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The 63rd Annual Appleton Flag
Day Parade will be a tribute to the U.S. Army.
The Honorary Parade Marshal will be a high-ranking Army officer.
This year also marks the 60th anniversary of the Korean War and we will be paying special tribute to those veterans.
The Parade will feature military units and military marching bands from throughout the nation — and will include about 100 total units displaying patriotic themes. Units will consist of veterans' organizations, scout troops, patriotic floats, decorated vehicles, walking units, along with marching bands.
Theme: "Celebrating Our Nation's Pride"
Date/Time: June 8, 2013
Begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
Expected to conclude by 4:30 p.m.
The Parade will follow its traditional route
The 2013 Flag Day Parade will
use the traditional staging area and route.
For details and a map, see the Route page.
Parade Grand Marshal
In 1949 the Appleton Elks Club made
the decision to honor the U.S. Flag with a community parade.
The Elks, many of whom were WWII veterans, wanted each citizen
to be proud to live in the United States of America and to
appreciate their freedom. That same year, an Act of Congress
signed by President Truman officially recognized June 14th
as National Flag Day.
The first Flag Day Parade in Appleton was held in 1950.
Each year the City of Appleton Flag Day Parade’s Grand Marshal
is the American Flag. "Old Glory" rides in the Parade's lead
vehicle to kickoff the oldest Flag Day Parade in the nation.
Escorting the U.S. Flag
The flag is escorted by a local or regional individual who has been an example of extreme patriotism. This year's Escort to the U.S. Flag in the Jeep (Parade Grand Marshal) will be SFC A.J. Radosevich. Radosevich (rad-os-o-vich) is a Bronze Star Medal Recipient, and a member of the 3rd Battalion 339th Regiment 95th Division of the U.S. Army Reserve in Neenah.
Honorary Parade Marshal
Brig. Gen. Alton (Al) G. Berry was selected as the 88th Regional Support Command (RSC) Commanding General as of 19 May 2012. Brig. Gen. Berry was a Distinguished Military Graduate from the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga., where he received a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy, and received a Regular Army commission as an Air Defense Artillery Officer in 1978.
As a Second Lieutenant, Brig. Gen. Berry served as a Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer in the 3d Infantry Division, in Wurzburg, Germany. He also served as Battalion S1 and Headquarters and Headquarters Company Commander in the 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade at Fort Bliss, Texas.
Later, Brig. Gen. Berry served as the Senior Test Officer for the Hawk Phase III Missile System, also at Fort Bliss, Texas. Upon leaving Fort Bliss, he served as Adjutant of the 902d Military Intelligence Group at Fort Meade, Md. He then served in South Korea with the 19th Support Command and with 24th Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Ga. Brig. Gen. Berry joined the Army Reserve in 1993, and performed duties as S1 and Executive Officer with 1st Battalion, 339th Regiment, in Sturtevant, Wis.
Brig. Gen. Berry’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Army Staff Badge. Brig. Gen. Berry’s military education includes the Air Defense Artillery Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Combined Arms and Services Staff School, the Command and General Staff College, and a Master of Strategic Studies degree from the U.S. Army War College.
Brig. Gen. Alton (Al) G. Berry last year at a parade in Chicago and at a building dedication in Washington state.
Featured Groups... Scheduled to Appear
The 484th Army Band of Milwaukee is scheduled to appear in the 2013 Appleton Flag Day Parade (Saturday, June 8th). Following the Parade, the Band will perform a patriotic concert at the Appleton American Legion (3220 W. College Avenue) at 5 PM.
A sponsor of the 484th Army Band
A sponsor of the 484th Army Band
The University of
Wisconsin Marching Band
Members of the UW Band will be performing in the Parade. This Band is best known for its high-stepping style, showmanship and unique traditions. The band has become world-famous with its “On Wisconsin” finales and 5th Quarter music at Wisconsin Badger events.
Iris Fine Yarns in Appleton, WI is sponsoring the UW Band in the Parade. Visit their website at http://www.irisfineyarns.com. The Wisconsin Alumni Association, Fox Valley Chapter is co-sponsoring the project to bring the band to town, and sponsoring its post-parade performance at City Park. Their website is at http://www.uwalumni.com/foxvalley.
The UW Bucky Wagon
The Bucky Wagon adds friendly chaos, student energy, and safe smoke to our Flag Day Parade. Recently Pierce Manufacturing donated renovations to the Bucky Wagon. The Pierce website is at: http://www.piercemfg.com/en/home.aspx
Saturday Before The Parade Begins...
Free U.S. flags will be handed out along
the Parade route about one hour before the Parade begins. This
project is a cooperative effort of the following organizations.
After the Parade
The UW Marching Band presents its 5th Quarter at City Park
At about 4:30 p.m. after the Parade, members of the University of Wisconsin Marching Band are scheduled to perform their famous 5th Quarter at City Park. Known for its high-stepping style, showmanship and unique traditions, the band has become world-famous with its “On Wisconsin” finales and 5th Quarter music and highjinks at Wisconsin Badger events. Sponsoring their post-parade appearance is The Wisconsin Alumni Association, Fox Valley Chapter.
Appleton’s American Legion Post
No. 38 to Host Annual Post Parade Party
This annual Post Flag Day Parade Party is scheduled to include a performance by the 484th Army Band of Milwaukee. The event is open to the public and will begin at approximately 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, 2013, at Don Hawkins Baseball Field on the grounds of the Appleton American Legion at 3220 W. College Avenue. Free admission! Food and refreshments will be available at a minimal cost.
A Parade Party Poster is available for download.
The American Legion is dedicated to supporting and advocating the best interests of veterans, promoting Americanism, goodwill, and camaraderie between its members and the community.
WFRV TV 5 will videotape the Parade for rebroadcast on WFRV TV 5 and WJMN TV 3 in Escanaba, MI on Saturday, June 15 from Noon – 1:30 p.m. Viewers in all of Northeastern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan will be able to see it.
© 2013 Flag Day Parade Committee