As Memorial Day approaches, observances are planned in West Allis and Greenfield to pay tribute to those who fell in the nation's wars and to honor all who served.
Two observances will be held in Greenfield.
One will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Arlington Park Cemetery, 4141 S. 27th St. — a tribute held in conjunction with the Milwaukee County Council of the American Legion, Fire Fighters Post 426 and Lakeshore Post 474.
Activities will begin with an in-cemetery parade to the American Legion Section and presentation of the flag and placing and dedication of the wreath. Betty Moore and Risen Savior Bible Choir will perform patriotic songs.
The keynote speaker will be retired Vice Admiral Dirk Debbink, also former chief of the Naval Reserve. After graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1977, he ultimately became chief of staff of the Pacific Fleet.
Bagpiper Steve Curran will perform "Amazing Grace," accompanying a dove release.
Refreshments will be served after the program. The observance will be held rain or shine. Those attending should bring their own chairs. For information, call (414) 282-6600.
The other observance will be a ceremony and picnic at 1 p.m. Sunday at Bicentennial Park, 5300 W. Layton Ave., sponsored by the United Seniors of Wisconsin.
The ceremony will include placement of the memorial wreath, dedication of the Tomb of an Unknown Soldier and raising the flag by Greenfield Mayor Michael Neitzke.
The Pioneer Drum & Bugle Corps will perform and American Legion Post 18 color guard will present the colors. A 21-gun salute and taps will be offered by Post 18.
The observance also will salute the late Dorothy Seeley, who founded the United Seniors of Wisconsin. She died Feb. 1 at the age of 96.
Seeley of Greenfield ran a 60-ton crane for nearly 30 years at Nordberg Inc. But it was in the legislative forum that she shone. Seeley was determined and dynamic in testifying about issues affecting seniors.
Those attending will be invited to share memories of Seeley and stay for lunch.
In West Allis, the annual Memorial Day parade will step off at 10 a.m. Monday from 70th Street and Greenfield Avenue. Led by a police squad car and fire engine, the parade will be packed with military color guards and even have vehicles from the Midwest Military Vehicle Association.
The American Legion Harley Group will rumble by and veterans from all the nation's wars will be honored as they ride in two trolleys. The high school and intermediate school bands will play and Boy Scout Troop 580 will give out American flags along the parade route.
The procession will march west on Greenfield Avenue to 75th Street where it will turn south to National Avenue to Veterans Memorial Park at 70th, where a Memorial Day observance will be held by the Allied Veterans Committee.
West Allis Mayor Dan Devine giving the city's tribute and Charles Roloff, vice commander of the Wisconsin American Legion, giving the veterans tribute.
Boy Scout Troop 580 will perform the laying of the wreath and the flag ceremony and a rifle squad from American Legion posts 18 and 427 will fire a salute. Taps will be played by Nathan Hale High School student Samuel Catania.