Prairie du Chien observes Memorial Day with annual parade and program

The annual Memorial Day observance will take place in Prairie du Chien on Monday, May 26. The parade will commence at 10:30 a.m.

The parade route will be from the intersection of Blackhawk Avenue and Michigan Street west to Beaumont Road and then south to the Fort Crawford Military Cemetery. The annual Memorial Day program at the military cemetery will follow around 10:45 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, the will be held at Bluff View School.

All marching units, including the PdC Honor Guard, Legionnaires, VFW members, ex-servicemen, Legion and VFW Auxiliaries, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, patriotic organizations, school children carrying flowers and flags, Bluff View School band and the PdC High School band, are requested to assemble at the First Merit Bank parking lot on South Michigan Street no later than 10:15 a.m. Monday.

Pastor Andy Doll, of the Bible Baptist Church, will start with the invocation. The Boy Scouts will perform the flag raising ceremony. The Prairie du Chien High School band will play the National Anthem.

Then, the Girl Scouts will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. A Boy Scout will read the Gettysburg Address. The band will follow with a few musical selections while the Girl Scouts put flowers on the graves.

Next, a Girl Scout will read “In Flanders Field.” Kersten “Rocky” Rocksvold will give a Memorial Day address. Then, finally, the Prairie du Chien Honor Guard will perform a rifle salute and play taps before Pastor Doll says the closing prayer.

After the program, the PdC Honor Guard will visit all cemeteries and the veterans memorials at the courthouse and the Old Rock School.

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