Memorial Day observances are scheduled on Monday, May 27, in New London, Clintonville, Embarrass, Manawa, Symco and Royalton.
Following are the schedules for each community.
The New London Memorial Day Observance will begin at 9 a.m. Monday, May 27, in Taft Park on North Water Street.
Master of Ceremonies Donald Schmall will welcome everyone at 9:15 a.m.
The ceremony will include raising of the flag to half mast and the singing of the National Anthem under the direction of Adam Hardt.
An Eagle Scout will recite the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the opening prayer.
The next speaker will be New London Mayor Gary J. Henke, followed by the New London High School Band’s rendition of “America the Beautiful.”
Schmall will read the roll call of deceased veterans since last year. The band will perform “Amazing Grace,” prior to the introduction of the guest speaker (yet to be announced).
After the band plays “America,” a wreath will be placed on the river by Unit #263 of the American Legion Auxiliary.
This will be followed by the placing of wreaths at the memorial by commanders of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Amvets and the American Legion.
The Amvets Honor Guard will present the salute, with “Tap” played by a bugler from the New London High School Band.
The band will perform “God Bless America,” followed by the closing prayer and closing remarks.
The New London Memorial Day parade will commence at Tafi Park, proceed eastward on North Water Street, turn south on Pearl Street and disband on South Water Street. There will be vehicles there to transport those who want to go attend services at Floral Hill Cemetery.
A shorter version of services will be held at Floral Hill Cemetery, weather providing.
All area veterans organizations, auxiliaries, schools, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H, fire departments and patriotic minded groups, and/or individuals are invited to be part of the parade. The New London Senior High Band will be participating, as in the past years.
Following the parade a brief Memorial Day ceremony will be held at Floral Hill Cemetery Gazebo. Participants and guests are also invited to attend this ceremony.
A snack will be served at the Legion Post 263 Home on East North Water Street after the ceremonies are completed.
In case of inclement weather, decided during staging time, the ceremonies will be held at the Legion Post 263 Home, East North Water Street, New London.
Memorial Day begins early in Clintonville with a 7 a.m. wakeup fire siren and ringing of church bells on Monday, May 27.
All parade units should be in place, ready to march, not later than 8:45 a.m.
VIP cars line up on Memorial Drive in the park, facing north toward Eleventh Street, on the right shoulder of the road, right next to the tennis courts. The procession will move to Eleventh Street, west to Main Street, then south to Graceland Cemetery.
The Memorial Day program will begin at 9:10 a.m. with the wreath laying ceremony at the Memorial Circle Bridge in W.A. Olen Park.
The procession to Graceland Cemetery begins at 9:15 a.m., with the cemetery ceremony at 10 a.m.
Clintonville Mayor and Mistress of Ceremonies Judith I. Magee will give the greeting.
Invocation will be offered by Pastor Jill Meyer, Christ Congregational Church UCC – Clintonville.
Everyone is invited to join in singing the “Pledge of Allegiance,” followed by the “National Anthem,” accompanied by the Clintonville High School Band, directed byJosh Heyer.
Magee will do the introductions and Reading of Names, with bell ringer Jim Young, commander of VFW Post 664.
The “Gettysburg Address” will be presented by Tom Martin, president of the village of Embarrass.
Julia Fenn will sing “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”
Keynote speaker is Beth Karlson, a Gold Star Mother.
Members of the VFW will place the wreath, followed by the CHS band performing “America.”
Honors to the Dead will include a firing squad salute and “Taps.” The firing squad is commanded by MGYSGT Duane Zabel, USMC (Ret.)
The ceremony will conclude with the Benediction by Pastor Jill Meyer
The same ceremony will be repeated in Embarrass with the parade lining up just after the corner gas station. Starting time is at 11:10 a.m.
The ceremony at Riverside Cemetery should conclude at about noon.
The Poppy Princess, Emma Baum, will assist with the placing of the wreath at both cemeteries.
A Homecoming Buffet Lunch will begin at 12:30 p.m. at the American Legion. For reservations, call Mary Beth Kuester at 715-823-5133. The cost is $12.50 per person.
A national moment of silence will be held at 3 p.m.
The Disabled American Veterans Manawa Chapter #53 is in charge of the Manawa ceremonies for Memorial Day on Monday, May 27.
The day begins at 9 a.m. at Royalton Cemetery, followed by ceremonies at Symco Cemetery at 10 a.m.
The Manawa Memorial Day parade begins at 11 a.m.
The veterans will then proceed to Little Wolf Cemetery for an 11:30 ceremony.
The DAV van will be available to those who need a ride.