What to do for Memorial Day
Communities in Dodge and Jefferson counties will observe Memorial Day on Monday.
In Watertown, Memorial Day will begin Monday at 9 a.m. at the Main Street bridge with a ceremony honoring those who died at sea. Veterans will then form a parade and march to Veterans Memorial Park for a program beginning at 10 a.m. In case of inclement weather, the program will move to Turner Hall.
Activities in other area communities are as follows:
American Legion Post 420 Memorial Day services in Hustisford will feature Dodge County Veterans Service Officer Andy Miller as speaker following a parade and flag placement, and a rifle salute to fallen soldiers.
The event will begin Monday at 10 a.m. at the Hustisford Cemetery with band presentations and the placement of flags, and will proceed to the Rock River bridge with a rifle salute and dropping of flowers.
The official program will then take place at Memorial Park with band selections and the presentation by Miller.
The Hustisford Lions Club will also take part in the event, making the presentation of the Community Service Award following the Memorial Day program.
In the event of rain, the programs will be moved to the Hustisford High School gymnasium.
The Juneau American Legion will hold several Memorial Day weekend events.
A program will be held today at 10 a.m. at Clearview in Juneau. The public is welcome to attend. On Sunday, a car show will be held at Juneau City Park.
On Monday at 11 a.m., a parade will start at the Juneau Post, 162 E. Oak St., and go to Juneau City Cemetery. For those veterans who wish to take part in the parade but can’t walk there will be an Honor Ride wagon available to ride there and back. Call Mike Becker at 920-386-3310 to reserve a seat.
This year’s speaker is Michael Burt, American Legion district vice commander of the 8th District of Coloma.
The public is invited back to the Legion building following the event for brats and burgers.
Lowell Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9392 and the Reeseville American Legion Post 190 will conduct joint Memorial Day ceremonies on Monday.
The annual Memorial Day event will begin at the Village Cemetery on Cemetery Road in Lowell at 7:30 a.m. After a brief ceremony, the parade will assemble and march to the bridge in Lowell for a short ceremony to honor all veterans lost at sea. The parade will then continue to St. John’s Catholic Cemetery to honor the veterans buried there. The parade will then disassemble and reassemble at the BP station in Reeseville at 8:30 a.m. and march to the Reeseville Public Cemetery where the Memorial Day program will be held at 9 a.m.
The speaker for the program will be Dodge County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Sciascia.
Everyone is invited to attend and all veterans are invited to participate. Cars or military vehicles will be available to ride in for veterans unable to march. Veterans who need a ride should assemble at the Lowell VFW at 7 a.m. To reserve a ride, call Chet Caine at 920-927-3847.
The Dodgeland School Board will take part in the parades and program along with the area Scout troops and 4-H groups. Grade school students from the Lowell-Reeseville area are invited to march and are asked to bring flowers to decorate the graves of the deceased veterans. A flag and treat will be given to the children who march in Lowell. Other patriotic parade entries are welcome. A special highlight of the parades in Lowell and Reeseville will be 15 antique and modern military vehicles, plus several patriotic theme vehicles and fire and EMS vehicles.
In case of inclement weather, the program will be held in the VFW Veterans Memorial Building, 300 S. St., Lowell, at 9 a.m. For more information, call Caine.
In addition to the joint Memorial Day ceremonies and with weather permitting, commencing at 5 a.m., the Lowell VFW will be firing, sounding taps and offering a prayer for the deceased veterans at the following rural ceremonies:
St. Isadore’s on County Highway J
Zion Lutheran on Caughlin Road
Holy Assumption on County Highway M
East Lowell Methodist on state Highway 16
Grove Prairie on North Maiden Lane Road
O’Keeg at Danville
St. Columbkille on County Highway TT
Evangelical and Reformed on County Highway I
Trinity Lutheran on County Highway I
St. John’s Catholic and Lowell Village Cemetery in Lowell
Reeseville Village Cemetery
The Rev. Father Mike Erwin of the Tri-Parish Catholic Churches will accompany the VFW and officiate at most of the cemeteries.
For approximate times of service at each cemetery, call Caine.
On Monday there will be a Memorial Day ceremony at Veterans Park in Johnson Creek at 10 a.m. hosted by American Legion Post 305. Guest Speaker this year is Julie Muhle, newly elected 2nd District Commander from Juneau.
Raffle tickets will be sold at the park for the drawing to be held at 2 p.m. at the Post. The Ladies Auxiliary will putting on a lunch at the Post and the Legion Bar will be open for business. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony would be held at the Johnson Creek High School. All activities at the Legion go on as planned.
A Memorial Day celebration will also be held Monday at 10 a.m. at City Park in Lake Mills. The event will be hosted by the Clarence Bean-Warren George Post 67 American Legion The guest speaker will be Sarah Weihert, editor of the Lake Mills Leader.