To Honor and remember

Area communities plan parades, ceremonies, picnics, runs and more to mark Memorial Day weekend

It began exactly a century and a half ago as Decoration Day, 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, with events planned locally from one end of the county to the other, beginning on Saturday and culminating on Monday.

PLYMOUTH

The Ladewig-Zinkgraf American Legion Post 243 is organizing this year’s Memorial Day parade and ceremony Monday, May 30.

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.

Lt. Alicia Grenier will be the keynote speaker. Grenier is assigned to the Plymouth based Army National Guard 121st Field Artillery Battery B. She is the first Wisconsin Army National Guard officer assigned as a field artillery officer.

The Union Cemetery program 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, led by the Random Lake High School Marching Band, is set for Monday, May 30 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.

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

The guest speaker will be Operation Desert Storm veteran Julie Vale. An information manager in the U.S. Air Force, Vale was awarded the Air Force Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award and Air Force Outstanding Unit Award during her service.

Her husband, Reed Hildebrand, received a Bronze Star in the Iraq war. Her son Jared and daughter Jenna have also both served in the Air Force.

The family was honored by the Green Bay Packers before a 2013 game for their military service.

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 30.

Cascade Police Chief Cory Roeseler 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 28, at 11 a.m. in Memorial

Park at the corner of Chicago Street and State 67 (Lincoln Street).

This year’s featured speaker will be SFC (Ret.) Steward (Stu) Kuehl.

A 1979 graduate of Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah

High School who grew up in Glenbeulah, Kuehl enlisted in the U.S. Army as a combat engineer in January, 1980.

Kuehl was serving with the 2nd Armed Cavalry when the unit was mobilized to Saudi Arabia in 1991 in support of Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield. The unit was the lead element into Iraq for Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf’s End Around maneuver, which resulted in decisive victories over two of Saddam Hussein’s Republican Guard regiments.

Kuehl was later deployed to eastern Afghanistan. It was there, in July, 2006, that Kuehl was injured when the armored vehicle he was in was hit by two roadside bombs.

Kuehl received extensive care for the next 18 months at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and at the Minneapolis V.A. Hospital Traumatic Brain Injury Center.

For his actions in Afghanistan, Kuehl was awarded the Combat Action badge, the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.

Kuehl now lives in the Kiel area.

The program will feature Sara Schoenborn playing Taps, the Elkhart Lake-Glen- beulah High School Chorus under the direction of Holly Hellmer singing the National Anthem, the EL-GHS Band under the direction of Jodi Voss playing a selection of patriotic songs, the Sheboygan County squadron of the Civil Air Patrol performing the raising of the flag ceremony, a ceremonial rifle volley from the American Legion Post 261 and Rev. Deborah Tyler delivering the invocation and benediction.

The ceremony will be followed by 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.

GREENBUSH

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

The guest speaker will be David Warner, director of the Wade House Historic Site.

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

HINGHAM

The annual Memorial Day parade will start at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 30, 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 non-competitive 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, W4390 Church Rd., Waldo, with the run/walk starting at 8:30 a.m. Proceeds benefit the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight and the Hingham Reformed Church Youth Ministry. More information is available online at www.hinghamrun.com or www.hinghamchurch.org.

HOWARDS GROVE

The annual Memorial Day parade, sponsored by the Howards Grove VFW Post 9924 and American Legion Post 387, will start at Klemme’s Wagon Wheel restaurant at 10 a.m. Monday, May 30.

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.

Food and refreshments will be available.

KOHLER

The village’s Memorial Day observance will start with a parade beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, May 30. The parade will proceed down School Street to Woodland Cemetery for the Memorial Day program.

Village President Thomas Schnettler will lead the dedication ceremony at the ceremony. Lt. Col. Ted Young, a veteran with more than 20 years of military service, will be the guest speaker.

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

Bagpipers will lead all participants up the Walk of Honor in the Garden of Valor. Greg Eirich, current 2nd District vice-commander and past commander of American Legion Post 83, will serve as the master of ceremonies. Members of Boy Scout Troop 801 will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. The program will conclude with a dove release by the Wings of the Heart.

The guest speaker will be retired Cpl. Brandon Ball, USMC Reserves. Ball served his country in Djibouti, Africa.

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 30.

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 Rev. David Veldhorst, associate pastor at Bethel Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Oostburg.

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 30, 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 30.

Parade organizers Kohler Credit Union have announced that this year’s event will include guest speaker John Maino, an award-winning journalist who has been a prominent figure in northeast Wisconsin broadcasting for 20 years.

In addition to the parade and ceremony, a brat fry and bake sale will take place to benefit Stars and Stripes Honor Flight, a local nonprofit organization that honors veterans by flying them to Washington, D.C., to visit their memorials.

The brat fry and bake sale is made possible by generous donations from Miesfeld’s Meat Market, Johnson’s Bakery, Sargento Cheese, Lakeside Pepsi and Festival Foods.

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 Center 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 30 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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