Memorial Day in Waupaca County
Ceremony schedules for area communities
COUNTY – Memorial Day observances are scheduled on Monday, May 30 in Waupaca, King, New London, Clintonville, Weyauwega, Fremont, Iola, Manawa, Ogdensburg and Hortonville.
Following are the schedules for each community:
For Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1037 and its Auxiliary, Memorial Day weekend will start with the placing of flags on veterans’ graves at 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 27, at Lakeside Cemetery in Waupaca.
Anoyone who has a loved one who does not have a veteran flag marker on a grave may get one from the County Veterans Service office on the third floor of the Waupaca County Courthouse or may check with a VFW member for help getting one.
The VFW Post 1037 Memorial Day program will be held at 9 a.m. Monday, May 30, at Rotary Riverview Park, behind Main Street.
The Auxiliary will conduct a waterfront service first, 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.
Music will be provided by the Waupaca High School Band, under the direction of Mark Kryshak.
In case of rain, the program will be held in the Waupaca High School Performing Arts Center.
The Wisconsin Veterans Home at King will begin its Memorial Day ceremonies at 8:30 a.m. Monday, May 30, by placing flags on graves at the Central Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
The Woman’s Relief Corps will conduct a waterside ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Monday on Rainbow Lake behind the Marden Center. The Waupaca Middle School band will provide music.
At 10:30 a.m. the Memorial Day service will be held in the cemetery. The Waupaca Middle School Band will perform.
Brig. Gen. Vincent Barker will be the keynote speaker. Barker assumed command of the 310th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) on Sept. 12, 2014. A native of Crandon, Wisconsin, Barker is a former enlisted United States Marine, serving on active duty from 1981-84. He received his commission from the Army ROTC program at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point in 1987.
Participants are asked to assemble in front of the Marden Center for a processional to the cemetery.
New London American Legion Post 263 will host a Memorial Day observance at Floral Hill Cemetery, near the gazebo at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 30.
The service was moved this year, due to the construction of the veterans’ memorial in Taft Park.
Don Schmoll will be the emcee for this year’s program.
Following the program, The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 263 will provide snacks at the Legion Post on east North Water Street, New London.
In the event of inclement weather, the ceremonies will be held at the New London Middle School at 1000 West Washington Street.
The city of Clintonville will host a Memorial Day program on Monday, May 30.
The program will begin at 9 a.m. with a wreath laying ceremony at Memorial Circle Bridge. A procession to Graceland Cemetery will begin at 9:10 a.m., with Memorial Day ceremonies at Graceland Cemetery scheduled to start at 10 a.m.
James Young, Commander, VFW Post #664 will serve as Officer of the Day. Clintonville Mayor Lois Bressette will serve as master of ceremonies and program coordinator.
Colonel Kenneth P. Dunlavy, USMC (Ret.) will be the keynote speaker.
Dunlavy was born in Deer Creek on May 19, 1941 and graduated from Clintonville High School in 1958. He graduated from Ripon College in 1962.
Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant USMC in 1962, he graduated Marine Corps Basic School in January 1963, and graduated Naval Flight School in September 1964. His combat experience included Chu Lai Vietnam from February 1966 to April 1967. He flew 240 A-4 Aircraft combat mission. Dunlavy joined the Marine Corps Reserves in 1972 and retired in 1992 as a Colonel.
Clintonville High School band will provide patriotic music during the program.
When the program concludes, a procession to Riverside Cemetery in Embarrass will begin.
The Weyauwega Memorial Day Parade will be held on Monday, May 30.
It will start at 8:30 a.m., at the American Legion Clubhouse on Mill Street.
The American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts, along with the Boy and Girl scouts, Weyauwega Fire Department and Weyauwega-Fremont High School Band, will march to Oakwood Cemetery for the memorial service.
Others interested in being part of the parade are welcome to join it.
The Memorial Day program at the cemetery will feature Joe McGrath, a retired Lt. Col. from the National Guard.
Music will be provided by the W-F High School Band and Danny Darren duets.
If it rains, Weyauwega’s Memorial Day 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 30, 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 Trunk H.
Legion Post 391 will supervise the cemetery services. The guest speaker will be Amber Nikolai, member and public relations director of the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King.
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 America’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 pash. Grilled sandwiches will be provided.
Memorial Day ceremonies begin at 10 a.m. Monday, May 30, at the bridge north of Scandinavia with a rifle salute, honors and Taps. The American Legion Sheveland-Taylor Post 14’s next stop is at 10:15 a.m., at the Scandinavia Cemetery on County Trunk G.
The Memorial Day Parade will begin at 11 a.m. from the Iola-Scandinavia High School parking lot and continue to Veterans Park, located by the Iola Mills on North Main Street, Iola.
After a Memorial Day Service, the parade will proceed to the Iola Historical Society’s Machine Shed at 222 Depot St., where the annual Pork Roast is served from noon to 3 p.m.
All veterans eat free. The cost for adults is $10, and $5 for children 12 and under.
The Disabled American Veterans Manawa Chapter #53 will begin Memorial Day activities at 9 a.m. Monday, May 30, at the Royalton Cemetery. The next stop is at 10 a.m., at the Symco Bridge and continuing at the Symco Cemetery.
The Manawa Parade will begin at 11 a.m., proceeding through downtown Manawa to the Manawa Bridge for a ceremony. The DAV’s next stop is Little Wolf Cemetery.
The public is invited to join the DAV for lunch starting at noon at the Union Town Hall, E6592 State Highway 22, outside of Symco.
A van will be available for veterans who need a ride to the various sites.
Memorial Day activities will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, May 30, at the St. Lawrence Ballpark on Spring Street in Ogdensburg. After a ceremony, the group will proceed to the cemetery to read the names of veterans buried there.
Hortonville American Legion Post 55 will be holding a memorial service at 11:45 a.m. Sunday, May 29 at the Stephensville cemetery.
The group will also host events on Monday, May 30. There will be a service at 9:30 a.m. in the Hortonville High School auditorium.
After the service, a parade will commence from the high school to Veterans Memorial Park (on East Main Street). There will be a short service at the site of the veteran’s memorial.
The group will host a service at Armitage Memorial Park in Medina at 11:15 a.m. on May 30.
Bear Creek VFW Post 2663 will conduct graveside ceremonies at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Danish Cemetery and at 10 a.m. at Trinity Cemetery. The parade in Bear Creek will begin at 11 a.m., ending at St. Mary’s Cemetery with graveside ceremonies.