Memorial Day services will be held in Portage County
Local Memorial Day services and ceremonies will be held throughout Portage County. Ceremonies will include:
Memorial Day will be observed at Pfiffner Park at 10:15 a.m. Monday, May 30. Appearances will be made by the City Band, Legion Poppy Princesses and a wreath drop. After the ceremonies, there will be a rededication of the Disabled American Veteran Chapter 30 Memorial.
The Wisconsin Korean War Veterans Memorial Advisory Committee and village of Plover officials will hold its 2016 Wisconsin Korean War Veterans Memorial Ceremony and Program at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, June 5, at the Wisconsin Korean War Veterans Memorial in Plover.
Korean War veterans and their families, veterans from all branches of service and the public are invited to attend. Representatives from the Korean Consulate, Wisconsin National Guard and Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs have been invited to speak at the program.
The Wisconsin Korean War Veterans Memorial pays tribute to Wisconsinites who fought, died or are still missing as a result of the Korean War. The memorial features a series of bronze statues as its centerpiece. The figures represent various U.S. armed forces that took part in the war. None of the figures carry a weapon, conveying that peace is an ardent hope of all veterans.
A Memorial Tiles Program has been established for those who wish to honor a loved one who served in the Korean conflict.
For more information on ordering tiles, visit the Wisconsin Korean War Veterans Memorial website at www.koreanmemorial.org.
The Elmer F. Blonien Post 485 of the American Legion in Rudolph will hold Memorial Day ceremonies at 9:45 a.m. Sunday, May 29, in the St. Phillip Catholic Church Cemetery in Rudolph.
The Rev. Kenneth Hanson will be the guest speaker. The local chapter of the Boys & Girls Club of Portage County and the Brownie Scout Troop will participate in the ceremony. The Assumption High School Band from Wisconsin Rapids will provide music.
The Tomorrow River Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 11346 and Selma Voigt Post 22 American Legion will host Memorial Day services Monday, May 30, in the Amherst High School gym.
The program will honor all who have given the ultimate sacrifice for their country. The theme of the program will be “We Are the Land of the Free Because of the Brave – Amherst Remembers and Honors.”
There will be patriotic music played and sung starting at 8:30 a.m. by Smokey Express and the American Hometown Choir.
The program will start at 9 a.m. A video presentation featuring area veterans and past Memorial Day observances will be prepared by Kathleen Nicholson. The Rev. Gretchen Anderson of Peace Lutheran Church in Amherst will be the clergy for the ceremonies, and Gold Star Mother Joan Uhl will be honored.
Families of veterans who died since last year’s program will also be recognized. Jim Campbell from the Never Forgotten Honor Flight program in Wausau will make a brief presentation.
Veterans or guardians who have gone on previous honor flights or who are waiting to go on a future flight are welcome to attend. Those people will be recognized by those in attendance. Poetry written by Carolyn Fogg will be shared at the program and at the bridge and cemetery observances.
Blue star flags will be presented to families of active duty service people who have not already received one. Parents of current active duty service members who have not received a blue star flag to display are asked to contact Aralda Bell at 715-824-5523 (ext. 446) or 715-258-0237.
At about 10 a.m., attendees will then march in the annual Memorial Day Solemn Procession to the Mill Street Bridge for a ceremony to honor all those lost at sea. From the bridge, the procession will march to the flag pole at Greenwood Cemetery for the final ceremonies along with a gun salute and taps.
In order to have enough street room for the band and its color guard, it is requested that cars not be parked in the street along the route of the procession.
After the cemetery ceremony, a reception will be held at the High School Commons. Mary Beth Repinski is coordinating the reception. Everyone is invited to attend and share refreshments.
The Polish Legion of American Veterans Pope John Paul II Post 185 will celebrate Mass at Sacred Heart Church of Polonia at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, May 29, then will march to the Memorial to honor fallen veterans.
At 9 a.m. Monday, May 30, The Polish Legion of American Veterans Post 185 will assemble at the Casmir Pulaski Memorial, on Highway10 in Stevens Point for memorial services, then proceed to Pfiffner Pioneer Park to participate in Memorial Day services in Stevens Point.