"United We Stand"

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The 67th Annual Appleton Flag Day Parade will be held on June 10, 2017, and will be a tribute to the U.S. Coast Guard.

•  Date: Saturday,
    June 10, 2017
•  Time:
    2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

This year’s parade will feature a theme “United We Stand” to celebrate our community, family traditions and respect for Old Glory. The Parade will feature military units and military marching bands from throughout the nation — and will include about 100 total units. Participants include veterans' organizations, scout troops, patriotic floats, decorated vehicles, walking units, along with multiple marching bands.


Girl with US Flag

This year's Flag Day Parade will
use the traditional staging area
and route.
For details and a map,
see the Route page.  


Parade Grand Marshal

Child with sunglasses and US flagEach 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.
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.

Escorting the U.S. Flag

This year's Escort to the U.S. Flag in the Parade Grand Marshal Jeep will be Machinery Technician Petty Officer First Class (MK1) Peter D. Lenzo, U.S. Coast Guard.

Machinery Technician First Class Peter D. Lenzo Jr. is currently assigned to Sector Lake Michigan, Reserve Force Readiness Systems (RFRS), within the Contingency Planning and Force Readiness Department. The RFRS staff is responsible for the readiness and deployability of over 150 Reservists within the Sector Lake Michigan area of responsibility.
Petty Officer Lenzo's previous assignments include Engineering Petty Officer, CG Station Portage (formally STANT Portage), Dollar Bay, MI; USCGC EAGLE (WIX 327), New London, CT; CG Station Ludington, Ludington, MI; USCGC Acacia (WLB 406), Charlevoix, MI.
Training & Qualifications
Besides his training and experience as an Machinery Technician (MK), Petty Officer Lenzo has earned many qualifications within the Coast Guard such as Ice Rescuer/ Instructor, Cutter swimmer, Boarding Officer, small boat crew, and small boat engineer just to name a few. As one of the Coast Guard's largest ratings, Machinery Technicians are trained not only as technicians, but as managers and leaders, acquiring a breadth of knowledge in all areas of machinery operation and maintenance from internal combustion engines (gas/diesel gas turbines) to environmental support systems (heating/ventilations/air conditioning), hydraulics, basic electricity, and areas of hazardous material recovery and control.
Petty Officer Lenzo's personal awards include one Coast Guard Achievement Medal with Operational Distinguishing Device, Four Commandant's Letter of Commendation Ribbons with Operational Distinguishing Device, and numerous other individual and unit awards. Petty Officer Lenzo has earned the permanent Boat Force Operations Insignia.
Petty Officer Lenzo has been married to his wife Katie for over 10 years. They have a two year old daughter.

Honorary Parade Marshal


Captain Amy (Baribeau) Cocanour, currently serves as Commander, Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan. As such, she leads 23 Coast Guard units with a force of over 500 Active Duty, 200 Reserve and 1200 Auxiliary personnel conducting Search and Rescue, Law Enforcement, Aids to Navigation, Marine Safety, and Homeland Security missions in the states of Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Her authorities and responsibilities include Capt. of the Port Lake Michigan; Officer in Charge, Marine Inspection; Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator; Federal Maritime Security Coordinator; and Federal On-Scene Coordinator.

