A Day To Honor And Remember Veterans

A full day of events will be held in Jefferson at Rotary Park to honor and remember the veterans who served our country.


Rotary Waterfront Park Pavilion 301 S. Gardner Ave. Jefferson, WI

Memorial Day Schedule Of Events

7:00 am Fun Run/Walk Registration Opens

Registration for The Schopen Schuffle, will be located at the intersection of W. Milwaukee St. & S. Gardner Ave. just north of the former Railroad Depot.

You can still register for the run/walk between 7:00 am and 8:00 am the day of the event.

8:00 am A Moment of Silence in Honor of Veterans


8:01 am The Schopen Schuffle Fun Run/Walk Starts


9:00 am to 3:00 pm The Jefferson Historical Museum

The Jefferson Historical Museum will be open featuring local Civil War Era memorabilia. Personal tours will be available.

10:15 am Dedication of Pavilion Commemorative Bricks, Donor Plaque & Flagpole


10:30 am Traditional Memorial Day Observance Featuring:

Performances by the Jefferson High School Band

  • The Presentation of Colors by the VFW & American Legion Color Guard
  • The Pledge of Allegiance led by Boy Scout Troop 147
  • The National Anthem performed by the JHS Vocal Ensemble
  • POW/MIA Empty-Chair Salute & Marine Service by VFW Auxiliary
  • Key Note Address by Civil War Historian Ed Pierce
  • Muster Roll read by VFW Commander Ken Heitz, followed by the playing of Taps and Retiring the Colors by the Honor Guard.


Immediately following the Memorial Day Ceremony, food & beverages will be available to purchase throughout the afternoon.

The VFW Auxiliary will offer BBQ Sandwiches, Hot Dogs, Brats, Home-made pastries, Root Beer Floats, Custard Cones and Bottled Water.

Capn’s Catering will offer Grilled Chicken Dinners, Hamburgers, Beer & Soda


  • 11:45 am to 1:00 pm The Historic 1st Brigade Civil War Band will perform authentic Civil War Era music on actual instruments from that period.
  • 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm The VanEskes perform popular hits of the 1960s and ‘70s.