May 29, 2017 – West Bend, WI – The Memorial Day parade in West Bend will step off at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, May 29 and head north from South Main Street and Oak Street to Hickory Street and back down Sixth Avenue to Poplar Street.
A ceremony will follow in the old Courthouse Square. That program begins at 11 a.m. and will feature World War II veteran Alan Kieckhafer as master of ceremonies.
The Reverend Clarissa Martinelli of Fifth Avenue Methodist Church will give the Invocation and Benediction. Other tributes will include a Preamble of the Constitution by West Bend East sophomore Grace Peplinski, Gettysburg Address by West Bend East sophomore Rachel Roeber, a reading of the poem “In Flanders Field” by West Bend West junior Anna Pitz and performances by the West Bend High School Band and the River City Irregulars.
The Memorial Day Speaker is Vietnam veteran Richard Lindbeck. In case of inclement weather the ceremony will move to the second floor chambers at the Old County Courthouse.
The annual Memorial Day Program at the Fillmore Turner Hall will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Memorial Day. The program will feature the flag of our country. The program will include the Presentation of Colors, the Kewaskum High School band playing the National Anthem, a flag folding ceremony, and the traditional fresh flower wreath and placing of fresh flowers on Veteran graves in the Cemetery. Refreshments are available. It is hosted by the Farmington Historical Society and is open to the public. Admission is free.
Hartford’s parade begins at 10 a.m. at the intersection of High Street and Main Street, work its way south on Main until it reaches Sawyer Park, where a memorial service will take place.
Prior to the parade, the city will have rifle salutes at the city’s cemeteries at 6 a.m., a naval memorial service at 9 a.m. at the City Hall Bridge, and a rifle salute and wreath laying at the city’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial at 9:15 a.m.
In Slinger the parade begins at 10 a.m. at the Zunker-Held VFW Post Hall in the downtown area, continue north along Highway 144 until it reaches Union Cemetery, where a ceremony will be held. In case of rain the parade will be cancelled and the ceremony will be moved to the Slinger High School Main Gym.