Memorial Day is Monday, and local organizations have planned a day full events to honor the nation's heroes.
Many residents and out-of-towners alike will be staking out spots along the Memorial Day parade route Sunday, but the parade won't step off until 10:30 a.m. Monday.
The 63rd annual Memorial Day parade, hosted by the Elm Grove Junior Guild, will have the theme "A Time to Honor and Thank." Meteorologist John Malan, a Vietnam veteran shot down twice while serving with an aviation unit, will be parade marshal.
The parade will feature the University of Wisconsin-Madison marching band, Wacky Wheeler, the Billy Mitchell Pipe Band, Daley Debutantes Drum & Bugle Corps and Tripoli Antique Autos.
The parade will start at Village Park, head north on Legion Drive, east on Elmhurst Parkway, south on Church Street, west on Watertown Plank Road, south on Elm Grove Road and east on Wall Street to end at the Park and Shop.
Road closures for the parade will begin at 9:15 a.m., with the entire parade route fully restricted by 9:45 a.m.
Friends of the Elm Grove Library members will sell their oatmeal and chocolate chip Bookie Cookies all along the parade route for $1 each beginning at 8:30 a.m. Proceeds will be used to buy new books for the library.
There's plenty to do before and after the parade, too.
Start the day off at the annual Elm Grove Women's Club pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 10 a.m. at the clubhouse, 13385 Watertown Plank Road.
Purchase tickets in advance and receive a free raffle ticket for a chance to win a strand of pearls valued at $400. Pick up tickets through Saturday at Well-Bred Bargains, 890 Elm Grove Road, or Welke's House of Roses, 1020 Legion Drive.
Tickets for adults are $5 in advance or $6 at the door. Tickets for children are $4.
Head to St. Mary's
St. Mary's Visitation Parish, 13000 Juneau Blvd., will celebrate 8 a.m. Mass then offer an opportunity to speak with members of veterans' organization Dryhootch.
The group's goal is to assist those who survived war in surviving the peace by helping veterans reconnect, take part in peer-to-peer counseling or simply spend time together.
Coffee and doughnuts will abe served.
At 9 a.m., Brookfield's Stenz-Griesell-Smith American Legion Post 449 will hold an honor ceremony in the St. Mary's cemetery, 1260 Church St. The ceremony will honor World War II veteran and former Post 449 member Arthur Marks, who died in January.
The 30-minute ceremony will include a 21-gun salute, eulogy and performance of legion songs. Members of Post 449 also later march in the village's parade.
Local band on tap
The Elm Grove Business Association's post-parade party - featuring food, fun and music - will be held in the parking lot at Sendiks Food Market, 13425 Watertown Plank Road. Festivities begin at 10 a.m. Hot dogs, brats and other items will be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Children younger than 16 will receive free ice cream.
The Elm Grove Men's Club will sponsor music by local band Elm Grove Spiders, and Pabst Brewery is providing the beer.
Proceeds will benefit Stenz-Griesell-Smith American Legion Post 449, which moved from Elm Grove to Brookfield after a fire.
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