Greendale kicked off its 75th anniversary in style Wednesday.
The village not only commemorated its own birthday but also its National Historic Landmark designation, which it received last fall.
A number of village, county and state representatives spoke at the event.
State Senator Mary Lazich and State Rep. Jeff Stone presented a plaque with a proclamation to the village in honor of its anniversary. Milwaukee County Board Supervisor Anthony Staskunas also presented the village with a proclamation plaque.
Other speakers included Greendale Historical Society President Ted Mainella and representatives from the Wisconsin Historical Society and the National Park Service.
Wednesday was just a taste of the celebration. A bulk of the festivities will take place during Village Days Aug. 7-11. They include hot air balloon rides; a performance by members of the University of Wisconsin band; a laser light show on Broad Street; an alumni reunion village; 75th Anniversary Village Days parade; and fireworks.
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