May 21, 2014
Gary Mader remembers watching his late father Cyril, a survivor of the World War II Battle of the Bulge, pay tribute to his fallen Army comrades every Memorial Day.
On Monday, May 26, Mader, a Kimberly native and Community First member/owner who now lives at the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King, carries on the tradition. He will again serve as commander of the Honor Guard in services that honor all military personnel who gave their lives to protect our country and the freedoms we enjoy.
“I was proud to see him marching in parades and I figured someday I’d do it too,” said Gary, 70, of his father who died in 2004. Memorial Day was particularly important to his father because there were “only 15 of 75 (from his unit) that made it back.”
Gary, who served four years in the Navy during the Vietnam War and later served two years in the Army and 10 years in the Navy Reserves, has not missed participating in a Memorial Day parade or service since 1969.
Area Memorial Day observances
Appleton: The historic Appleton Memorial Day Parade begins at 9 a.m. at College Avenue and Appleton Street before proceeding east on College to Meade Street, north on Meade to Pacific Street and east to Owaissa Street where the parade route ends at the entrance to Riverside Cemetery, 714 N. Owaissa Street. Immediately following the parade, a ceremony will take place at the George D. Eggleston, G.A.R. monument, in the cemetery. A short second ceremony takes place after the first at the Appleton American Legion Post No. 38 plot at the entrance of the St. Joseph Cemetery within Riverside Cemetery.
Neenah-Menasha: The Memorial Day observance begins at 8 a.m. with a waterfront service at the corner of Mill and Main streets in Menasha. The Neenah-Menasha Memorial Day Parade begins at 9 a.m. on Milwaukee Street in Menasha and ends in Neenah at Doty Avenue and Main Street. At about 10:45 a.m. a ceremony will be held at Oak Hill Cemetery in Neenah to honor veterans.
Green Bay Area:
Memorial Day Parade – A Time To Remember: 10 a.m. parade starts at St. John’s Church, 2561 Glendale Ave., Howard.; parade moves down Glendale to Velp and east to Riverview. Memorial service at Duck Creek cemetery at Velp and Riverview. Prior to the parade: 8 a.m. Memorial Day ceremony at Memorial Park, at the north side of Duck Creek VFW and 9 a.m. service at St. John’s Cemetery on Pinecrest between Glendale and Evergreen.
A Soldier’s Remembrance: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Heritage Hill State Park, 2640 S. Webster Ave., Allouez. At 10 a.m., a tribute to past and present U.S. armed forces includes speeches, poems, vignettes and a 21-gun salute will be followed by a memorial service at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Camp Smith. Historical interpreters interact with visitors throughout the day (included with general admission).
Memorial Day at the Garden: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., free admission for all veterans at the Green Bay Botanical Garden, 2600 Larsen Road, Green Bay. (920) 490-9457 or www.gbbg.org
King/Wisconsin Veterans Home: A brief ceremony honoring fallen soldiers at 9:30 a.m. on the shore of Rainbow Lake will be led by the Women’s Relief Corps. The main program, entitled “Remembering Those Who Dared All for the Prize of Freedom,” will take place at 10 a.m. in the cemetery across County QQ to honor all living veterans, active and civilian.
Waupaca: The Memorial Day observance starts at 9 a.m. with a ceremony at the State Street Bridge over the Waupaca River followed by a parade to the city bandstand.
Oshkosh: The Oshkosh Patriotic Council Memorial Day Procession & Ceremony: 9 a.m., Winnebago County Courthouse, 415 Jackson St., Oshkosh.
Kimberly: Kimberly Memorial Day Program, 6:45 p.m. Sunset Park Amphitheater, 800 W. Kimberly Ave., Kimberly.
New London: A Memorial Day Observance begins at 9 a.m. at Taft Park (no parade). Following the program, a brief ceremony will be held at Floral Hill Cemetery or, in the event of inclement weather, at Legion Post 263 at 840 E. North Water St., New London.
Manitowoc: Manitowoc Memorial Day Parade, 9 a.m., along 8th Street in downtown Manitowoc.
Two Rivers: Two Rivers Memorial Day Parade, 9 a.m., starts downtown to Pioneer Rest Cemetery, followed by program to honor fallen soldiers.