I’ve never seen a parade in Appleton, but I’ve never missed one, either.
I’ve been working behind the scenes of Appleton’s marquee parades most of my life. As a volunteer member of the Appleton Parade Committee, my job is to plan, organize, and stage this year’s Memorial Day and Flag Day Parades.
The Memorial Day Parade features approximately 50 units, including local high school bands and civic groups. After the parade, local high school students deliver awe-inspiring speeches to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice. The Moment of Remembrance Ceremony is held at Riverside Cemetery.
The Flag Day Parade is the nation’s oldest parade and, certainly, its best, but this year’s parade day promises something extra special.
The United States Postal Service recently designed a special Forever stamp to commemorate the 200th anniversary of The Flag Act of 1818. When it needed a patriotic place for the dedication ceremony, Appleton delivered.
The U.S.P.S. will unveil the Flag Act of 1818 Bicentennial Forever Stamp on Saturday, June 9 at 11:30 a.m. in Houdini Plaza. The public is welcome to attend and enjoy patriotic speeches and songs, performed by the 484th Army Band, Appleton East Marching Band, and N.E.W. Voices.
See you downtown on May 28 and June 9. I wouldn’t miss it for anything!
The Memorial Day Parade begins at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, May 28.
The 68th Appleton Flag Day Parade begins at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 9.
Written by Corey Otis – Volunteer Member of the Appleton Parade Committee