Wileman Elementary School fifth graders helped make Delavan’s Spring Grove Cemetery a little more patriotic prior to Memorial Day.
On Thursday, May 23, about 42 students graders put out 108 flags at the entrance to the cemetery, one each for every veteran from Delavan who perished in battle dating back to the Civil War.
The flag holders also had a connection to the Delavan-Darien School District. Delavan-Darien High School metals class students made them specifically for the occasion.
Prior to the flag-placing, Ken Wargo, who is restoring the cemetery’s Civil War Monument (a piece created in 1870), talked to the students about the importance of Memorial Day; honoring the service all soldiers living and those who have passed on; and keeping the history of Delavan alive. He was joined in his discussion by several U.S. Servicemen, both active and retired.
The flags will be on display through Memorial Day. The city’s parade starts at 9 a.m. on the corner of Walworth Avenue and Main Street, and proceeds east through Delavan. It ends at the cemetery with a presentation at the Civil War monument.
DDHS and Phoenix marching bands will be a part of it. Don’t miss it!
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