Remember the fallen
Memorial Day observances are scheduled for Monday, May 30, in Waupaca, King, Weyauwega, Fremont, Iola, Scandinavia and Ogdensburg.
Following are schedules for each community:
VFW Post 1037’s weekend will begin at 5 p.m. Friday, May 27, with the placing of flags on veterans’ graves at Lakeside Cemetery in Waupaca.
“If anyone has a loved one that does not have a veterans flag marker on their grave, they may get one from the county veterans service office on the third floor of the courthouse or check with a VFW member and we will try to help get one,” Post 1037 Commander Dick Morey said.
The Post will hold its annual program May 30 in Riverview Park, behind Main Street.
The Ladies’ Auxiliary waterside ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m., followed by the VFW program.
Those who can walk are asked to park on North Main Street and use the ramp to get down to the bandstand. Attendees are asked to bring lawn chairs.
Waupaca High School students will be recognized with a Good Citizenship Award and Stanford Mitchell and Kierstan Leaf will sound Taps. The WHS band under the direction of Mark Kryshak will provide music and Col. Richard W. Kucksdorf of Clintonville will share some thoughts about Memorial Day.
A ceremony will be held May 30 at the Wisconsin Veterans Home.
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, state Department of Veterans Affairs Military Funeral Honors Team and Wisconsin Veterans Home Honor Guard will take part in the waterside tribute.
An assembly will follow at 10 a.m. at the Central Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery. State Board of Veteran Affairs Chairman Dan Naylor will serve as master of ceremonies.
Other participants include veterans service organizations and auxiliaries, Waupaca High School Badger State representatives, and the Waupaca Middle School band.
The keynote speaker will be AMVETS Past National Commander Duane Miskulin.
Miskulin was AMVETS national commander in 2009-10 and participated with the National Memorial Ceremony in Washington, D.C., last year. He is currently a member of the state Department of Veterans Affairs Finance Committee. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1960 to 1966.
In case of severe inclement weather, the program will be held inside the Marden Memorial Center.
Volunteers are needed to help place 5,600 flags on gravesites at the WVH cemetery and can report to the cemetery at 6 a.m. May 30. Staff will be present to distribute flags and provide guidance for new volunteers.
The Wisconsin Veterans Home is located at N2665 County Road QQ, two miles south of Waupaca.
Weyauwega’s Memorial Day parade will begin at 8:30 a.m. May 30 at the American Legion clubhouse.
The American Legion, VFW posts and auxiliaries, Boy and Girl scouts, the Weyauwega Fire Department and the Weyauwega-Fremont High School band will march to Oakwood Cemetery, where a memorial service will be held.
Community members are invited to march in the parade.
The guest speaker for the service is American Legion 8th District Adjutant Arian Herminath. The high school band and Danny Darren will provide music.
If it rains, the program will be held at Weyauwega-Fremont Middle School.
Memorial Day observances will begin at 10 a.m. May 30 in Fremont.
Parade units will assemble at 9:30 a.m. in the Fremont-Wolf River American Legion parking lot behind the 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 marching band, under the direction of Martin O’Donnell; village police; 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 Lakeside Cemetery along County Road U. Legion Post 391 will supervise the cemetery services.
The guest speaker is the Rev. Stephen Pope of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Fremont.
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 pass. Grilled sandwiches will be provided.
A parade will begin at 11 a.m. May 30, followed by a ceremony at Legion Park. Parade participants will include the Iola-Scandinavia High School band; Sheveland-Taylor American Legion Post 14 and its Auxiliary; and the Iola-Scandinavia Veterans of Foreign Wars. Any other group or float wishing to join the parade should call Glen Knutson at 715-281-2881.
Participating in the ceremony will be Pastor Dale Wilson of Hitterdahl Lutheran Church and guest speaker Joe Lidionne, Waupaca County veteran service officer.
A potluck dinner will be held after the ceremony at the Iola Old Car Show Activity Center. All veterans and their families are invited to attend.
Services will begin at 10 a.m. May 30 at the bridge, followed by an American Legion service at the cemetery.
Memorial Day ceremonies will be held at 10 a.m. May 30 at Reid F. Murray Memorial Park in Ogdensburg.