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SUSSEX — The Horne-Mudlitz VFW Post 6377 has cancelled the annual Memorial Day parade for the second consecutive year due to construction concerns. 

Commander Chuck Eberhardt said the road on Main Street, which is under construction, was too dangerous for the parade to happen.

"They (the village) said they would tear up the road, but have flat gravel road for the holes, but it didn't look like that was going to happen; it was kind of scaring us," Eberhardt said. "The west side (construction) was really bad. We didn’t want to take the fire trucks and band down a crappy road; that was our main concern."

In place of the parade, a memorial service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Monday, May 29, at the post, W232 N6342 Waukesha Ave., to honor the men and women in the Armed Forces.

A gun salute will conclude the program and lunch will be provided by the post for ceremony participants after the service. 

Last year's parade was also cancelled, but the memorial service that was held in its place generated 300 attendees; Eberhardt said it was a great time and expects this year to go just as well.

There was no discussion of a detour for the parade route this year because Eberhardt said it would have to be cleared by the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department.

To help with the construction this year, the parade was supposed to go east for the first time, but according to Eberhardt, it is still too dangerous. 

“They keep tearing the road up every year," Eberhardt said. "We didn’t have a parade last year, either. The middle was tore up and closed, and there was a bridge they took out. What can you do? I don’t know what they’re doing with the ground. They don’t tell you that. How would people have watched the parade this year? They're in danger of falling into holes."

For more information on this year's Memorial Day festivities in Sussex, contact Eberhardt at 262-434-9210.

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