Lived 10 years as a child in Appleton 
Capt. Cocanour spent her childhood from 1973 to 1983 in Appleton, before moving to Thiensville for high school. She graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 1992, with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Science, and earned a Masters of Marine Affairs from the University of Washington in 1998. Her first tour was as a Deck Watch Officer aboard the Coast Guard Cutter DEPENDABLE, homeported in Galveston, Texas, from 1992-1994, conducting primarily migrant interdiction operations in the Caribbean. 
Service in Washington state, New Orleans, Hawaii, and North Carolina 
In 1994, she was assigned to the Planning and Port Operations Department at Marine Safety Office (MSO) Puget Sound, and after graduate school, to the Coast Guard Headquarters Office of Response in Washington D.C. In 2002, she was reassigned to MSO Puget Sound as the Assistant Chief of Port Operations and the Chief of Incident Management at Sector Seattle. In 2006, Capt. Cocanour headed to District Eight in New Orleans, Louisiana as the Chief of the Enforcement Branch, and managed emerging Ports, Waterways and Coastal Security requirements and law enforcement operations. She also served as the Chief of Incident Management, coordinating pollution response support, search and rescue policy, and oversaw Command Center operations. From 2008-2011 she was the Chief of Response at Sector Honolulu, Hawaii, coordinating the response to pollution, search and rescue, and law enforcement incidents, including the response to tsunamis, high visibility Homeland Security missions, and oversight of facility safety/security and container inspections. Most recently, Capt. Cocanour was the Executive Officer of the Special Missions Training Center (SMTC) located on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
An athlete and a Wisconsin native 
A Wisconsin native, she spent much of her early years sailing on Green Bay and Lake Winnebago. She is a three-time Coast Guard Athlete of the Year, and represented the Coast Guard, Navy and U.S. Military at several international competitions and the Ironman Triathlon World Championship. She is married to Colonel Spencer Cocanour, a U.S. Air Force Combat Controller, stationed at Hurlburt Field, Florida. Her personal awards include two Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medals, three Coast Guard Commendation Medals, two Coast Guard Achievement Medals, and two Coast Guard Letters of Commendation.

Featured Groups...

Confirmations by military groups may be delayed or changed by the possibility of their units being assigned to developing situations.

2D Marine Aircraft Wing Band

THE 2D MARINE AWB, based in Cherry Point, North Carolina, travels more than 50,000 miles annually carrying on a long-standing tradition of excellence and service to both Corps and Country. With an authorized strength of one officer and 50 enlisted Marines, the ensemble promises an exciting, versatile performance that the entire family will enjoy. The band has an extensive repertoire — familiar marches, patriotic favorites, jazz, and popular contemporary music.

The 484th Army Band of Milwaukee

The 484th Army Band will perform in the 2017 Appleton Flag Day Parade. Army Bands provide music throughout the spectrum of military operations to instill in our soldiers the will to fight and win, foster the support of our citizens, and promote our national interests at home and abroad.

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Before The Parade Begins...

Pre-Parade Concert

THE 484TH Army Band will perform a Pre-Parade Patriotic Concert in Downtown Appleton. Concert starts at Noon on Saturday. The site is Houdini Plaza at 121 W. College Ave. 

Free U.S. flags

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.
Sponsors for free flags WHBY logo Pierce Mfg. logo  

Afterwards attend the Post Parade Party

The annual Post Flag Day Parade Party starts at 5 p.m. It is held at American Legion Post No. 38, 3220 W. College Avenue, Appleton. Food and refreshments will be offered. Free and open to the public.

PERFORMING WILL BE THE 2D MARINE AIRCRAFT WING BAND OF CHERRY POINT, N.C. With an authorized strength of one officer and 50 enlisted Marines, the ensemble promises a performance that's exciting and — one the entire family will enjoy. They will play a selection from the band's extensive repertoire: familiar marches, patriotic favorites, jazz, and popular contemporary music.

PERFORMING WILL BE MARTY'S GOLDENAIRES OF BESSEMER, MI. Marty's Goldenaires is a Parade and Concert Corps which performs from May to Labor Day weekend. Musical selections through the years have pleased all audience types with a mixture of swing, rock, patriotic, and nostalgic drum corps styles. Established in 1950 as a Senior Corps, membership includes men between the ages of 16 and 79 years. This unique age mix gives Marty's Goldenaires a blend of nostalgia, a solid nucleus, and a young enthusiasm and excitement which is evident as audiences involve themselves in Marty's Goldenaires performances.


TV Coverage...

WFRV‑TV Local 5 will videotape the Parade for rebroadcast.

Appleton Downtown, Inc.

• Saturday —
June 10th 10:35 p.m. to 12:05 a.m.

• Sunday —
June 18th, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.













Photo credits...
Photos of the Appleton Flag Day Parade are courtesy of Bill Siebers and Jeff Lindsay


       ©2017 Flag Day Parade Committee