Area ready to honor Memorial Day

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  • BDN file photo The Beloit Turner High School Band was one of the many participating groups in last year's Memorial Day Parade. This year's parade will begin at 9 a.m. on May 27 in South Beloit.

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    BDN file photo Huge crowds lined the parade route for last year's Memorial Day Parade, which traveled from South Beloit to Beloit. This year's parade will begin at 9 a.m. on May 27 in South Beloit.

  • BDN file photo The Beloit Turner High School Band was one of the many participating groups in last year's Memorial Day Parade. This year's parade will begin at 9 a.m. on May 27 in South Beloit.

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    BDN file photo Huge crowds lined the parade route for last year's Memorial Day Parade, which traveled from South Beloit to Beloit. This year's parade will begin at 9 a.m. on May 27 in South Beloit.

Parades, ceremonies and other events await those looking to honor the nation's fallen heroes who served in the U.S. armed forces.

Here are some ways those in the Stateline Area can celebrate Memorial Day on Monday:

Beloit/South Beloit

Local veterans groups have planned a plethora of events in Beloit and South Beloit.

All of the groups come together to form the United Veterans Memorial Day Parade Committee.

Comprised of members from VFW Mead Allen post 2306, the Marine Corps League, South Beloit American Legion Post 288, Beloit West-Field Post 48 American Legion and Rock County Disabled American Veterans Chapter 14, committee co-chair Michael Bendickson said the day will begin at 6:30 a.m. with a wreath laying ceremony and volley salute at the Rotary River Center in Beloit. The ceremony, hosted by the Marine Corps League and Auxiliary, also will include the presentation of colors and the three-volley salute. Rick West will perform taps.

After the wreathe laying ceremony, a group of marines will travel to Afton for a ceremony to honor fallen marines.

The annual parade begins at 9 a.m. in South Beloit and ends in Beloit. The parade runs down Blackhawk Boulevard in South Beloit to State Street in Beloit, then turns on East Grand Avenue and ends near Horace White Park.

Bands from the School Districts of Beloit, Turner and South Beloit will be performing in the parade along with Rise Up Marching Phoenixes, a 40 person drum and bugle corps out of Rockford.

"We have quite an array of participants, everything from Model A cars to drum and bugle corps," Bendickson said. "The outcome for the citizens of Beloit is really great."

He asks those marching in the parade to not enter the lineup from Blackhawk Boulevard, but instead use the back streets to make sure all the floats are facing the correct way.

After the parade, South Beloit American Legion Post 288 will hold two ceremonies. At 11 a.m., there will be a ceremony at the American Legion Hall, 14879 Dorr Road, followed by another ceremony at 11:30 a.m. at Floral Lawn Cemetery.

In Beloit, there will be a ceremony at the East Lawn Cemetery at noon. Turner high schoolers will perform the national anthem and taps, and the Marine Corps League Honor Guard will fire three volleys.

Rockton

Rockton's Memorial Day parade, led by the Rockton American Legion Post 332, will begin at 9 a.m. on Monday on the south side of the bridge over the Rockton River on Blackhawk Boulevard and travel north to cemetery. At the conclusion of the parade, speakers will then read the names of departed veterans who are buried nearby.

Roscoe

A Memorial Day parade is scheduled in Roscoe at 11 a.m. on Monday. The parade begins at the corner of Main Street and Bridge Street, where the procession will then turn on Broad Street and go east to Roscoe Township Cemetery.

After the parade, Roscoe VFW Post 2955 will host a wreathe laying ceremony at the cemetery to honor fallen veterans. This will include a reading of all the veterans who have fallen and are buried in the cemetery. Taps will be performed, and the three volley salute will be fired.

Delavan

Delavan's Memorial Day Parade and ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. on Monday. The parade route will begin at Main Street and Walworth Avenue, traveling to Spring Grove Cemetery for a ceremony which includes a rifle salute and taps. This year's guest speaker is veteran Senator Stephen Nass. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held at 9:30 a.m. inside the Delavan Darien High School auditorium.

Orfordville

American Legion Post 209 will begin with a ceremony at Parkview High School at 10:30 a.m. on Monday.

Karl Stuvengen, master of ceremonies, said this year's guest speaker is Dave Wischer, a Wisconsin American Legion State Vice Commander.

Following the ceremony a parade will head out from the high school and will end at the Orfordville American Legion Post 209. At the conclusion of the parade, Memorial Park located near the legion will be rededicated.

After the ceremony, there will be a chicken and pork chop barbecue at the legion hall.

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