis-Martin Post 188 observance at about 11 a.m., with a gun salute and roll call of veterans.


Edgerton

A sit-down memorial program starts at 10 a.m. Monday at Edgerton Middle School gym. The program includes music by the Edgerton Middle School’s combined seventh- and eighth-grade band, plus speakers. The program will end outside of the school, with the firing of the volley and taps.


Elkhorn

A parade starts at 10:30 a.m. Monday starting downtown on Walworth Street and going to Veterans Park in front of Walworth County Government Center for a ceremony.


Evansville

The Gibbs Lake Gallop for Juvenile Diabetes Foundation 5K Run/Walk fundraiser will begin at 8 a.m. Monday at Gibbs Lake County Park, 9103 W. Gibbs Lake Road, Janesville. Call (608) 882-4159 or (608) 882-6775. The cost is $30.


The Memorial Day parade starts at 10 a.m. Monday and runs from the post office on First Street to Main Street to Cemetery Road, ending at Maple Hill Cemetery for a presentation. The speaker is Patrick Wilcox, who served as a sergeant in the Army Reserves from 1997 to 2005.


Evansville’s VFW Post 6905 will hold its annual Rally In The Alley from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday at the VFW, 179 E. Main St. The event includes pork sandwiches and brats and live music. The Evansville Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism raffle drawing is at 3 p.m. For more information, call the VFW at (608) 882-2335 or the chamber at (608) 882-5131.


Fontana

The Memorial Day parade is expected to begin at about 11 a.m. It will start at the post office, 185 Third Ave., continuing down Third Avenue to Lake Street.


Footville

A parade starts at 9 a.m. Monday on Depot Street, ending at Memorial Park for a ceremony including a speaker and a firing squad.


Janesville

Friday, May 27:


The public is invited to view Memorial Day parades at two Janesville elementary schools.


-- Adams School, 1138 E. Memorial Drive, will hold its parade from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Students will march around the block with patriotic floats and dressed in patriotic clothing or accessories.


-- Madison School, 330 N. Grant Ave., holds its parade around 2 p.m. Students and teachers will head south on Grant Avenue and continue around the block. Banners, floats and decorations are planned.


Sunday, May 29:


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


Services at the historic monument honor the “Janesville 99” and will include prayers, songs, a poem reading, commentary and patriotic rites.


The program will honor all veterans and remember the sacrifices of the tank heroes who endured the Bataan Death March and Japanese imprisonment during World War II.


Monday, May 30:


-- An 8 a.m. ceremony at the veterans’ section of Oak Hill Cemetery, 1725 N. Washington St.


-- A 9:30 a.m. ceremony at Milton Lawns Memorial Park & Chapel Mausoleum, 2200 Milton Ave. This outdoor program, next to the chapel mausoleum, will include a military color guard, the Janesville Fife & Drum Corps, a speaker from Veterans of Foreign Wars Kienow-Hilt Post 1621, local vocalist Eda Wilson plus a roll call of all veterans laid to rest at this location since Memorial Day 2010. In case of inclement weather, the program will take place inside the chapel.


-- An 11 a.m. parade 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, various veterans units, members of the National Guard, and representatives from the Rock County Sheriff’s Office.


-- At noon, the main and final ceremony of the holiday weekend will take place at Traxler Park.


Russ Steeber—who serves on the Janesville City Council, has a degree in public administration and is a retired captain of the Rock County Sheriff’s Office—will be the main speaker. American Legion Post 205 Chaplin Al Funk will deliver the invocation and benediction, Janesville vocalist Brian Hanson will sing, Sam Pierson will present her VFW Patriot’s Pen Essay speech, there will be a rifle salute and Taps will be played.


Flags will be placed at six battlefield crosses that represent wars United States service members have served in.


Seating is not available, so those wishing to sit during the ceremony are asked to bring lawn chairs.


-- Immediately after the noon service, a chili luncheon will be served at the VFW Clubhouse, 1015 Center Ave., Janesville. It is open to the public.


Lake Geneva

A parade will be held at 10 a.m. running from Wisconsin and Broad streets to the Riviera, 812 Wrigley Drive.


Orfordville

Kenneth S. Wells American Legion Post, Auxiliary Unit and SAL Squadron 209 Orfordville, will begin Memorial Day activities at 10:15 a.m. Monday in the Parkview High School gym, 106 W. Church St.


Lt. Karl Hanson, a veteran of Iraq and Bosnia, will speak. A parade will follow from the school to the Memorial Park for the annual rededication and reading of the 166 memorialized names.


The Legion chicken and pork chop barbeque will be served in the clubhouse for $7 for a full dinner with half chicken or one pork chop, or $8.50 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.


For more information, call Bobbe Stuvengen at (608) 879-2269 or Karl Stuvengen at (608) 879-2164.


Sharon

Members of the American Legion at 9 a.m. Monday will proceed to Oakwood Cemetery on Cemetery Road. The ceremony will include music from the Big Foot High School and Sharon Community School bands and a display by the Legion’s honor guard. Sharon school band director Dale Johnson will speak and play the bagpipes.


Turtle Township

A ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Town of Turtle Community Center, 6916 S. County Road J, Beloit. The observance will visit the Turtleville and Shopiere cemeteries before retiring to the community center for a video and refreshments.


Whitewater

A parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday, starting at First Citizens Bank, 1058 W. Main St., and continuing to the American Legion, 272 Wisconsin St. In case of inclement weather, the parade will be canceled, and Memorial Day activities will begin at 11 a.m. at the Legion building.


Williams Bay

A parade will be held at 10:45 p.m. Monday, running down Geneva Street.



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