‘We keep the faith with all who died’

Memorial Day celebrations planned across county for coming weekend

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 Ladewig-Zinkgraf American Legion Post 243 is organizing this year’s Memorial Day parade and ceremony Monday, May 28.

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 guest speaker will be US Navy Commander Robert R. Grasse (Retired). Grasse has had multiple deployments in his career and two were in the Persian Gulf aboard the aircraft carrier USS Eisenhower (CVN-69) with Strike Force Squadron VFA-136 as Maintenance Officer. Grasse is the recipient of multiple awards and citations for his service.

He will be accompanied by his wife U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Kathleen Grasse (Retired). Grasse has had multiple assignments during her career one being with the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon in the office of Chief Information Officer. She has been awarded multiple awards and citations for her service.

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 2 p.m. Monday, May 28.

ADELL

The annual Adell Memorial Day parade, led by the Random Lake High School Marching Band, is set for Monday, May 28 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.

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 28.

Cascade Fire Chief Todd Triebensee 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 26, 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 U.S. Air Force Maj. Matthew Waage.

Waage graduated in 1995 from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, N.Y., with a bachelor of science degree in logistics and marine transportation. Upon graduation he was commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve.

In June 1996, he cross-commissioned in the Air Force and joined the 128th Air Refueling Wing. After graduation from pilot training, Waage went on to graduate from SERE (survival, evasion, resistance and escape) School and CCTS (crew combat training) School where he learned to fly his combat aircraft, the KC-135 Stratotanker.

He has been deployed numerous times to Spain, Germany, Guam and the Middle East, to name a few of the locations. His latest deployment was in 2015 flying combat missions over Afghanistan and Iraq. Waage retired from military service in 2016 after 21 years.

He lives in the Elkhart Lake area with his family.

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 Father Philip Riefenberg 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 28, 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 28, 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. 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 28.

The parade will proceed through the village to Memorial Park. Participants will include local Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and 4-H club members.

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 Howards Grove Lions Club will hold a brat fry at the park after ceremony.

KOHLER

The village’s Memorial Day observance will start with a parade beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, May 28. 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.

OOSTBURG

The Memorial Day parade and program, sponsored by the American Legion Post 286 of Oostburg, will take place Monday, May 28.

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.

TOWN OF RHINE

The town’s annual Memorial Day picnic will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, May 28, 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. followed by a Memorial Day program.

SHEBOYGAN

The annual Sheboygan County Memorial Day Parade and Fountain Park Ceremony will take place in downtown Sheboygan Monday, May 28.

The parade will include approximately 40 units including the local Veterans of Foreign Wars posts, active duty military personnel, multiple local nonprofit 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

Parade organizers Kohler Credit Union have announced that this year’s event will include guest speaker Lt. Col. Conrad Barrows, U.S. Army Retired. Barrows is a Sheboygan native and graduate of Sheboygan South High School as well as Wake Forest and Lakeland universities.

The ceremony will include tributes to service men and women, musical performances and a moment of silence.

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.

SHEBOYGAN FALLS

The annual Sheboygan Falls Memorial Day Parade will take place Monday, May 28 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.


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