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Parades and patriotism: Area full of Memorial Day weekend events

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Gazette staff
May 24, 2012

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 runs Friday through Monday in Legion Park and downtown. The event includes a Friday night street dance, a carnival, concessions and a chicken barbecue.


The annual Reuben's Runóa 5K run or one-mile walkóbegins at 8:30 Saturday morning. Registration is at Albany schools at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Vinton Street. For more information, call (608) 862-3225.


A parade will start downtown at 10:30 a.m. Monday.


Brodhead

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.


Clinton

Memorial Day events start at 9:30 a.m. Monday, with a parade from the intersection of Allen and Front streets to Clinton High School, 112 Milwaukee Road.


At 10 a.m., a program will be held in the high school gym. The middle and high school bands will perform, and an armed forces salute is planned. A military representative will be guest speaker for the program.


Darien

Memorial day events begin with a parade at 9:45 a.m. from the Darien Fire Department, 627 Madison St., to the Darien Cemetery. The ceremony at the cemetery will include the laying of the memorial wreath by Pearl Dodge of the American Legion Auxiliary and a guest speaker.


The Rev. Ken Markley of Darien Methodist Church will serve as the chaplain for the day.


After events at the cemetery, members of an honor guard firing squad will visit Fairfield Cemetery near County C and Allen's Grove Cemetery in Bradford Township.


After those ceremonies, a potluck dinner will be held at the American Legion Hall, 24 Market St., Darien.


Delavan

Memorial Day events start at 9 a.m. Monday with a parade that starts on Walworth Avenue and goes to the Spring Grove/St. Andrew's Cemetery.


Guest speaker for ceremonies at the cemetery is Col. John Scherer, a 1975 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. Poppy Princess Kianna Hiemstrew also will honor recently deceased veterans in a special ceremony.


Chaplain for the day will be the Rev. Todd Hardder of Faith Baptist Church, who also is a U.S. Air Force chaplain.


After ceremonies at Spring Grove, an honorary color guard and bugler will visit Rose Lawn and East Delavan cemeteries.


A luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 111 S. Second St. After the luncheon, an honorary color guard will march to the Phoenix Band Shell for a short ceremony.


Patriotic music will be performed at the band shell from 1 to 3 p.m.


East Troy

The Memorial Weekend Corn & Brat Roast is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m to 6 p.m., and on Monday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Village Square. The annual community-wide rummage sale will run Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


The Memorial Day observance will be held on the Village Square beginning at 10:30 a.m. following a parade, which begins at the intersection of Main Street and Beulah Avenue and proceeds east on Main Street to the square.


Edgerton

A sit-down memorial program starts at 10 a.m. Monday at the Edgerton Middle School gym, 300 Elm High Drive.


The program will include music by the combined seventh- and eighth-grade band, plus speakers including retired Vietnam War veteran U.S. Army Brig. Gen. James Daley.


The program wraps up outside of the school with the firing of the volley and the playing of taps.


Elkhorn

The Memorial Day parade starts at 10:30 a.m. at Jackson School on East Walworth Street and travels south to Church Street, then to the Government Center at 100 W. Walworth St. where memorial services will be held.


Evansville

The Evansville Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism will hold its first open golf classic starting at 9 a.m. Saturday at Evansville Golf Club, 8501 N. Cemetery Road, Evansville. Cost is $20 plus green fees. Call (608) 882-5131.


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. Cost is $30. Call (608) 882-6775.


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 ceremony.


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.


For more information, call the VFW at (608) 882-2335 or the chamber at (608) 882-5131.


Fontana

The Memorial Day parade begins at 10:30 at the Fontana Grade School and proceeds to Reid Park where a brief memorial service will be held.


Footville

A Memorial Day parade starts at 9 a.m. at the American Legion, 406 Old Highway 11, ending in Memorial Park. A ceremony will follow.


Janesville

Sunday, May 27


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


Services honoring the Janesville 99 will include prayers, songs, poems, commentary and patriotic rites. Sen. Tim Cullen, D-Janesville, will be the main speaker.


The service will honor all veterans and will remember, in particular, the sacrifices of the tank company that endured the Bataan Death March and imprisonment in Japan.


Monday, May 28


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


Wisconsin National Guard 1st Sgt. Bob Simonis of Delta Company, First Battalion 147th Aviation Regiment in Madison, will speak. A wreath also will be placed, the national anthem sung and the Pledge of Allegiance recited. An honorary color guard will present the flags, there will be a rifle salute and taps will be played.


The placing of two plaques will recognize companies that provided electric lines, lighting and a new fence around the veterans' grave section of the cemetery.


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


-- An 11 a.m. Memorial Day parade will start at the corner of High and Milwaukee streets, then proceed on Milwaukee Street to Main Street and into Traxler Park. During the parade, wreaths will be placed at the Doughboy statute to remember World War I veterans and on the bridge over the Rock River by the Fleet Reserve to remember departed Navy veterans.


-- A noon Memorial Day ceremony at Veterans Plaza in Traxler Park is planned.


Lt. Col. Joseph Hines, a Milton High School graduate and retired U.S. Army veteran, will speak. The event also will include the singing of the national anthem, the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, and all five branches of the military plus prisoners of war, those missing In action and Purple Heart recipients will be saluted.


Grace Schmaling, a sixth-grader at St. John Vianney Catholic School in Janesville, will present her VFW award-winning speech, "Am I Proud of the United States of America?"


The American flag will be folded and placed at the foot of the Battlefield Cross while wreaths will be placed for veterans of all wars and conflicts U.S. military troops have served in.


Immediately after the noon service, lunch will be served at the VFW Clubhouse, 1015 Center Ave., Janesville. The meal is open to the public. The menu includes sausage, gravy and biscuits plus chili and dessert.


Orfordville

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


U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer and Iraq War veteran Karl Stuvengen will speak.


A parade will follow from the school to Memorial Park for the annual rededication and reading of 170 memorialized names.


The Legion chicken and pork chop barbecue will be served after the parade in the clubhouse at Memorial Park. Cost is $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 (608) 879-2164.


Sharon

Members of the American Legion will gather at the Oakwood Cemetery on Cemetery Road at 9 a.m. Monday for ceremonies honoring the veterans buried there.


The Sharon Community Band will perform, as will the Big Foot High School band. Guest speaker will be Sharon Police Chief Brad Bucholz.


The Rev. Robert Neubert of Christ Lutheran Church, Sharon, will serve as chaplain for the day.


Turtle Township

Memorial events begin at 2 p.m. Sunday at Turtleville Cemetery on East Creek Road.


The names of the veterans will be read and flags placed on their graves by town of Turtle firefighters.


The group will proceed to Shopiere Cemetery on Butterfly Road in Shopiere and repeat the performance. Town of Turtle firefighters also will place flags on the graves.


Whitewater

A Memorial Day parade begins downtown at 10:30 starting at the First Citizens Bank and concluding at the American Legion Building. In case of inclement weather, the parade will be canceled, however, a program will be held at the American Legion Building, 272 Wisconsin St., beginning at 11 a.m.


Williams Bay

The Memorial Day parade will begin at 10 a.m. on Cherry Street and moves to Edgewater Park where the traditional service will be held. Announcements following the service will update the addition to the Veterans Memorial.



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