May 26, 2017

Contact: Sen. Robert Cowles: (608) 266-0484

A Day to Pay Homage

With sunny skies and temperatures rising, Wisconsinites are looking forward to Memorial Day weekend. Not only is it the ceremonious kickoff of summer, but it’s an opportunity for us to enjoy a long-weekend of recreating and relaxing with friends and family. Whether you have plans to devour brats and potato salad at a cookout, break out the jersey and take in a ball game, or grab the fishing poles and head to the lake, we must not forget the true meaning of this weekend.

Memorial Day has roots dating back to 1868, with community members decorating fallen soldiers graves with flowers to commemorate their sacrifice. It wasn’t until 1971 that Congress declared Memorial Day an official federal holiday, electing that this day holds such importance that we must be unified in celebration. Today, almost every city, village, and town throughout the United States has their own way of commemorating local military heroes who lost their lives.

“Every man and woman who has taken time to serve our country deserves our deepest gratitude,” said Senator Robert Cowles (R-Green Bay), “but those who made the ultimate sacrifice hold an honor that is unmatched. No matter how you choose to celebrate your Memorial Day weekend, please take a moment to remember those brave souls who perished to ensure our freedom.”

As you enjoy your Memorial Day weekend, consider taking a moment to honor fallen soldiers by visiting a veteran’s monument. Listed below are veteran’s monuments around Wisconsin’s 2nd Senate District, which covers portions of Brown, Outagamie, Shawano, and Waupaca Counties:  


2nd Senate District Veteran’s Memorial Sites

        All Veterans, Kaukauna High School, Kaukauna

        Brown County Veterans Memorial, near the Resch Center, Ashwaubenon

        In Memory of Those Who Served, City Hall Complex, Seymour

        Mohican Veterans Memorial, County Road A, Bowler

        Shawano County Veterans Memorial, in front of the court house, Shawano

        Veterans Memorial Bridge, near Thilmany Mill, Kaukauna

        Veteran’s Memorial Park Ring of Honor, Lawe Street, Kaukauna

        Veterans Memorial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Shawano

        Veterans Park, East Main Street, Hortonville

        Wall of Honor, Four Seasons Park, Hobart

        Wittenberg Veterans Memorial, in front of the Community Center, Wittenberg


I also invite you to join your neighbors in honoring our fallen troops by attending a Memorial Day parade or celebration. The following list shows Memorial Day events located around the 2nd Senate District:


2nd Senate District Memorial Day Events

        Allied Veterans Parade, Huckleberry Harbor to Woodlawn Cemetery, Shawano, Starting at 9:20 AM

        Allouez Catholic Memorial Day Celebration, Allouez Catholic Cemetery, Allouez, Starting at 10:00 am

        Appleton Memorial Day Parade, Downtown to Riverside Cemetery, Appleton, 9:00 am to 11:00 am

        Bear Creek VFW Parade, St. Mary's Cemetery, Bear Creek, Starting at 11:00 am

        Birnamwood Legion Post #341 Memorial Day Celebration, Birnamwood, 10:30 am to 2 pm

        Bonduel Memorial Day Observance, Bonduel Community Archives, Bonduel, Starting at 10:30 am

        Black Creek American Legion Memorial Day Ceremonies, Black Creek, Starting at 9:30 am

        Celebrate De Pere Veterans Salute Ceremony, Voyager Park, De Pere, Starting at 12:15 pm

        De Pere Kiwanis Memorial Day Parade, West De Pere High School, De Pere, Starting at 10 am

        Duck Creek VFW Parade, corner of Cardinal Ln and Glendale Ave, Howard, Starting 10 am

        Kaukauna Memorial Day Service, Veterans Memorial Park, Kaukauna, Starting at 11:00 am

        Memorial Day: A Soldier’s Remembrance, Heritage Hill State Park, Allouez, 10 am to 4:30 pm

        Memorial Day at Green Bay Botanical Gardens, Green Bay, 9:00 am to 7:00 pm

        Memorial Day Observance and Parade, Hortonville High School, Hortonville, Starting at 9:30 am

        Memorial Day Reception, Historical Society Museum, Ashwaubenon, Starting at 11:30 am

        Seymour Memorial Day Parade and Program, Veterans Memorial Park, Seymour, 9:00 to 10:30 am

        Tigerton Memorial Day Event, Veterans Memorial Park, Tigerton, Starting at 11:00 am


For those outside of the 2nd Senate District, refer to your local tourism bureau’s webpage or local community calendar, or contact the local chapter of the American Legion, Kiwanis International, Veterans of Foreign Wars, or counterpart organization to learn about events taking place in your area.