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Honoring the ultimate sacrifice (copy)

VFW Post 987 Commander Jerry Parchem delivers the keynote speech during last year's Memorial Day ceremony at Walnut Hill Cemetery in Baraboo.

Several Memorial Day ceremonies honoring the nation’s fallen soldiers will take place this weekend in and around Baraboo.

The Veterans Memorial Committee will host a variety of events beginning at 9 a.m. Monday with a gathering on the Ash Street bridge near Water Street in Baraboo. The ceremony will include words from Bill Crowley and American Legion Post 26 Commander George Stopper. An honor guard will salute the deceased, and flowers will be placed on the water.

The events will continue with a 10 a.m. parade through downtown Baraboo followed by a performance from the Baraboo High School band on the courthouse lawn.

The services will conclude with an 11 a.m. ceremony at Walnut Hill Cemetery. The program will include speeches, a reading by Rosie Cummings of the names of late armed services members from Baraboo and other symbolic gestures paying homage to veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice. Dr. Anthony Kujawa will be the keynote speaker.

Circus World also will celebrate its annual Military Service Day with a special ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. All active military, reservists, veterans and their families will be admitted free to attend the program and all of the shows.

The program will begin in Circus World’s Hippodrome building. Executive Director Scott O’Donnell will lead the proceedings along with Chaplin Pat Acker and Sgt. Maj. Bryan Ward, who will deliver the keynote address.

The national anthem and a medley of armed forces service songs to honor each branch of the military will be sung by vocalists Nancy Rago and Dave SaLoutos, accompanied by Circus World Musical Director Larry Stout. The museum’s patriotic circus wagons dating back to 1903 also will be displayed.

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Baraboo News Republic Reporter