Local Memorial Day Events Celebrate Holiday the Right Way
Though many think of Memorial Day weekend as a chance to escape for a long-weekend vacation, don't forget about the people that the holiday is meant to honor; here's information about local parades and ceremonies.
Memorial Day weekend is upon us. For many, it means a three-day weekend getaway, camping, grilling and more.
But don't be quick to forget the true meaning of this holiday while flipping burgers.
"The 'Memorial' in Memorial Day has been ignored by too many of us who are beneficiaries of those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom and liberty," the MemorialDayFoundation.org said. "Often we do not observe the day as it should be, a day where we actively remember those Americans including our ancestors, family members, loved ones neighbors and friends who have paid the price for the blessings of liberty."
Here in Port Washington and Saukville, plenty of events are taking place in honor of those veterans that the holiday represents.
In Port Washington, the parade will start at 10:30 a.m. at the corner of Grand and Wisconsin streets; the route follows Franklin, Pier and Lake streets befored ending in Veterans Memorial Park, where a program will take place. Van Ellis-Schanen Legion Post 82 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5373 will be honored; the program also includes taps and a rifle salute. The Legion provides ice cream and soft drinks for kids after the program.
In Saukville, the American Legion Post 470 sponsors a number of events, icluding: a cemetery service at 8 a.m. Monday at Union Cemetery, with a parade to follow at 9 a.m. After the parade, meet at Veterans Park for the Memorial Day program, with lunch at Landt-Thiel Post after the ceremony.