5/27/12 – The Beaver Dam Memorial Day Ceremony will be broadcast live on WBEV Monday morning live from Oakwood Cemetery. The speaker is Staff Sergeant Christopher Ackley, who is returning home to Beaver Dam after a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. Ackley joined the US Army Reserves in 2002 and is a combat medic with the 432nd Civil Affairs Battalion in Green Bay. He is a firefighter and EMT with the Beaver Dam Fire Department and also works part-time at the Beaver Dam Community Hospital. Prior to the ceremony there is a parade from downtown Beaver Dam to the cemetery and organizers are asking service organizations, bands, schools, churches, and others to enter a float or marching group. Parade entrants are asked to assemble in the West Tower Parking lot around 8am. The parade will start at Front and Center Street and continue on to the Veterans Memorial at Oakwood Cemetery on Highway 33. The theme this year is “The Year of the Veteran 2012” and is meant to especially honor servicemen and women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.