A day to pause and remember

It began as a commemoration of the hundreds of thousands who died in the American Civil War. Since then, it has grown to honor all of those who have died in service to their country.

Memorial Day will be marked again this coming weekend as it has for more than a century and a half.

Locally, events are planned from one end of the county to the other, beginning on Saturday and culminating on Monday.

PLYMOUTH

The annual Memorial Day parade and ceremony is sponsored this year by the World’s Cheese Capitol Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5612.

As in past Memorial Day parades, the marshaling area is on Main Street between Stafford and Smith streets in the St. John Lutheran Church parking lot. The parade will step off at 10 a.m.

The parade will go west on Main Street to Caroline Street, south on Caroline to East Mill Street, east on East Mill to North Street and then to Union Cemetery, where there will be a brief program.

In the event of inclement weather, the parade will not be held and the program will be presented at Riverview Middle School.

ADELL

The Annual Adell Memorial Day Parade is set for Monday, May 27, to begin at 10 a.m.

The Random Lake High School band will be led down the village streets by the Russell Mulder American Legion Post 462.

The parade route begins at the ball park, then goes north to Wisconsin Street, south to Edgewood Street, east to Milwaukee Street and then north to the Village Park.

All children from the area are invited to march and ride their decorated bicycles in the parade. Cash prizes will be awarded. Businesses and organizations are also welcome to be part of the parade.

Immediately following the parade will be a program honoring veterans in the Adell Fire Department, followed by a brat fry with brats, burgers, potato salad and dessert in the park from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Army Sgt. Jason Geiser will be the guest speaker at the program. Geiser served in Afghanistan form Jan. 16, 2010 to Jan. 15, 2011, providing security duty for military convoys.

Geiser, a 2003 Random Lake High School alumnus, will talk about his experiences and what U.S. Forces are accomplishing in Afghanistan.

CASCADE

The Ambelang-Ebelt-Lau American Legion Post 386 will host the Cascade Memorial Day program at 10 a.m. Monday, May 27, at the Lions Clubhouse.

Cascade Village Board Trustee Jerry Hendrickson will be the guest speaker at the ceremony.

A brat fry, sponsored by the Lions Club, will follow the program.

ELKHART LAKE

The village’s annual Veterans Memorial Tribute program, sponsored by the village of Elkhart Lake and the Elkhart Lake Lions Club, will be held Saturday, May 25, at 11 a.m. in Memorial Park at the corner of Chicago Street and State 67.

The guest speaker will be Col. Ronald L. Wilson. Wilson was born and raised in Elkhart Lake and is a 1978 graduate of Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah High School. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Superior in 1982 and entered the Air Force in 1983 after receiving his commission from the Reserve Officer Training Corps. He served eight years of active duty, followed by more than 22 years in the Air National Guard.

Wilson has received more than 25 major awards and decorations during his Air Force career, including the Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Award, Air medal, Air Force commendation medal, Combat Action medal and campaign medals for his service in Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq.

The program will include participants from the Elkhart Lake Lions Club, the American Legion as well as the Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah High School band and chorus, and others from the community.

The ceremony will be followed by a brat fry and refreshments at the Elkhart Lake Lions Club from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Proceeds will go toward upkeep of the memorial and park grounds.

The public is invited to attend and should bring lawn chairs or blankets. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah High School auditorium.

GREENBUSH

The Memorial Day program, Monday, May 27, at 10:30 a.m. in the Greenbush Cemetery, is sponsored by the Haslee-Doeberrt-Schmidt American Legion Post and the Spring Valley 4-H Club.

In case of rain, the services will be held in the Greenbush Town Hall.

HOWARDS GROVE

The annual Memorial Day parade, sponsored by the Howards Grove VFW Post 9924, will start at Klemme’s Wagon Wheel restaurant at 10 a.m. Monday, May 27.

The parade will proceed through the village to Memorial Park.

The Memorial Day program will start at 10:30 a.m., following the parade, in Memorial Park. In case of rain, the program will be held in the Howards Grove High School gymnasium.

The Lions Club will sponsor a brat fry at 11 a.m.

KOHLER

Kohler native Col. Robert C. Horneck will be the featured speaker at the Kohler Memorial Day observance Monday, May 27.

The day will start with a parade beginning at 8 a.m. The parade will proceed down School Street to the Kohler Cemetery for the Memorial Day program.

After graduating from Kohler High School in 1983, Horneck attended Michigan Tech and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the ROTC program in 1987.

Horneck served three combat tours: in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm in 1990-91; a 15-month deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2007-08; and most recently to Kabul, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2011.

He has earned two Bronze Stars, five Meritorious Service medals, four Army Commendation medals, two Army Achievement medals and the Army Overseas service ribbon.

Horneck is currently assigned to the Headquarters United States 3rd Army, where he serves as the G4 Chief of Plans, Exercise, Programs and Policies Division.

In addition, there will be a Memorial Day program at Greenlawn Memorial Park, 6706 Superior Ave., at 11:45 a.m. Monday, May 27.

Bagpipers will lead all participants up the Walk of Honor in the Garden of Valor. The master of ceremonies will be Mike Liebelt of The Retired Enlisted Association. Members of Boy Scout Troop 801 will lead the Pledge of Allegiance and VFW Post 9156 will provide a firing squad. The program will conclude with a dove release by the Wings of the Heart.

Capt. Sean M. Murphy, Wisconsin Army National Guard, will be the guest speaker. Murphy has served 22 years in the Army and National Guard, including tours of duty in Iraq and Kosovo. He is now a full-time member of the Wisconsin Army National Guard and his current assignment is commander of B Co., 257th Brigade Support Battalion.

Ample parking is available and the public is reminded to bring lawn chairs.

OOSTBURG

The Memorial Day parade and program, sponsored by the American Legion Post 286 of Oostburg, will take place Monday, May 27.

The parade will begin at the Legion clubhouse on North 11th Street at 8:45 a.m. Participating groups are asked to be at the clubhouse at 8:15 a.m.

The parade will go east on Center Avenue to the Oostburg High School, where the Memorial Day program will be held in the gymnasium.

The public is invited to view the parade and attend the program.

TOWN OF RHINE

The town’s annual Memorial Day picnic, sponsored by St. Peter Church in the town of Rhine, will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, May 27, at the town of Rhine Civil War Memorial, at the corner of County FF and Rhine Road.

The monument, one of the first in the state erected following the Civil War, was dedicated July 4, 1868, in remembrance of 115 men from the town of Rhine who volunteered to serve in the Union Army. The names of 23 of those soldiers who were killed in action are inscribed on the monument along with the battles where they died.

The picnic will feature brats, hamburgers and other refreshment; kids activities; and raffles.

There will be a Memorial Day parade at 1 p.m.

SHEBOYGAN FALLS

Sheboygan Falls American Legion Post 149 will hold its annual Memorial Day Parade and Program Monday, May 27.

The 2013 Memorial Day parade will start at 9:30 a.m. at the corner of Giddings and Pine streets in downtown Sheboygan Falls.

The parade will travel north on Broadway Street, before taking a left on Maple Street and ended in front of the Sheboygan Falls Municipal Building. The parade lineup will begin at 9 a.m.

The American Legion is asking those attending the parade to bring American flgas and wave them as parade participants pass by.

A program will follow at the Municipal Building at 10 a.m.

The American Legion Color Guard will present the colors and the program will end with the Color Guard retrieving the colors and the gun salute.

The Sheboygan Falls High School Band will conclude the program with the playing of Taps.


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