Area communities will offer services and programs on Memorial Day.
Millards Prairie Church in rural Elroy will have its Memorial Day service at 10:30 a.m. Monday.
(Contributed by Doug Rogalla, Kendall American Legion Post commander)
All too often, Americans take our freedoms for granted. Thomas Jefferson knew that freedom is not free and “the price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” Thomas Campbell once declared, “The patriot’s blood is the seed of freedom’s tree.”
Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. We remember those brave souls who paid the ultimate sacrifice to preserve our freedoms.
The William J. Schriver American Legion Post 309 in Kendall will again honor the sacrifices of our veterans on Memorial Day (Monday, May 29).
Please join us at St. Luke’s Cemetery at 10 a.m., Fountain Lutheran Church/Cemetery at 11 a.m., and the Kendall Area Veterans Memorial at 1 p.m. Join us for a light lunch and fellowship afterward at the Kendall American Legion Hall.
Our guest speaker will be state Rep. Loren Oldenburg.
The following is the Norwalk American Legion’s Memorial Day schedule:
• 8 a.m. — Wanderers’ Rest Cemetery, County Highway T, south of Norwalk
• 8:30 a.m. — St. Jacob’s Lutheran Church, off County Highway U, west of Norwalk
• 9 a.m. — St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, 16481 Kellogg Avenue, Summit Ridge, Norwalk
• 9:30 a.m. — Centerville Cemetery, 20030 Jet Road, at the intersection of Kellogg Road and County Highway T, north of Norwalk
• 10 a.m. — Ridgeville Methodist Cemetery, 21180 County Hwy. A, town of Ridgeville
• 10:20 a.m. — St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery, 23023 County Hwy. T, town of Ridgeville
• 10:45 a.m. — Pilgrims Home Cemetery, 23023 County Hwy. T, northwest of Norwalk
• 11 a.m. — St. Augustine Catholic Cemetery, 23111 County Hwy. T, northwest of Norwalk
Each service will consist of a short prayer, roll call, three volleys of fire, and “Taps.”
The following is the Ontario American Legion’s Memorial Day schedule:
• 9 a.m. — Brush Creek Cemetery
• 9:15 a.m. — Kickapoo River at Highway 33 in Ontario
• 9:30 a.m. — Old Ontario Cemetery
• 9:45 a.m. — Hillside Cemetery in Ontario
• 10 a.m. — Flag-raising ceremony at Ontario Legion Memorial (Garden Street)
The following is the Memorial Day schedule for Wilton American Legion Post 508:
• St. John’s Catholic Cemetery — 9:30 a.m.
• Hillside Cemetery — 9:50 a.m.
• Kickapoo Bridge — 10 a.m.
• St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery — 10:15 a.m.
• South Ridge Lutheran Cemetery — 10:45 a.m.
• Day Cemetery — 11 a.m.
• Dorset Cemetery — 11:30 a.m.
• Wilton Area Veterans Memorial — 11:45 a.m.
A community potluck lunch will be at the Wilton Legion at noon. Everyone is welcome. Feel free to bring a dish to pass.