The Palmyra Eagle Community Band kicks off its busy summer run of patriotic performances Saturday in Palmyra’s Village Park to help celebrate the Memorial Day weekend. Here members gather at the ice cream social in Eagle last summer, where it will close out this year’s schedule on July 14. (Submitted photo)

It began as a gift to Mrs. Lincoln. Today it is a background prop for selling car insurance.

The Statue of Liberty stands as “The lamp beside the golden door” as it welcomes all to “the last best hope on earth.” The generations that came through Ellis Island saw this edifice as their first glimpse of freedom.

In honor of American independence, the Palmyra Eagle Community Band once again will present a series of salutes to Lady Liberty.

Bandmaster Ed Pierce and his performers are promising to bring “Star Spangled” celebrations to the Southern Lakes region this summer, and they kick off their flag-waving schedule this weekend for Memorial Day.

The events will feature various instrumental soloists, a dance team and soloist in residence Kim Fadner.

  • 6 p.m. Saturday, May 25, Bartolotta Fireworks, Palmyra Village Park, 955 S. Eighth St.
  • 10 a.m. Sunday, June 16, Father’s Day Fly-In, Palmyra Municipal Airport, Palmyra
  • 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 27, East Troy’s Thursday Nights on the Square, Village Square Park, 2881 Main St., East Troy
  • 7 p.m. Saturday, June 29, Classic Concert Series, Phoenix Park Bandshell, 111 E. Wisconsin St. in Delavan
  • 7 p.m. Thursday, July 11, Thursday Nights at Cravath Lakefront, Cravath Lakefront Park, 341 S. Fremont St. in Whitewater
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, July 14, Eagle Historical Society ice cream social, Eagle Village Park in Eagle

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