Published Monday, May 23, 2016

The City of Appleton’s annual Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony is scheduled for Monday, May 30th, 2016.  The parade route will be east on College Avenue from Appleton Street to Meade Street, north on Meade Street to Pacific Street, east on Pacific Street ending at the corner of Pacific Street and Owaissa Street (at the entrance of Riverside Cemetery). 

The 2016 parade will begin (at the corner of College Avenue & Appleton Street, downtown Appleton) at 9:00 AM with the City of Appleton Band playing the National Anthem, followed by a single shot fired by American Legion Post No. 38’s Scarlet Guard Color Guard.

The Parade will feature local military and veteran groups, scout organizations, military vehicles, municipal organizations, Gold Star family members, local high school bands.

Immediately following the Parade, all military, veteran, and municipal color and honor guards and the City of Appleton Band will file into Appleton’s historic Riverside Cemetery for a traditional Memorial Day ceremony.  The ceremony will include music by the Appleton City Band and a bagpiper, poignant speeches and poems read by students of the Appleton high schools, and a rifle salute and the playing of Taps. 

The Keynote Speaker for Appleton’s official 2016 Memorial Day Ceremony will be Mark Vandenberg of Appleton West High School.  Mark Vandenberg, a junior at Appleton West High School, is honored and humbled to be chosen to give the keynote speech. Mark is the Vice-President of the National Honor Society at West, and he organizes tutoring programs at the school.  Mark is also a member of West’s Mock Trial team, where he won the Best Witness award at the state semi-final. At his church, he is a leader on a diocese-wide young-adult team that coordinates annual pilgrimages. Mark plays on the varsity soccer team and coaches youth teams during the summer. He is currently competing for an Air Force ROTC scholarship and looks forward to serving his country as an officer in the military after obtaining a degree in mechanical engineering.

The public is encouraged to bring a chair and attend the parade and ceremony.  A second, short ceremony will follow the main ceremony at the Appleton American Legion veterans’ plot (paying tribute to local deceased American Legion veterans), which is located at the entrance of St. Joseph’s Cemetery adjacent to Riverside Cemetery in Appleton.

A Lamers Bus Lines trolley bus will transport through the parade Gold Star family members, specially selected Appleton high school students (National Honor Society members) participating in the ceremony, and veterans that are unable to march.

Complete event details can be found via the Appleton Memorial Day Parade page on Facebook, or via the parade’s webpage at

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