Memorial Day at Forest Home Cemetery

Join St. Paul’s and Forest Home Cemetery on Memorial Day for this free, family-friendly event on the grounds of Milwaukee’s oldest, largest operating cemetery.

The event starts with a memorial service in the landmark Ferry & Clas chapel, followed by a wreath-laying ceremony in the Garden of Honor, the veteran section. Then enjoy some stories from the cemetery with numerous costumed historical re-enactors, and wrap up with a free Milwaukee history tour.

Food will be available for purchase and feel free to picnic in the beautiful arboretum!


  • 11–11:30 a.m.: Memorial service in the Chapel led by St. Paul’s Rev. Seth Raymond. Wreath-laying at the Garden of Honor, bugling by Bill Seaman.
  • 11:30 a.m. –2:30 p.m.: Visit with notable Milwaukeeans (see below) at their graves.
  • 11:30 a.m. –1:30 p.m.: Usinger’s hot dogs, bratwurst served in Pretzilla sausage buns, chips and soda available for a $7 donation to the Forest Home Historic Preservation Association.
  • 2:30p.m.–4 p.m.: Free Milwaukee history tour by St. Paul’s member, author, and Forest Home historian Paul Haubrich.


This is a free event but registration is requested for our planning purposes.

Register here: Memorial Day at Forest Home Tickets, Mon, May 27, 2024 at 11:00 AM | Eventbrite

What to expect: This outdoor event requires a lot of walking and standing; there is no seating, but guests are welcome to bring their own chairs and/or sit anywhere on the ground to rest or picnic. Please wear comfortable footwear and watch for very hot and/or humid weather.

Arrival: Please enter the cemetery at the Lincoln Avenue or Forest Home Avenue cemetery entrance. You do not need a ticket to enter.

Parking: There is ample free parking throughout the cemetery, but the roads closest to the re-enactment areas will be blocked off to ensure the safety of our guests; please do not drive around barricades.

Restrooms: Port-a-potties will be available.

Dogs: Allowed on leash with their humans.

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