While Memorial Day signifies the beginning of summer for most of us, it is a day meant to remember those who have fought and given their lives to provide us with the freedom we enjoy every day. Take some time this Monday, May 25, to say "thank you."
PORT WASHINGTON -- Parade begins at 10:30 am. The parade starts at the corner of Wisconsin and Grand Avenue and proceeds through downtown to Veterans Memorial Park. Events following the parade include an address by keynote speaker, Joe Dean, president of the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight; presentation of the Badger Boys and Girls representatives, and representatives from the Army thanking the public for their support of our troops and veterans. Music will be provided by the Port Washington High School band.
SAUKVILLE -- A prayer service will be held at 8:00 am at Saukville Union Cemetery. The parade begins at 9:00 am and will go north on Main Street to Veterans Park on Green Bay Avenue. Following the parade there will be placing of a wreath at the Veterans Memorial, the firing of a rifle volley, and the playing taps. An open house and light lunch will be offered at the Legion clubhouse, which is located at 601 W. Dekora Street.
GRAFTON -- Grafton's festivities begin with a parade at 10:00 am, beginning at the Legion hall, 1540 13th Avenue. A program at Veterans Memorial Park will follow, honoring soldiers and recognizing local students. Lunch and beverages will be available after the program at the Legion hall.
FREDONIA -- Fredonia's parade begins at 9:00 am at Firemen's Park on South Milwaukee Street. Joe Demler, a Fredonia native and World War II veteran, will be among the speakers following the parade. The keynote speaker will be Bob Piaro, founder of the Veterans Assistance Foundation. Also featured in the events will be veterans color guard, Ozaukee High School band, and youth groups.
BELGIUM -- A Mass at St. Mary's Church in Lake Church will be celebrated at 8:00 am and will include the reading of the names of veterans whoare buried in local cemeteries. The village's parade will begin at 10:30 am, ending at Community Park. The Master of Ceremonies will be Joe Sopko, Post Commander of Belgium American Legion Memorial Post 412. A memorial plaque will also be unveiled. The Cedar Grove-Belgium High School Band will perform, and food and beverages will be available.