Beaver Dam Memorial Day ceremony will take place Monday

The Beaver Dam Memorial Day ceremony will be held Monday at Oakwood Cemetery Veterans Memorial Park near the intersection of Highway 33/151.

“The committee has been very busy planning the Memorial Day ceremony again this year,” said committee chair Lois Levenhagen of the American Legion Auxiliary. “We will honor our veterans past and present who have served or are currently serving in order to preserve the freedom of our country.”

The service will begin at 10:15 a.m., Levenhagen said. The Marine Corps League of Beaver Dam is sponsoring this year’s ceremony. The service will include the reading of the names of veterans who have died in the past year. There will be a flyover this year, weather permitting.

The Beaver Dam High School Marching Band and the St. Katharine Drexel Marching Band will provide music for the memorial service, Levenhagen said. The service will be broadcast and live streamed on WBEV/Daily Dodge for those who cannot attend in person.

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Members of local veterans groups helped plan the Beaver Dam memorial ceremony. Front, left to right, are Lois Levenhagen, Gert Herman, Mayor Mike Wissell, Chuck Staab and Ross O’Brion. In the back, from left to right, are Brian McNutt, David Noe, Jeff Krakow, Ty Letto, Del Winning and Roy Holloway.

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At the cemetery, park benches will be available for seating, but the committee encourages those attending to bring lawn chairs and blankets for additional seating.

“We are honored to have Katlynn Rhyner, Dodge County Veterans Services Officer, as our guest speaker,” Levenhagen said. “She has served in this position since September 2023. She is currently a Sergeant First Class in the Wisconsin National Guard. She enlisted in 2013 as a traditional guard, but has approximately three years of active duty and served overseas in Eastern Europe in 2021-22.

Rhyner started as a Veterans Administration work-study student at the UW-Oshkosh Veterans Resource Center while earning her bachelor’s degree, Levenhagen said. She then worked as a Senior Benefits Specialist with Outagamie County Veterans Services for five years before joining Dodge County as a Veterans Services Officer.

“She loves being a part of the veteran community and being able to serve all generations of veterans,” Levenhagen said.

In the event of rain, the service will be moved to the Veterans Center, 300 Beichl Ave., and will begin at 10:30 a.m. Levenhagen said the change will be announced on WBEV before service begins.

Those with questions can call Levenhagen at 920-887-0642 or Chuck Staab at 920-887-8247.

Follow Terri Pederson on Twitter @tlp53916 or call 920-356-6760

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