Memorial Day observances are scheduled on Monday, May 26, throughout Waupaca County. Following are the schedules for each community:
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1037 and Auxiliary will lead Memorial Day services in Waupaca.
At 5 p.m. Friday, May 23, VFW members will place flags at the veterans’ graves in Lakeside Cemetery.
Anyone who has a loved one who does not have a veterans flag marker on a grave may get one from the County Veterans Service office on the third floor of the Waupaca County Courthouse.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1037 Memorial Day program will be held at Rotary Riverview Park, behind Main Street, on Memorial Day.
The Auxiliary waterside ceremony will start at 9 a.m. followed by the VFW program.
Those who are able to walk are asked to park on North Main Street and use the ramp to get to the bandstand.
Those who do not wish to stand should bring their own lawn chairs.
Waupaca High School students Emily Cummings and Dylan Broderick will read The Gettysburg Address and Logans Orders. Nikky Weise and Jacob VanVeen will be the buglers for “Taps.”
Post Chaplain Tony Turner will be the featured speaker.
Music will be provided by The Waupaca High School Band, under the direction of Mark Kryshak.
In case of inclement weather, the program will be held in the Waupaca High School Performing Arts Center.
Memorial Day observances will be held on the grounds of the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King.
The program will begin with a waterside memorial service at 9:30 a.m., in front of the Marden Memorial Center on Rainbow Lake.
The Women’s Relief Corps, Waupaca Middle School Eighth Grade Band and the Wisconsin Veterans Home Honor Guard will take part in the waterside tribute.
Following the waterside service, an assembly will follow at 10 a.m., at the Central Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
Veterans vervice organizations and auxiliaries, Waupaca High School Badger State representatives, the Waupaca Middle School Eighth Grade Band, Wisconsin Board of Veterans Affairs member John Gaedke and state Sen. Luther Olsen, will highlight the service.
Volunteers are needed to help place more than 6,500 flags on graves at the Veterans Home cemetery.
Those who are interested may report to the cemetery at 6 a.m., Monday, May 26. Staff will be present to distribute flags and provide guidance for new volunteers.
A Memorial Day observance at Taft Veteran’s Park in New London begins at 9:15 a.m. Monday, May 26.
Don Schmoll will serve as Master of Ceremonies.
The flag will be raised to half-mast, and vocalist Carissa Franzmeier will perform the National Anthem.
A local Eagle Scout will recite the Pledge of Allegiance and Pastor Bill Bartell will lead the opening prayer.
Mayor Gary Henke will provide a welcome, and Camille Solberg will share a message from Senator Ron Johnson’s office.
Members of the New London High School Marching Band will perform several songs throughout the program.
There will be a roll call of deceased veterans who have passed during the past year.
Guest speaker, Wayne Knutson will address the audience.
Local veterans groups will place wreaths on the river and at the memorial in Taft Park.
New London High School Band Bugler Ryan Watling will perform Taps prior to the closing prayer and remarks.
This year’s observance will not include a parade. Following the program in Taft Park a brief Memorial Day ceremony will be held at the Floral Hill Cemetery Gazebo. A bus will be available for anyone wishing a ride to the cemetery. Following the program, a snack will be served at the American Legion Post 263 hall on East North Water Street.
In the event of inclement weather, the ceremonies will be held at the American Legion Post 263 hall on East North Water Street, New London.
Memorial Day activities get underway in Clintonville at 7 a.m., Monday, May 26, with a fire siren wakeup.
That will be followed by the ringing of church bells at 7:02 a.m.
Other Memorial Day activities include a wreath laying at the Pigeon River Bridge followed by a procession to Graceland Cemetery, according to Mary Beth Kuester, who was appointed to head the program this year by Mayor Judy Magee.
Groups or individuals who would like to participate in the procession should contact Kuester for an entry form. She can be contacted at 715-823-5133.
The parade marshal will be veteran Russell Adams, who is a member of the local VFW Post.
The program at Graceland Cemetery will begin with an invocation by Christian Burg, senior pastor at St. Martin Church. James Reigel of Marshfield will be the speaker.
At the conclusion of the activities at Graceland Cemetery, the group will proceed to Embarrass to repeat the ceremony. The Clintonville Middle School band will go to Bear Creek for the Memorial Day program there.
A homecoming luncheon will be held at the Legion building at 12:15 p.m. The cost is $12.50, with reservations encouraged. The luncheon will feature entertainment by Trillium, a variety singing group from Minocqua. It will present patriotic and military numbers.
The Weyauwega Memorial Day Parade will be held on Monday, May 26, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the American Legion Clubhouse on Mill Street.
The American Legion and VFW posts, along with Boy and Girl scouts, the Weyauwega Fire Department and the Weyauwega-Fremont High School Band, will march to the Oakwood Cemetery for the memorial service.
Others interested in being a part of the parade are invited to join it.
The Memorial Day program at the cemetery will feature guest speaker Waupaca County Judge Ray Huber.
Music will be provided by the W-F High School Band and Danny Darren.
If it rains, the program will be held at 8:45 a.m., at W-F Middle School on Ann Street.
Memorial Day observances will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, May 26, in Fremont.
Parade units will assemble at 9:30 a.m. in the Fremont-Wolf River American Legion parking lot behind village hall.
The parade will begin at 10 a.m. and proceed down Fillmore Street to Wolf River Drive to West Main Street before ending on Waupaca Street in front of the Legion hall.
The parade will include the American Legion Post 391 Color Guard and flag bearers representing the American Legion Auxiliary; the Weyauwega-Fremont High School Band, under the direction of Andrew Schmidt; village police; the Fremont-Wolf River Fire Department; Fremont-Wolf River Ambulance Services; Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts; 4-H club members; and several antique cars.
Anyone who wants to be part of the parade should assemble at the Legion hall parking lot prior to the parade.
Services will be held, following the parade, at Wolf River Cemetery along County Road H. Legion Post 391 will supervise the cemetery services.
After the chaplain offers a prayer, students from Fremont Elementary School will read patriotic poems while Scouts place flowers at the graves of veterans.
Post 391 will then fire rifles into the air in tribute to American’s fallen soldiers. The ceremony will conclude with the sounding of “Taps.”
A potluck lunch at the Legion clubhouse will follow the ceremony. Those who wish to participate are asked to bring a dish to pass. Grilled sandwiches will be provided.
The Memorial Day events for the Iola-Scandinavia area will include services in both communities.
The day will begin at 10 a.m. at the bridge in Scandinavia, followed by services at Scandinavia Cemetery at 10:15 a.m.
The Memorial Day Parade will start at 11 a.m. in downtown Iola, followed by a service at Legion Park. State Rep. Kevin Petersen will be the featured speaker.
All are invited to a pig roast dinner from noon until 3 p.m., at the Iola Historical Society. The cost is $9.
The proceeds from the pig roast will go toward the future construction of the Robert Strand Memorial Library.
Manawa’s Memorial Day activities will begin at 9 a.m. Monday, May 26, at Royalton Cemetery.
The veterans will then proceed to the Symco Cemetery for 10 a.m. services, followed by the parade in downtown Manawa at 11 a.m.
The final stop will be at 11:30 a.m., at Little Wolf Cemetery.
There will be guest speakers at each cemetery.
A van will be available for veterans who need a ride.
The local Memorial Day events are sponsored by the Disabled American Veterans Manawa Chapter 53.
Veterans are needed to help with the Memorial Day events.
Those interested in participating should call Charles at 715-823-5335.
Memorial Day observances will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, May 26, at Reed Murray Memorial Park in Ogdensburg.