Band director LaVern Lorbiecki leads the Kaukauna High School marching band during the 1984. Memorial Day Parade. Photo by Dan Plutchak.
Band director LaVern Lorbiecki leads the Kaukauna High School marching band during the 1984. Memorial Day Parade. Photo by Dan Plutchak.

KAUKAUNA — It was a damp Memorial Day in Kaukauna in 1984, but the parade proceeded as usual up the Lawe Street Bridge for a Memorial Day ceremony at the VFW hall.

These photos are from the photo archive of Kaukauna Community News co-founder Dan Plutchak:

Poppy Princesses wave to the crowd during the 1984 Memorial Day Parade in Kaukauna. Photo by Dan Plutchak.
Poppy Princesses during the 1984 Memorial Day Parade in Kaukauna. Photo by Dan Plutchak.

Parade goers cover their ears during a 21-gun salute from the Lawe Street Bridge during the Memorial Day Parade in 1984. Photo by Dan Plutchak.
Parade goers cover their ears during a 21-gun salute from the Lawe Street Bridge during the Memorial Day Parade in 1984. Photo by Dan Plutchak.
Kids scramble for empty blank shell casings during Memorial Day ceremonies in Kaukauna in 1984. Dan Plutchak photo.
Kids scramble for empty blank shell casings during Memorial Day ceremonies in Kaukauna in 1984. Dan Plutchak photo.
Poppy Princesses place flags to the fallen during a 1984 Memorial Day ceremony in Kaukauna. Photo by Dan Plutchak.
Poppy Princesses place flags to the fallen during a 1984 Memorial Day ceremony in Kaukauna. Photo by Dan Plutchak.

By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak, born and raised in Kaukauna, is cofounder of Kaukauna Community News.