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DELAVAN TO HOST “CELEBRATION OF FREEDOM” JUNE 13-17

June 1, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

Dawn Meinschock
CSI Media
Phone: 262-728-3424, ext. 133
dawnm@communityshoppers.com

DELAVAN TO HOST “CELEBRATION OF FREEDOM” JUNE 13-17

American Veterans’ Traveling Tribute Focuses on Heroes

Delavan, Wis. – (May 31, 2012) – The Town of Delavan and the City of Delavan are jointly planning a “Celebration of Freedom” from June 13-17 at Community Park on Delavan Lake. The centerpiece of this event is the American Veterans’ Traveling Tribute called 'the Cost of Freedom', which is an indoor tribute to those who lost their lives in defense of our country. It includes a scaled down replica of the Vietnam Veteran's Wall; tributes to all of the other wars; and tributes to the policemen and firefighters that lost their lives during 9/11.

Honor Buntings celebrating loved ones will be hung on the fence surrounding Community Park from June 12-18. When they are taken down, the buntings will be given to the person who purchased them. For more information, contact Patti at (262) 745-9473 to purchase an Honor Bunting.

In addition to the displays at Community Park, other activities are being planned for each day at many locations around Delavan with the intent to make this an event not only to honor our military past and present and their families, but to invite everyone from southeast Wisconsin and northern Illinois to see all Delavan has to offer. Highlights of the event will include an Honor Escort Parade, Grand Opening Ceremony, Military Re-enactments, demonstrations & ceremonies, WLKG live radio remote, Fresh Market, Flea Market, Craft Fair, Sidewalk Sales, Kids’ Bicycle Decorating workshop and parade, live music and entertainment, dancing, food vendors, beer garden, silent auction and so much more.

Make plans to visit Historical Downtown
Delavan, Phoenix Park and the Bandshell on Friday and Saturday, June 15 and 16, for sidewalk sales, craft show/flea market, musical entertainment, as well as some living history demonstrations from historical periods, including the Revolutionary War as performed by the Northwest Territory Alliance, a re-enactment organization that studies and recreates the culture, lifestyle, and arts of the time of the American Revolution, 1775-1783 and strives to duplicate the uniforms, weapons, battlefield tactics and camp life of the era as accurately as possible.

Following is the schedule of events at press time:

Wednesday, June 13
4 pm Honor Escort Parade from the Delavan-Darien High School, through Downtown Delavan, and out Hwy 50/Geneva St. to Community Park on Delavan Lake

Thursday, June 14
Events at Community Park (unless otherwise stated)
12 pm Exhibit Opens
3 pm-7pm Fresh Market (in Historic Downtown Delavan)
6 pm Grand Opening Ceremony
8 pm Retiring of Colors
9 pm Exhibit Closes

Friday, June 15 – Police/Firefighters Salute
Events at Community Park
9 am Exhibit Opens
9 am Color Guard/Wreath Laying
4-6 pm WLKG live radio remote
8 pm Retiring of Colors
9 pm Exhibit Closes
Events in Downtown Delavan
10 am-5pm Flea Market/Craft Fair/Sidewalk Sales
1 pm Kids' Bicycle Decorating workshop, Aram Public Library
3 pm Kids' Bicycle Parade from Aram Public Library to Phoenix Park Bandshell
3:30-6 pm Blackwater Band, 3rd Street stage
7 pm "Ladies Must Swing" Band, Phoenix Park Bandshell

Saturday, June 16 – Flag Day Salute
Events at Community Park
9 am Color Guard/Wreath Laying
9 am Exhibit Opens
10 am Elks Flag Day Ceremony
10 am-7 pm Food vendors/beer garden
4 pm "Echo", the singing bird, as seen on 'America's Got Talent' (from Dancing Horses Theatre)
5:30 pm Retiring of Colors
9 pm Exhibit Closes
Events in Downtown Delavan
10 am-5 pm Flea Market/Craft Fair/Sidewalk Sales
10 am-5 pm Military re-enactors, Phoenix Park
10 am Frank Landi program on "Historic Downtown Delavan", Aram Public Library
11 am “Colonel Webb’s Band of Musick”, Phoenix Park Bandshell
3 pm "Dixie Doodlers" Band, Phoenix Park Bandshell

Saturday, June 16 – Stars & Stripes Dance at Lake Lawn Resort
With a nod to the Canteens of the 40s, we invite you to attend:
6 pm Cocktails (cash bar) & Hors d'oeuvres
7 pm Dance the night away to the Jack Farina Big Band, with a special salute to our military
A Silent Auction will also be offered
Tickets are $25 in advance/$30 at the door
Available at: Delavan Chamber of Commerce, Bradley's, Village Supper Club, Community Bank Delavan, Walworth County Visitors’ Bureau, Piggly Wiggly Delavan, M&I Bank Delavan, and Walworth State Bank Delavan.

Sunday, June 17 – Armed Forces Salute
9 am Reveille/Wreath Laying
9 am Exhibit Opens
10 am Vietnam Remembrance Presentation
10 am-3 pm Military Equipment display
10 am-3 pm Food vendors/beer garden
12 pm Wall Touching Ceremony
1 pm 484th Army Band
2:30pm Closing Ceremony (Retiring of Colors, Legion Rifle Squad, Echo Taps)
3 pm Exhibit Closes

American Veterans’ Traveling Tribute (AVTT) travels the USA with the ‘Cost of Freedom’ Tribute to provide a forum for the members of a community to come together to Honor-Respect-Remember all those whom we have asked to stand in harm's way to protect and defend our great country and freedom as our way of life. They are the true American Heroes and we have an obligation to pay tribute to them by celebrating the freedoms they fought for and stand to insure. For additional information on AVTT tributes, visit: http://www.avtt.org/.

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