Oconto County remembers its fallen veterans

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Petersons named parade grand marshals; American Legion plans services

The Oconto Falls High School marching band steps lively down Maple Avenue during the 2017 Memorial Day parade. (Times Herald file photo)

The owner of Peterson Ford and his wife have been selected as grand marshals of the Oconto Falls Memorial Day parade.

Donald “Toby” and Shirley Peterson will be riding in style near the head of the parade, which launches at 12:30 p.m. Monday from the staging area on Sherman Street.

Oconto Falls’ four-day Memorial Day Weekend Celebration will be the centerpiece of local observations, but communities across Oconto County are preparing to honor America’s fallen heroes in solemn ceremonies Monday morning.

Memorial Day – originally known as Decoration Day – stems from the longstanding tradition of decorating soldiers’ graves with flowers. But it gained momentum as a national holiday beginning in 1868, when Gen. John A. Logan, commander of the veterans group Grand Army of the Republic after the U.S. Civil War, issued a proclamation calling for Decoration Day to be observed every year nationwide.

“Let us, then, at the time appointed, gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with choicest flowers of springtime; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved from dishonor; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us as sacred charges upon the Nation’s gratitude – the soldier’s and sailor’s widow and orphan,” the proclamation said.

• The Oconto Falls Memorial Day service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday in Woodlawn Cemetery, 844 S. Main St., Oconto Falls. American Legion Post 302 will be doing the service, and American Legion Auxiliary Unit will be offering poppies.

• The Gillett Memorial Day service will be held at 10 a.m. at Memorial Park, located on the corner of West Main Street and Elm Avenue. A potluck meal will be served at the gun club following the service.

• The Harold C. Anderson American Legion Post 283 of Suring plans to visit six cemeteries to recite the names of those veterans laid to rest at each cemetery. A rifle salute will follow, along with the playing of taps. The schedule is 9:30 a.m., St. Michaels; 10 a.m., St. Johns and Pleasant Hill at Pleasant Hill; 10:30 a.m., Breed Cemetery; 11 a.m., Suring Nursing Home; 11:30 a.m., Frostville and Trinity at Trinity Cemetery; and 1 p.m., Hickory Cemetery.

• Legion Post 342 plans Memorial Day services for Lena at 10 a.m. at St. Charles Cemetery and between 11 and 11:30 a.m. at Pine Hill Cemetery at Spruce.

• Abrams Post 523 plans to conduct ceremonies at 9 a.m. in Stiles, 9:45 a.m. in Brookside, 10:30 a.m. in Little Suamico and 11:15 a.m. in Sobieski.

• Wabeno Legion Post 44 services are scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. at the Veterans War Memorial Park, 1920 Park Ave. Guest speaker Roger VandenLangenberg of Appleton plans to talk about the Revolutionary War and the major conflicts of the 20th century.