Preparing to offer a gun salute are, from left, Legion members Ray Colhouer, Ray Hudzinski, Ken Friend, Chuck Hardesty, Fred Barke, Howard Stewart and Mark Alling.
Preparing to offer a gun salute are, from left, Legion members Ray Colhouer, Ray Hudzinski, Ken Friend, Chuck Hardesty, Fred Barke, Howard Stewart and Mark Alling.

Green Lake honored its fallen veterans with a parade and multiple ceremonies Monday, May 27.

The parade stopped at the bridge on Mill Street for a ceremony to honor those who died at sea. The ceremony featured the “Star-Spangled Banner,” a prayer and a wreath of remembrance.

The American Legion Honor Guard fired off a salute to the dead before the Green Lake School Band performed “Anchor’s Aweigh” to round out the ceremony.

The procession moved on to Green Lake High School for a ceremony featuring performances by the Green Lake School band and choir as well as speeches that left the audience hanging on every word.

Legion Sergeant-at-Arms Art Claggett delivered the Memorial Day address, and the band played “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” to a standing ovation.

Following the ceremony in the high school, the parade marched to Dartford Cemetery, where the scouts placed red geraniums on veterans’ graves and a memorial ceremony was held.

A wreath was placed on the “Some Did Not Come Back” gravestone, and the American Flag was raised. The parade then moved to Bluffton Cemetery for a similar ceremony.

The Memorial Day program featured a quote, which read: “our flag does not fly because the wind moves it… it flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it.”

   See more photos in the May 30, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.