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Memorial Weekend in the suburbs

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  • Memorial Day ceremonies throughout the suburbs this weekend will pay tribute to the nation's war dead.

    Memorial Day ceremonies throughout the suburbs this weekend will pay tribute to the nation's war dead.
    Daily Herald file photo

  • Units, like this one from the Illinois National Guard, will be in parades around the suburbs this weekend

    Units, like this one from the Illinois National Guard, will be in parades around the suburbs this weekend
    Daily Herald file photo

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Festivals, run/walks

• Barrington Art Festival: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 28-29, at Cook and Station streets, Barrington; 140 juried artists from around the world in a variety of mediums. Live music, fare from local restaurants and art-related activities for kids. Free admission. or (847) 926-4300.

• Schaumburg Prairie Arts Festival: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 28-29, Robert O. Atcher Municipal Center, Schaumburg Road and Summit Drive. More than 150 painters, sculptors, photographers, jewelers and potters will display and sell their work outdoors. Entertainment on three stages, a food court and children's activities. Free admission. (847) 895-3600.

• Wounded Warrior Rockfest: Shows at 2 and 6 p.m. Monday, May 30, at Durty Nellie's, Palatine. Proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. The first show from 2-5:30 p.m. is for all ages. Cost is $8 in advance, $10 at the door. The 6-10 p.m. show is $12.50 in advance, $15 at the door. For tickets and information, visit

• 'Got Freedom?' Run/Walk: 8 a.m.-noon Sunday, May 29, at Miner School, 1101 E. Miner St., Arlington Heights. Sponsored by Salute Inc., the annual 5K or 10K run and 5K walk benefits military families. (847) 463-8400.

• Dash to Cure Diabetes: 8 a.m. Sunday, May 29, at Citizen's Park, 511 Lake Zurich Road at Route 14, Barrington. Annual 5K walk, trail run and junior races is a fundraiser for diabetes research and cure.

• St. Alexander Catholic School's Memorial Day 5K Run and Kids 1K Fun Run: 9 a.m. Monday, May 30 on the Illinois Prairie Path, just east of Ardmore Avenue, Villa Park. Entertainment by Kimi Hayes. Registration and info:

• "Memorial Day Remembered": Learn about the history of Memorial Day, 1:30 p.m. Monday, May 30, at Kline Creek Farm, 1N600 County Farm Road, West Chicago. Co-hosted by the Center for History in Wheaton, event has a ceremony, songs and speeches. Free. (630) 876-5900 or

Friday, May 27

• Grayslake: College of Lake County ceremony starts at noon outside at the Grayslake flagship campus' Willow Lake Veterans Memorial. Sponsored by the CLC Veterans Memorial Task Force Committee. Great Lakes Naval Station personnel will have a chaplain, color guard, bugler and a 21-rifle salute; there also will be a keynote speaker, patriotic readings and the national anthem sung by Sheila Baker Bondurant. CLC's campus is at 19351 W. Washington St.

• Naperville: Judd Kendall VFW Post 3873 and American Legion Post 43 decorate graves at 9 a.m. Friday, May 27, at Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery and at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 28, at Naperville Cemetery. (630) 355-7664 or

Saturday, May 28

• Addison: Members of VFW Post 7446 and its Ladies and Men's Auxiliaries ceremony that includes placing flags and flowers on the graves of veterans and auxiliary members beginning at 10 a.m. at St. Paul Cemetery, Mill Road between Lake Street and Army Trail Road. (630) 628-9804.

• Rolling Meadows: Memorial Day parade and ceremony, Kirchoff Road and Meadow Drive, Rolling Meadows. Parade starts at 11 a.m., goes down Kirchoff Road to the Carillon bell tower, where a ceremony will be held at 11:30 a.m. Following this, a family fun walk along the green spaces in the downtown area. or (847) 394-8500.

• Streamwood: Streamwood Memorial Day vigil, 301 E. Irving Park Road. Candlelight vigil begins at 8 p.m. at the Streamwood Veterans Memorial. Throughout the night, Vigil Guards will march past each of the monoliths representing each branch of the service, plus POW/MIAs, women in service and war dogs. The Vigil Guard will be relieved at 11 a.m. Sunday, when the official Memorial Day observance begins.

Sunday, May 29

• Dundee Township: VFW Memorial Day parade, 2-3 p.m. at Route 72, Grafelman Park. Parade begins at Van Buren Street in East Dundee and goes westward to Grafelman Park in West Dundee. A program will follow in the gazebo at Grafelman Park.

• DuPage County's Memorial Day observance is at 2 p.m. at the county government complex, 421 N. County Farm Road in Wheaton. The ceremony in front of the DuPage Veterans Memorial near the pond on the campus will include a wreath laying and a speech by Bob "Doc" Adams from the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans.

• Streamwood: Streamwood Memorial Day ceremony, 301 E. Irving Park Road. 11 a.m. Sunday, May 29, at the Streamwood Veterans Memorial. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the dedication of the Veterans Memorial and the 10th anniversary of the War Dog Memorial dedication.

