Billy Weiss American Legion Post 527 of Sister Bay and VFW Post 8337 of Ellison Bay will hold two Memorial Day ceremonies on Monday, May 28.
At 8:30 am they will meet at Hendrickson Park on the corner of Highway 42 and Mill Road in the Village of Sister Bay to to honor all deceased veterans for their service to our country. A wreath will be placed at the veterans memorial marker in the park.
At 10:30 am they will assemble at Little Sister Cemetery on Little Sister Road next to Bay Ridge Golf Course. Pastor Ed House of Door of Life Christian Church will lead the Invocation; the Gibraltar Band, led by Navy veteran Charlie Eckhardt, will play a medley of military songs; the choir from First Baptist Church will sing a selection of patriotic songs; a list of deceased veterans from this past year will be read.
The main speaker is USMC Col. Julie Mangan Schaffer, who is a 1986 graduate of Gibraltar High School. American Legion bugler Dale Seaquist will sound taps for the 72nd consecutive year and Regina McIntosh will conclude the service with the singing of “God Bless America.”
Please bring a chair. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held at First Baptist Church, 2622 S. Bay Shore Drive (Hwy 42).
All are welcome to honor our veterans.
The following are Memorial Day Services to be held by American Legion George W. Goetz Post 372 Forestville on May 27.
Forestville Town Cemetery: 7:20 am (split squad)
Namur (Pit Road): 7:30 am (split squad)
Brockhausen: 7:40 am (split squad)
Miesere: 7:50 am (split squad)
Brown: 7:55 am (split squad)
Kolberg: 8:05 am
Brussels: 8:20 am
White Star: 8:30 am
Precious Blood: 8:40 am
Stevenson: 9 am
Geises: 9:10 am
Break: 9:30-9:45 am
Maplewood: 9:55 am
Carnot: 10:10 am
Clay Banks: 10:25 am
Vignes: 10:35 am
Mount Olive: 10:45 am
Shiloh Moravian: 10:55 am
Schumacher: 11:05 am
Hainesville: 11:15 am
Salem-Schulties: 11:35 am
Forestville: 11:50 am
Old Catholic Cemetery (between Maplewood & Forestville): 12:10 pm
At 12:15, the group will assemble at the Forestville Town Hall, where 24 flags representing Legion members who have died in the past 10 years will be displayed.
Wisconsin Department of Veteran Affairs Secretary Daniel Zimmerman, who is also a decorated combat veteran, will be the featured speaker at the Sturgeon Bay Memorial Day ceremony, to be held at 10 am Monday, May 28, in the fire department bays at city hall. Pastor Carl Schroeder of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church will serve as chaplain. Andy Anderson and Mary Nickel will sound echo taps, and the Peninsula Symphonic Band will play patriotic music for the ceremony. Brief ceremonies will also be conducted at Bayside Cemetery at 8:30 am, St. Joseph’s Cemetery at 9 am, and the Dorchester at 9:30 am. Marine Corps League Detachment 1130 will provide the rifle squad. Other veterans organizations involved include VFW Post 3088, AMVETS Post 51 and American Legion Post 72.
The island ceremony starts at 10:30 am Monday, May 28, at Bethel Church. This year’s featured topic is the island Merchant Marine history during WWII. There will be prayer, patriotic music, and students will read essays on Americanism. Everyone will then march to the cemetery, where there will be a reading of the names of departed comrades, with bagpipes, rifle squad and a bugler sounding “Taps.” Everyone will then march to Schoolhouse Beach, where there will be laying of a wreath in the water for sailors lost at sea.