Wisconsin VFW State Commander John Giese, who has served as both police chief and mayor in Elkhorn, raises and etching of his friend Roberto Sanchez’s name that he took while visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., above his head during last year’s Memorial Day ceremonies in Elkhorn.

Wisconsin VFW State Commander John Giese, who has served as both police chief and mayor in Elkhorn, raises and etching of his friend Roberto Sanchez’s name that he took while visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., above his head during last year’s Memorial Day ceremonies in Elkhorn.

Memorial Day ceremonies to be held throughout city

Once again the Elkhorn VFW Post 6375 and American Legion Post 45 will be joining together to provide Memorial Day ceremonies at various locations throughout the city and area on Monday.

Ceremonies will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a combined color guard ceremony at North Geneva Cemetery off of MacLean Road in Springfield.

The combined color guard will then participate in the 119th Tibbets Memorial Day Service. The service begins at 9 a.m. at Sugar Creek Town Hall, N6641 Highway H, Elkhorn, with a 30-minute program. The Elkhorn Area Middle School band will then lead a march to Mount Pleasant Cemetery off of Highway A, where the color guard will perform a service in honor of veterans laid to rest there.

From there, the color guard will also host a ceremony at 9:45 a.m. at Hartwell Cemetery off of Cobb Road in Elkhorn.

Elkhorn’s annual Memorial Day Parade will step off at 10:30 a.m. from the intersection of Lincoln and Walworth streets, just outside of Elkhorn’s 1887 building, and this year, will also feature an old Army wagon from the late 1800s. The parade will make its way down Walworth Street to Veterans Park in downtown Elkhorn for a ceremony.

This year’s ceremony will feature Mayor Howie Reynolds as its guest speaker, as well as the Elkhorn Area High School band and choir, which will both be performing during the ceremony.

Immediately following the ceremony in Veteran’s Park, a ceremony will be held at Mt. Olivet and Hazel Ridge cemeteries, which have entrances off of East Court Street and Hazel Ridge Road.

To cap off the day, the color guard will be participating in the dedication of a new flagpole paid for by the VFW with a gun salute and taps during a 2 p.m. program at the Lake Como Lakefront.

 
 

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