Local communities will remember those who gave their lives serving and protecting their country during Memorial Day programs Monday, May 31.
Here is what Ripon, Green Lake and Rosendale have planned:
The Ripon Memorial Day service will kick off at 9 a.m. at the Village Green with a Quilts of Valor presentation.
The program will follow at 9:30 a.m., with Veterans of Foreign Wars Commander Mark Krause providing a short address.
A parade then will begin at approximately 10 a.m. and will go down Watson Street to the Hillside Cemetery. Veterans who attend the ceremony may march in the parade.
Also set to speak during the ceremony are Ripon High School students Cali Grant, Sam Yeomans and Daniel Zimmerman. They will read from “America’s Answer,” Abraham Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address” and “In Flanders Fields.”
Providing musical selections are the Ripon High School and Ripon Middle School bands, with Micah Schoff and Jonathan Muenchow playing taps.
Ripon Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts also will assist with the program.
The program is hosted by the local Veterans of Foreign Wars and Ripon American Legion posts. Poppy princesses will represent the organizations.
The rain site is the Ripon High School gymnasium. Masks are required inside the school for those who aren’t vaccinated and social distancing is required.
The annual Memorial Day parade begins at 8:30 a.m. in downtown Green Lake.
A ceremony will then be held at the school featuring speakers and a performance by the band and choir.
Following the school program, the parade will go to the Dartford Cemetery and Bluffton Cemetery for short ceremonies.
A traditional pancake breakfast will be held Sunday, May 30 from 7 to 11 a.m. at American Legion Post 306, 518 Water St. The event, sponsored by the Legion Auxiliary will have indoor and outdoor seating.
Rosendale’s Memorial Day Ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. at the Rosendale VFW Memorial, which is located on the south end of the Rosendale Cemetery.
Parking is available at the Rosendale Intermediate School and Tabbert’s Restaurant.
A free-will offering will be available at the ceremony.