City of Appleton Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony


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 9:00 AM with the City of Appleton Band playing the National Anthem, followed by a single shot fired by The Scarlet Guard Color Guard of Appleton’s American Legion Post No. 38.

Parade entries will include local and regional military and veteran groups, scout organizations, military vehicles, municipal organizations, Gold Star family members, local high school bands, and the return of an antique, horse-drawn hearse complete with a flag-draped casket (sponsored by Brettschneider-Trettin-Nickel Funeral Home and the Appleton Education Association).

Appleton East High School’s Patriot Marching Band will be in Washington, D.C. for the nation’s Memorial Day Parade.  Representing Appleton East High School in the Appleton Memorial Day Parade will be the Appleton East High School Orchestra, Cheerleaders, and the Football Team carrying a large U.S. Flag courtesy of Capitol Credit Union.

Immediately following the Parade, all military, veteran, and municipal color and honor guards will file into Appleton’s historic Riverside Cemetery for a traditional Memorial Day ceremony.  The ceremony will include music interludes by the Appleton City Band, poignant speeches read by Appleton high school students, a rifle salute, and the playing of Taps.  The public is encouraged to bring the whole family to attend this patriotic event.

A second, short ceremony will follow the main ceremony at the Appleton American Legion veterans’ plot (paying tribute to 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 Gold Star family members, Appleton high school National Honor Society students, and veterans that are unable to march through the parade

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

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