The sights and sounds of Memorial Day could be heard from College Avenue in the Fox Cities Monday morning.
Appleton’s annual Memorial Day parade brought families from near and far despite the rain.
The sounds of drums and horns were sounds of a new family tradition for some.
“This is our second year bringing Bryant to the parade,” says Jenny Wilz. “Last year we had a little bit nicer weather, we came in he, was still just still in his car seat, he couldn’t move around yet, so this year was really nice to see him waving and waving his flag at everyone walking by.”
For others it’s personal.
“We come out to honor my dad, their grandpa, his great grandpa who was in the Korean War,” says Cindy Bergholtz. “It’s just always been a tradition to come to this parade.”
“My father and my father-in-law both served in the military and I know other men and women that have served, so it’s a chance, even though I didn’t serve personally, to show respect,” says Scott Rademacher.
“They give their sacrifice for us to be free and to just live in this wonderful country,” says Janice Cole. “It’s so emotional when you see the flag and the bands go by.”
It’s a sacrifice that has been made by innumerable women and men.
“The boy scout troops went by and they had name cards of how many people died in all the different wars,” says Cole. “Boy, is that overwhelming to see.”
“If it weren’t for them we would not be as fortunate as we are to be living a good life,” says Bergholtz. “God bless every one of them.”
The parade wrapped up with a special ceremony at Riverside Cemetery honoring veterans with poems and a rifle salute.