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Commencements and remembrances are featured on Memorial Day weekend
war dead memorial
City Park features this memorial to World War I, World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War dead.

In addition to being the unofficial first weekend of summer, Memorial Day weekend in Southwest Wisconsin includes two features — high school graduations and Memorial Day observances.

Belmont High School will hold its commencement in the high school gymnasium Friday at 7 p.m.

On Sunday, two graduation ceremonies will be held at 1 p.m. — Iowa–Grant and Potosi, both in their high school gymnasium.

Platteville High School’s commencement will be in the PHS gym Sunday, June 8 at 1 p.m. The commencement ceremony will be the last for PHS principal Jeff Jacobson, who is leaving at the end of the school year to become the Dodgeville School District administrator.

The Sons of the American Legion Squadron 214 will hold a motorcycle procession Saturday, leaving Darlington at 11:30 a.m., with stops scheduled in Platteville, Shullsburg, Monroe and Ridgeway. For more information, call 776-3032.

The final day of the weekend, Memorial Day, includes several area ceremonies.

Members of American Legion Post 473 and VFW Post 5276 will tour Potosi-area cemeteries Monday morning, beginning at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Tennyson at 9 a.m. The veterans will travel to British Hollow Cemetery at 10:15 a.m., St. Thomas Cemetery in Potosi at 10:30 a.m., and Van Buren Cemetery at 10:45 a.m., ending at Hickory Hill Park at 11 a.m. Veterans are asked to meet at St. Andrew at 8:30 a.m.

Because of bridge replacement on River Lane Road, the tour will not go to Grant River Campground this year.

Members of VFW Post 9298 of Montfort will hold ceremonies at Castle Rock Cemetery at 9 a.m., Rock Church Cemetery at 10 a.m., and Montfort Cemetery at 11 a.m.

American Legion Post 42 and VFW Post 5274 of Platteville will hold their annual Memorial Day program starting in the Municipal Building auditorium and ending in City Park.

The Platteville High School band will perform a concert at 9:40 a.m. The indoor ceremony will begin at 10 a.m., including the American Creed, the Gettysburg Address, “Flanders Field,” “American’s Answer,” a speech by Platteville High School student Saafia Masoom, and a memorial address by Kent Cairy.

The indoor program will be followed by an outdoor ceremony with a firing squad and “Taps.”