Fort Atkinson Memorial Day Activities Set

    The Veteran’s Memorial Day remembrance on Monday, May 31st 2021, will begin with a breakfast at the American Legion Dugout(201 S Water St E.) from 6:30 – 10:00 a.m. Cost of the breakfast is $7 adults; 3 – 12 $4 and under age 3 is free. This is sponsored by the American Legion Post 166 Auxiliary.

    Two Honor Guard cemetery crews will depart from the Legion Dugout at 7:00 a.m.  The West run commanded by Legionnaire Bob Ehrke will be at Wards Cemetery at 7:20, North Oakland at 7:33, Oakland at 7:45, Ives at 8:05, Seventh Day Advent at 8:20, Bussseyville at 8:40 and Union at 8:50.  The South run commanded by Legionnaire Brian Cluver will be at Lakeview Cemetery at 7:40, South Koshkonong at 8:10, Cold Spring at 8:40 and Hebron at 9:10.  These are approximate times and may be cancelled due to weather.

    The Marine Observance begins at 10am and will be led by American Legion Post 166 Commander Joel Osmundson with Post Chaplain Roger Faultersak offering the prayer.  Flower Strewers for the observance consists of: Betty Schelb of Post 166 American Legion Auxiliary, Faith Elford of Post 1879 Veterans of Foreign War Auxiliary, Karen Swader of Chapter 409 Vietnam Veterans of America, Nancy Olson of Daughters of the American Revolution, and Helen O’Neil, Gold Star Mothers.  

    The parade will start at approximately 10:25 from the American Legion Dugout to the Evergreen Cemetery. Parade Marshal this year is Fort Atkinson’s “Windy” Frohmader.  The parade will feature the Fort Atkinson Honor Guard, Daughters of the American Revolution, military vehicles, Fort Atkinson High School band, parade dignitaries, and ROTC cadets.  

    The observance at Evergreen Cemetery will begin at 11:00 a.m. Commander Joel Osmundson will be the Master of Ceremonies.  This year, Logan’s Orders will be read by 2021 Fort Atkinson High School Senior Class President Brooke Leibman and the Gettysburg Address will be read by 2022 Senior Class co-Presidents Abbey Hoffman and Sophie Chapman.  Decorating the Monument will be Steve Swader of Chapter 409 Vietnams Veterans of America, Bill Imsland of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1879, and Joel Osmundson of Post 166 American Legion.  Elly Scheuerell and Mackenzie Horwath from Fort Atkinson High School will play echo taps followed by the Fort Atkinson High School Senior band playing the National Anthem.  Post Adjutant Richard Miles will also Command the Honor Guard for the event. Flowers for the honor ceremonies are donated by Humphrey’s florist.  In case of inclement weather, the Evergreen Ceremony will be held at the Legion Hall.

    The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1879 will also have a luncheon starting at 12pm outside the clubhouse at N2074 Vets Ln, Fort Atkinson.   

    The “National Moment of Remembrance” resolution was passed on Dec 2000 which asks that at 3 p.m. local time, for all Americans “To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to ‘Taps.” 

    The Veteran organizations would also like to remind all people in the community to show respect by flying their flags.  If your flag is flown on a flagpole, your flag should be flown at half-mast until noon at which time it should be raised fully.

    A special “thank you” to Fort Atkinson Boy Scout Troops 131 and 134 for their assistance in placing over 1700 American flags at the Veterans graves at Evergreen and Lakeview Cemeteries on May 24th.  Flags are scheduled to be removed on June 7th.  We ask that those in attendance for our events please use preventative measures when interacting with one another to decrease the risk of spreading flu, cold, COVID, etc.  Your safety is our priority.

    For more information about Memorial Day and its origins please visit: http://www.usmemorialday.org/backgrnd.html