Monday, 11 November, 2019

Memorial Day weekend filled with activities in Fox Valley

War veterans laying flowers on soldiers graves War veterans laying flowers on soldiers graves
Patty Aguilar | 25 May, 2018, 04:05

And for the first time the parade route will feature a row of 200 American flags. It is recommended you bring something that will help you carry the flags with you as place flags to honor the fallen.

Following the parade, a half hour memorial service will be held at the Kentwood chapter of Disabled American Memorial Park at 355 48 St. SE.

Joining the legion on the march were Boy Scouts, who debuted a fife and drum corps, the Fire Department, and members of the Coast Guard, which still operated lifesaving stations here in 1931.

Monroe Township Memorial Day Celebration: 10 a.m. The parade will conclude with a ceremony at Williams Park.

Members will conduct military honors Monday, May 28 at 1 p.m.at the LaJose Cemetery, Newburg. The collection has many index materials regarding burials in East Hampton cemeteries, and the staff would be happy to assist in every effort to honor the sacrifices of family and friends.

Hopatcong Borough's Memorial Day Parade will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 26, beginning at the corner of Hopatchung and River Styx and proceeding down Durban Avenue to Veterans Field. The Curwensville Area High School Band will perform a concert will perform from 11-11:45 a.m.in the firehall's truck bay.

St. Croix: The procession will start at the Bassin Triangle in Christiansted, then proceed to the Christiansted Cemetery for a graveside ceremony in honor of Will Thurland, a World War II veteran. A cookout for all marchers from the Algonquin parade and the community to give thanks to all who have served will be hosted by Lake in the Hills American Legion Post 1231. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held in the City Hall auditorium.

A short lunch will follow at the American Legion post at noon.

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War Memorial unveiling: 5 p.m., 15th Avenue and 9th Street, East Moline.

The service at the Jersey Shore Cemetery will begin at 9 a.m. The event also include local music and marching bands, militia and law enforcement groups, classic cars, a wreath-laying ceremony and a flyover by the 143 Airlift Wing. Evergreen Cemetery (Little Arlington Section), 2600 E. Mt. Hope, Lansing.

Line-up begins at 10:30 a.m., at the Cranberry Lake Firehouse on Route 206 and will proceed to the Cranberry Lake Clubhouse for a brief ceremony.

Originally known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Light refreshments will be served and the event is free to the public. After the service, the American Legion Auxiliary will be serving coffee and donuts at the Legion home.

A parade begins at 10 a.m., stepping off from the intersection of Elm and Florence streets, and heading down Main Street, to Punchard Avenue, to Bartlet Street and ending at The Park. A century later, President Lyndon Johnson and Congress declared Waterloo as the "birthplace" of Memorial Day. Organizers believe this is the oldest consecutively running Memorial Day parade in the nation and it was started in 1868.

Many cemeteries hosted observances for Memorial Day, while some communities held parades.

This year there will not be a procession from Wedgewood Park to the Grandville Cemetery. This year's event is centered around community involvement. Afterward, the parade will return to the American Legion post. A color guard and firing squad will begin the day by visiting the graves at four area cemeteries, with Commander Larry Brain giving a service at each.

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