Monday, May 30

• Addison: Memorial Day ceremony begins at 11 a.m. on the east portico at Addison Village Hall, 1 Friendship Plaza. The ceremony will include speakers and patriotic music by the Indian Trail Middle School band, and those in attendance will be invited to lay flowers in honor all veterans. (630) 628-9804.

• Antioch: Memorial service at 10:30 a.m. at Antioch VFW Post 4557, 75 North Ave. The service, featuring a color guard and speeches, will be followed by a light lunch. (847) 395-5393.

• Arlington Heights: Memorial Day parade steps off at 9:30 a.m. from the village hall, Arlington Heights Road and Sigwalt Street, west to Dunton Avenue, north to Euclid Avenue and west to Chestnut Avenue. A 11 a.m. ceremony at Memorial Park, Chestnut Avenue and Fremont Street, follows the parade. At 11:30 a.m. church bells will ring to commemorate the Arlington Heights natives who have died in war. (847) 253-5960.

• Aurora: Memorial Day parade steps off at noon from South River and Benton streets, proceeds to Broadway, Downer Place, then to dispersal at Middle and Benton, Aurora. (630) 256-3370;

• Barrington: Memorial Day parade begins at 10 a.m. at Cook and Main streets and ends at Evergreen Cemetery with a short service to commemorate the U.S. men and women who died while in military service to their country. (847) 304-1315.

• Bartlett: Annual commemoration begins at 10 a.m. with an American Legion flag retirement ceremony in Bartlett Park, North and Oak avenues. At 10:30 a.m., groups line up for the walk to Bartlett Cemetery, which steps off at 11 a.m. Everyone is invited to join the walk. At the cemetery, the remembrance continues with a brief observance.

• Batavia: Memorial Day ceremony, Batavia Overseas Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1197, 645 S. River St., Batavia. The VFW, its Auxiliaries and American Legion Post 504 will conduct the ceremony at 10 a.m. Speaker is Col. Paul Hasting, Commander of the 33rd Brigade IL N/G. John Heath and the Batavia High School band will provide music. The Batavia Viking Club will hold their Herring Breakfast starting at 7 a.m. Monday. Visit

• Bloomingdale: Memorial Day Remembrance is at 9:30 a.m. at St. Paul Cemetery on Lake Street. The program includes placing of flags and a gun salute by VFW Post 7539 and patriotic music performed by the Legends. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. (630) 529-3120, ext. 2801.

• Buffalo Grove: Memorial Day observance, 11 a.m. at Knopf Cemetery, northeast corner of Arlington Heights and Checker roads. Participants include the AMVETS Post 255, American Legion Post 1247 and the Boy Scouts. Ceremony is dedicated to Tom Fitzgerald, the late commander of AMVETS Post 255.

• Crystal Lake: Memorial Day parade and ceremony, Crystal Lake Central High School, 45 W. Franklin Ave., Crystal Lake. Parade steps off at 11 a.m. proceeding east on Franklin Avenue, north on William Street, west on Woodstock Street to Union Cemetery where memorial service will be held. Visit

• Des Plaines: Memorial Day begins with two wreath-laying ceremonies, 8 a.m. at All Saints Cemetery, 700 N. River Road, and 8:30 a.m. at Ridgewood Cemetery, 9900 Milwaukee Ave. The city observance begins at 11 a.m. at Lake Park, Lee Street at Howard Street, with a wreath presentation and a memorial service in the Lake Park Memorial Pavilion, featuring VFW Post 2992, American Legion Post 36 and Des Plaines Elks Lodge 1526. Free. (847) 398-1315 or (847) 391-5700.

• Dundee Township: 11:30 a.m. Monday, May 30. Join in this half-hour service honoring over 900 veterans buried at River Valley Memorial Gardens.

• Elburn: Memorial Day parade is hosted by American Legion Post 630 and starts at 9 a.m. at Lions Park and ends at Blackberry Township Cemetery. There is a brief service at the cemetery; visitors can return to gather at Lions Park.

• Elgin: Memorial Day events are as follows: 8:45 a.m.: Memorial Day observance at Mount Hope Cemetery, 1001 Villa St., Elgin. Includes American Legion and VFW color guards and Firing squads, rifle salute and Taps. 9:15 a.m.: Memorial Day observance at Lakewood Memorial Park, Garden of Honor, 30W730 Route 20. Elgin, across from Villa Olivia. American Legion VFW color guards and firing squads, rifle salute and Taps. 9:45 a.m.: Service honoring those lost at sea featuring the Elgin Choral Union and rifle salute and Taps conducted by Elgin Marine Corps League, Elgin Navy Club and Northern Kane County VietNow, at Veterans Memorial Park, 270 N. Grove Ave., Elgin. 11 a.m.: Memorial Day observance at Bluff City Cemetery, 945 Bluff City Blvd., Elgin. The Elgin Patriotic Memorial Association presents the Gettysburg Address and the Reading of General Logan's Orders by local students. Program will pay tribute to the 20th anniversary of the start of the Persian Gulf Wars and the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War. Keynote speaker will be Jacob Zimmerman, president of Military Branches United at Elgin Community College and Veteran Service Officer at the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs. Also featured will be the Central High School band and the Elgin Choral Union. Activities will conclude with roll call of deceased veterans, a rifle salute, and the playing of Taps. Free shuttle pickup at the main gate and east gate.

