To Remember and Honor

What began as a commemoration of the hundreds of thousands who died in the American Civil War 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 World’s Cheese Center Post 5612 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars is organizing this year’s Memorial Day parade and ceremony Monday, May 25.

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.

Capt. John King, commanding officer of Plymouth-based Battery B, 1-121st Field Artillery, Army National Guard, will be the featured speaker at the ceremony.

Rev. Peter Pietsch of Grace Lutheran Church in Elkhart Lake will provided the invocation and benediction for the Union Cemetery program, which will also feature selections from the Plymouth High School marching band under the direction of Jason Sebranek.

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

The Ladewig-Zinkgraf Post 243 American Legion Auxiliary will hold a Memorial Day brat fry at the Legion Post, 40 Stafford St., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Proceeds from the brat fry will benefit the Plymouth Police Department K-9 Unit fund.

ADELL

The annual Adell Memorial Day parade is set for Monday, May 25 to begin at 10 a.m.

The annual children’s bike decorating contest will be held and all residents and businesses are encouraged to enter floats.

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.

The Random Lake High School band will be featured in the parade.

Immediately following the parade, there will be a program honoring our veterans in the Adell Fire Department.

The guest speaker will be U.S. Army veteran Jim Eberhardt. Eberhardt, who grew up in the town of Scott, graduated from Plymouth High School in 1960. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and completed advanced training in Morse Code and teletype intercept. He served from 1964 to 1967 in Japan, Korea, Okinawa, Taiwan and at the Helemano Military Reservation in Wahiawa, Hawaii.

Eberhardt helped support the Army Se- curity Agency’s mission to monitor commerical communication from China and the Soviet Union.

The ceremony will be followed by a brat fry and picnic, sponsored by Emmanuel Lutheran Church, in the Adell Village Park until 1 p.m. There will also be a collector car show in the park.

CASCADE

The Ambelang-Ebelt-Lau American Legion Post 386 will host the Memorial Day program at the Cascade Lions Hall at 10 a.m. Monday, May 25.

The guest speaker will be Air National Guard Maj. Sasha Perronne.

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

This year’s speaker will be Maj. William (Bill) Ray, an Elkhart Lake resident.

Ray began his Army career in July 1959 as an enlisted Airborne Ranger infantryman with the 101st Airborne Division.

Ray has a master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Southern California.

He has 50 years of military and federal government service, including 42 years as an Army Intelligence special agent.

His final deployment was to Afghanistan in 2012 and 2013 with the 101st Airborne Division.

After his retirement, Ray moved to Elkhart Lake, where his daughter and sonin law, Kelly and Daniel Sadiq, own and operate the Off the Rail Cafe.

The ceremony will be followed by a brat fry and refreshments sponsored by 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.

HINGHAM

The annual Memorial Day parade will start at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 25, followed by a ceremony at the Hingham Cemetery.

A brat fry at the Hingham Hall will follow the parade and ceremony.

The annual Hingham Memorial Day Walk/Run, featuring two- and five-mile individual runs, a five mile run relay, and a noncompetitive two-mile walk, will precede the parade and ceremony. T-shirts, refreshments, and awards in a variety of gender and age divisions are included in the registration cost.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Hingham Reformed Church, with the run/ walk starting at 8:30 a.m. Proceeds benefit the High Ground, a veterans memorial park and support organization (www.thehighground.org), and the Hingham Reformed Church Youth Ministry. More information is available online at www.hinghamrun.com or www.hinghamchurch.org.

OOSTBURG

The Memorial Day parade and program, sponsored by the American Legion Post 286 of Oostburg, will take place Monday, May 25.

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.

Guest speaker for the program will be World War II veteran Don Harder.

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 25, 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

The annual Sheboygan County Memorial Day Parade and Fountain Park Ceremony will take place in downtown Sheboygan Monday, May 25.

Parade organizers Kohler Credit Union have announced that this year’s event will include guest speaker Maj. David Godwin, who is the highest-ranking active-duty Marine in the state of Wisconsin. In addition to the parade and ceremony, a brat fry and bake sale will take place to benefit The Wounded Warrior Project, a program that raises awareness and funds for the needs of injured service members.

Godwin is commanding officer for the United States Marine Corps 9th Recruiting District’s Milwaukee office. His prestigious military background includes six tours in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The brat fry and bake sale fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project is made possible by generous donations from Festival Foods Sheboygan, Lakeside Pepsi, Sargento Cheese, and Johnston’s Bakery. All proceeds from the fundraiser will be donated to The Wounded Warrior Project.

The parade will include approximately

40 units including the local Veterans of Foreign Wars posts, active duty military personnel, multiple local non-profit organizations, as well as school affiliated groups.

The parade will begin at 9 a.m. at the intersection of North Seventh Street and Ontario Avenue. It will continue to Superior Avenue, west on Superior to North Ninth Street, and then south on North Ninth to Fountain Park, where the annual ceremony will take place immediately after the parade.

SHEBOYGAN FALLS

The annual Sheboygan Falls Memorial Day Parade will take place Monday, May 25 at 9:30 a.m.

The parade will begin at the corner or Pine Street and Giddings Avenue and proceed through the downtown district down Maple Street to the Sheboygan Falls YMCA.

Parade participants will begin lining up at 9 a.m.

The Memorial Day program will be held in the Sheboygan Falls YMCA gym 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.

In the event of inclement weather, the parade will be cancelled and the program will take place as scheduled at the Sheboygan Falls YMCA at 10 a.m.

For more information, contact Sheboygan Falls American Legion Post 149 Commander Ron Goelz at rbgoelz@charter.net.


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