To pause and remember

Parades, ceremonies, programs planned throughout the county to mark Memorial Day

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 Plymouth Memorial Day parade is scheduled to step off at 10 a.m. Monday May 26.

The Ladewig-Zinkgraf American Legion Post 243 is hosting the parade.

The parade will be honoring Deb Prenning and Caren Schultz, Gold Star Mothers. They are a Gold Star Mother because each had a son that served in the armed forces of the United Sates and died in service to our country. They will be escorted by first time-attendees Patriot Riders. This group provides a barrier between the grieving family of a fallen soldier and protestors, plus they honor all of our fallen heroes.

Pearl Harbor survivor Bud Sweeny will also attend. This year’s Honorary Parade Marshal will be Linda Wieck of the Camo Quilt Project.

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.

This year’s guest speaker for the program will be William Ray who spent 50 years in service to our country as an U.S. Army officer and then as a civilian consultant/trainer for the Army.

Plymouth High School Sophomore Kayla Lentz, junior member of the Ladewig-Zinkgraf American Legion Auxiliary, is the Poppy Princess and will recite the poem “Flanders Field” at the Union cemetery program.

Father Dennis Van Beek, retired priest and past pastor of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, will give the invocation at the cemetery program, which will also feature selections from the Plymouth High School marching band under the direction of Jason Sebranek.. Eagle Scout Chaz Halderson will lead the assembly at the cemetery in the Pledge of Allegiance.

In case of rain the parade will be cancelled and the program will be held at Riverview Middle School auditorium.

ADELL

The Annual Adell Memorial Day Parade is set for Monday, May 26, 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 Hall, followed by a brat fry with brats, burgers, potato salad and dessert in the park from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Master Sgt. Shannon Lee will be the guest speaker. A native of St. Francis, Lee enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1993. He was deployed to Saudi Arabia in 1994 in support of Operation Southern Watch.

In 1999, Lee transferred to the Air National Guard and now serves as full-time education and training manager for the 128th Maintenance Group at Mitchell Field in Milwaukee.


KAYLA LENTZ, 15, a sophomore at Plymouth High School, has been chosen as the 2014 Poppy Princess. She is a junior member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 243 of Plymouth. Lentz has helped her unit with their annual chili supper and soup extravaganzas and will be placing poppies in our local cemeteries at the sites of all deceased auxiliary members. She is a twoyear letter winner on the PHS swim and dive team, participates in Track & Field, and is a member of Momentum, the PHS Swing Choir. Lentz also enjoys Student Council, Math Team and Key Club, as well as playing the piano. She is the daughter of Jeff and Gina Lentz, granddaughter of Pete and Rose Wirtz. She is a member of St. John the Baptist parish. KAYLA LENTZ, 15, a sophomore at Plymouth High School, has been chosen as the 2014 Poppy Princess. She is a junior member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 243 of Plymouth. Lentz has helped her unit with their annual chili supper and soup extravaganzas and will be placing poppies in our local cemeteries at the sites of all deceased auxiliary members. She is a twoyear letter winner on the PHS swim and dive team, participates in Track & Field, and is a member of Momentum, the PHS Swing Choir. Lentz also enjoys Student Council, Math Team and Key Club, as well as playing the piano. She is the daughter of Jeff and Gina Lentz, granddaughter of Pete and Rose Wirtz. She is a member of St. John the Baptist parish. He and his wife, Deanna, also an Air Force veteran, live in the town of Sherman.

CASCADE

The Ambelang Ebelt-Lau American Legion Post 386 will host the Memorial Day program at the Cascade Lions Hall at 10 a.m.

59th District State Rep. Daniel LeMahieu will be the featured speaker.

The Cascade Lions Club will host a brat fry and social time following the service. Everyone is welcome.

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 24, at 11 a.m. in Memorial Park at the corner of Chicago Street and State 67.

Col. Strep (Dick) Kuehl will be the featured speaker. A 1978 graduate of Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah High School, Kuehl enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1978 and spent three years as a patient care specialist. In 1985 he was commissioned through the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh ROTC program as a distinguished military graduate. After graduating with a degree in political science, he returned to active duty as an officer in the Adjutant General Corps, where he served in numerous key positions and is currently Adjutant General to the Assistant Chief of Staff.

Kuehl was deployed to Panama in 1989 and Iraq in 2007, 2008 and 2011. He has been awarded the Defense Superior Service medal, the Legion of Merit, two Bronze Stars, the Defense Meritorious Service medal, eight Meritorious Service medals, the Joint Service Commendation medal, two Army Commendation medals and three Army Achievement medals.

The program will feature Sara Schoenborn playing Taps, the Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah chorus under the direction of Holly Helmer singing the National Anthem, ELGHS student Aryanna Klemme speaking on the meaning of Memorial Day, the EL-GHS band under the direction of Jodi Voss playing patriotic songs from the Civil War, the Sheboygan County squadron of Civil Air Patrol cadets performing the raising of the flag ceremony, the American Legion Post 261 performing the ceremonial rifle volley and Rev. Peter Peitsch delivering the invocation and benediction.

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. Parking is allowed along State 67 and additional parking will be provided by Kees Corp. and Plyco Inc. in their parking lots.

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 26, 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.

The guest speaker will be Rev. Henry Verfuerth of New Hope United Methodist Church in Greenbush.

Poppy Princess Berriana Cloud will be introduced at the ceremony.

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 26.

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. Dr. Carl Toepel will be the featured speaker. 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

The Kohler Memorial Day observance Monday, May 26, 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.

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 Frank Cvetan, chaplain of American Legion Post 83. Members of Boy Scout Troop 801 will lead the Pledge of Allegiance and VFW Post 9156 will provide a firing squad. The Sheboygan City Pops Band will provide patriotic music. The program will conclude with a dove release by the Wings of the Heart.

Chief Logistic Specialist Jay Hilbelink will be the guest speaker. Hilbelink has combined 28 years of active and reserve duty service with U.S. Navy. He served aboard the USS Duncan FFG 10 and USS Lewis B. Puller FFG 23, at Navy hospitals at Bethesda, Md. And Portsmouth, Va., as well as at the US Navy Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where he assisted with security for suspected terrorist detainees. He has assisted with military rites and funeral services for more than 1,500 veterans.

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

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

The annual Sheboygan Falls Memorial Day Parade will take place Monday, May 26 at 9:30 a.m.

It will begin at the corner of Pine Street and Giddings Avenue and proceed through the downtown district to the Sheboygan Falls YMCA.

Due to the renovations at the Municipal Building and the removal of the gym/auditorium, the Memorial Day program will be held in the Sheboygan Falls YMCA gym.

The featured speaker will be Sheboygan Falls Mayor Randy Meyer.

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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