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Memorial Day parades, ceremonies, events planned

Three days are set aside each year to honor all who have served their country in the Armed Forces, living and dead.

The third Saturday in May is Armed Forces Day, to recognize those currently serving. Veterans Day is Nov. 11, a day to honor all those who have served in the past.

The most solemn of the three days is Memorial Day, the last Monday in May, when those who made the ultimate sacrifice and gave their lives in defense of freedom are honored and remembered.

Memorial Day ceremonies and events will take place throughout the county, as follows:

PLYMOUTH

The World’s Cheese Center Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5612 will be hosting the city of Plymouth Memorial Day parade and program Monday, May 29.

The parade will be at 10 a.m. with the program to follow at Union Cemetery at 11 a.m.

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.

The keynote speaker for the program will be U.S. Army Maj. Peter J. Katzfey. Katzfey is operations officer with the Defense Coordination Element of Region 5 of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Katzfey is a 1994 Plymouth High School graduate. After graduation, he enlisted in the Army. While stationed at Fort Sill, Okla., he was recommended to apply at West Point. He was accepted and graduated from the academy in 2001.

His first assignment was in South Korea. After returning to the United States, he was deployed to Iraq. He then served three tours in Afghanistan. After that he spent one year working for the UN in Haiti.

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.

ADELL

The annual Adell Memorial Day parade, featuring the Random Lake High School Marching Band, is set for Monday, May 29 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 veterans in the Adell Fire Department Hall, followed by brats, burgers, potato salad and dessert in the Adell Village Park until 1 p.m., sponsored by Emmanuel Lutheran Church. Car collectors will be welcome to display their vehicle in the park after the parade.

The ceremony will feature the members of the Russell Mulder American Legion Post 462 of Adell sharing their military experiences.

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 29.

Cascade Village Trustee Jerry Hendrickson 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 27, at 11 a.m. in Memorial Park at the corner of Chicago Street and State 67 (Lincoln Street).


ELLIE KACZKOWSKI has been selected as the 2017 Ladewig-Zinkgraf American Legion Auxiliary Poppy Princess. She lives in Pewaukee and attends Pewaukee High School. She is a club volleyball player who spends her free time volunteering at key club and church activities, helping the babies in the nursery. One of her favorite places to volunteer at is the Pewaukee Food Pantry; she organizes and stacks the incoming food. She has also helped serve at Camo Quilts in Plymouth and delivered quilts to a local army reserve center. Her biggest achievement this year was acceptance into the Insight Medical Program next year at Pewaukee High School, striving to become a CNA by junior year. This year she achieved the high merit award and finishes her sophomore year, on the high honor roll. Ellie is the daughter of Tony and Beckie Kaczkowski, granddaughter of Konrad (Vietnam War Veteran) and Ann Kaczkowski and great granddaughter of the late Tony (WWII Veteran) and Dora Heinzen. Ellie is a junior member of the American Legion. ELLIE KACZKOWSKI has been selected as the 2017 Ladewig-Zinkgraf American Legion Auxiliary Poppy Princess. She lives in Pewaukee and attends Pewaukee High School. She is a club volleyball player who spends her free time volunteering at key club and church activities, helping the babies in the nursery. One of her favorite places to volunteer at is the Pewaukee Food Pantry; she organizes and stacks the incoming food. She has also helped serve at Camo Quilts in Plymouth and delivered quilts to a local army reserve center. Her biggest achievement this year was acceptance into the Insight Medical Program next year at Pewaukee High School, striving to become a CNA by junior year. This year she achieved the high merit award and finishes her sophomore year, on the high honor roll. Ellie is the daughter of Tony and Beckie Kaczkowski, granddaughter of Konrad (Vietnam War Veteran) and Ann Kaczkowski and great granddaughter of the late Tony (WWII Veteran) and Dora Heinzen. Ellie is a junior member of the American Legion. This year’s featured speaker will be Capt. Alicia K. Grados.


LAUREN JOHNSON, daughter of Reid and Brenda Johnson of Appleton, was seleted by the Haslee-Doebert- Schmidt American Legion Auxiliary Unit 261 of Greenbush to be their 2017 Poppy Princess. Lauren is an eighth-grader at Madison Middle School in Appleton. She will speak on the “Origin and Significance of the Poppy” at the Memorial Day Ceremony to be held at the Greenbush Cemetery May 29 at 10:30 a.m. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held at the Greenbush Town Hall. Her grandfather, Ron Biskobing is commander of Walter Gilles Post 484 in Glenbeulah. He served during the Vietnam era. Her grandfather, Tom Johnson of Neenah, also served during the Vietnam era and her great uncle, George Miller of Greenbush Post 261, served during the Korean War. Her grandmother, Janet Biskobing, is a member of the Greenbush Legion Auxiliary. LAUREN JOHNSON, daughter of Reid and Brenda Johnson of Appleton, was seleted by the Haslee-Doebert- Schmidt American Legion Auxiliary Unit 261 of Greenbush to be their 2017 Poppy Princess. Lauren is an eighth-grader at Madison Middle School in Appleton. She will speak on the “Origin and Significance of the Poppy” at the Memorial Day Ceremony to be held at the Greenbush Cemetery May 29 at 10:30 a.m. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held at the Greenbush Town Hall. Her grandfather, Ron Biskobing is commander of Walter Gilles Post 484 in Glenbeulah. He served during the Vietnam era. Her grandfather, Tom Johnson of Neenah, also served during the Vietnam era and her great uncle, George Miller of Greenbush Post 261, served during the Korean War. Her grandmother, Janet Biskobing, is a member of the Greenbush Legion Auxiliary. Grados grew up in Elkhart Lake and graduated from Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah High School. She earned a bachelor of business administration degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and a masters of science in information technology degree from the Florida Institute of Technology.

Joining the Army in 2006, Grados was assigned to the 230th Finance Battalion, 13th Finance Group at Ft. Hood, Texas. Wanting to make a greater impact on the lives of soldiers, Grados attended Officer Candidate School.

Grados has been deployed twice. Most recently she was selected Brigade Battle Captain for the 1st Sustainment Brigade in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2012-13. Throughout this mission, Grados coordinated the movement of more than 1,200 convoys traveling over 100,000 miles across Afghanistan.

During her service Grados has received many awards and decorations, including the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal and National Defense Service Medal.

Grados is currently the Communications Officer for the 3rd Brigade, 95th Training Division. She lives in Elkhart Lake with her daughter Isabella and son Aaron.

The program will feature Sara Schoenborn playing Taps, the Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah 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. Peter Pietsch delivering the invocation and benediction.

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.

GREENBUSH

The Memorial Day program, Monday, May 29, 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.

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 29, 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 a.m. at the Hingham Reformed Church, W4390 Church Rd., Waldo, with the run/walk starting at 8 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 29.

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.

KOHLER

The village’s Memorial Day observance will start with a parade beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, May 29. The parade will proceed down School Street to Woodland Cemetery for the Memorial Day program to follow.

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 vicecommander 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 guest speaker will be Mike Liebelt, American Legion Post 83 Adjutant.

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 29.

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 29, 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 29.

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 Old Wisconsin, Sargento Cheese and Lakeside Pepsi.

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 29 at 9:30 a.m.

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

Parade participants will begin lining up at 9 a.m. at the corner of Pine Street and Giddings Avenue.

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

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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