• Elk Grove Village: Memorial Day observances at 10:45 a.m. at the Elk Grove Pavilion, 1000 Wellington Ave. Sponsored by the VFW Ladies Auxiliary.

• Elmhurst: Memorial Day parade starts at 9:30 a.m. at York Road and Third Street and proceeds to Wilder Park, where a post-parade ceremony begins at 11 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial. (630) 530-3000 or

• Fox Lake: Ceremony, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Fox Lake train station, Nippersink Road and Grand Avenue. Sponsored by the Fox Lake American Legion.

• Fox River Grove: Memorial Day parade, Algonquin Road School, 975 Algonquin Road, Fox River Grove. Steps off at 8:30 a.m. at the school and continues down Algonquin Road to South River Road. Hosted by the American Legion Frank H. Nagel Jr. Post 119, the parade ends at Lions Park with a ceremony.

• Geneva: Memorial Day parade and ceremony, along Third Street, Geneva. Begins with Color Guard rifle salute at 6 a.m. at the East Side Cemetery, off Bennett Street. Parade steps off at 10 a.m. near the Geneva Metra Station and continues down Third Street to the West Side Cemetery, Second and Stevens streets.

• Gurnee: Gurnee American Legion ceremony starts at noon at Warren Township Veterans Memorial Park, outside of Gurnee police headquarters, O'Plaine Road and Washington Street. Featured speaker is Robert Maroney of River Forest, who served in the Merchant Marines during World War II. Gurnee Elementary District 56's Viking Middle School Band will perform.

• Hampshire: Memorial Day parade and ceremony, Hampshire Middle School, 560 S. State St. Parade steps off at 10:30 a.m. proceeding to Ralph Seyller East Park where services will be held. Hampshire High School Band will play. In case of rain, it will be held in Hampshire Middle School gym. (847) 683-0904.

• Hanover Park: Memorial Day ceremony, 10 a.m. at Hanover Park Memorial Park, Arlington Drive and Freedom Way, sponsored by the village's Veterans Committee. A prayer will be said and a singer will perform.

• Hoffman Estates/Schaumburg: Memorial Day observances being with a brief ceremony at 10 a.m. outside the Hoffman Estates Police Department, 411 W. Higgins Road, at the Hoffman Estates Veterans Memorial, Higgins Road at Spring Mill Drive. Observance moves to St. Peter Lutheran Cemetery, 202 E. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg, for a 10:45 a.m. ceremony, followed by a processional to St. Peter Lutheran Church at 11:25 a.m. Hot dogs and refreshments at the picnic grove follow. Free; donations appreciated.

• Huntley: Memorial Day parade steps off at 11 a.m. from the municipal complex, 10987 Main St., and proceeds to American Legion Post 673, Coral and Woodstock streets. Memorial Day service after the parade at the American Legion Post.

• Island Lake: Ceremony at 3 p.m. at Veterans Park, Route 176 at Lakeview Drive. For details, (847) 526-8764 or

• Itasca: Memorial Day parade steps off at 9:30 a.m. from Bryn Mawr and Catalpa and proceeds to 220 N. Maple St. VFW Post 5116 has a memorial service immediately following. Families may bring picnic baskets or buy food from vendors and listen to musical entertainment from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. (630) 773-2257 or

• Lake Villa: Memorial Day parade, hosted by VFW Post 4308 and Boy Scout Troop 323, begins at 1 p.m. at Palombi Middle School, 131 McKinley Ave., and ends at Lehmann Park. A memorial service follows. The Ladies Auxiliary Hot Dog Luncheon will be available at the post after the ceremonies.

• Lake Zurich: Lake Zurich American Legion Post No. 964 parade begins at 10 a.m. at the post on Lions Drive, just off Main Street downtown, next to the village hall. The parade heads down Main Street to Old Rand Road, south to the Veterans Monument at the police facility, 200 Mohawk Trail, where there will be a speaker and ceremony.

• Libertyville: A silent parade led by the American Legion and VFW starts at 9:15 a.m. at the downtown Metra station and proceeds south on Milwaukee Avenue to Cook Memorial Park. Ceremonies will include a speaker and the Libertyville High School Band. Participants will go to Lakeside Cemetery on Lake Street, west of Milwaukee Avenue, to place the wreath and read names of the deceased on the Veteran's Memorial monument. Coffee and doughnuts at the American Legion Hall, 715 N. Milwaukee Ave. If it rains, ceremonies will be at the Legion Hall.

• Lincolnshire: Memorial Day ceremony will start at 10 a.m. at Spring Lake Park, on Oxford Drive, south of Route 22. As part of the ceremony, Sea Cadets will perform a respectful flag disposal by burning.

• Lindenhurst: Ceremony begins at 10 a.m. at the Lindenhurst Veterans Memorial at the entrance to the village hall, 2301 E. Sand Lake Road. The ceremony will include Lindenhurst Cub Scout Pack 84, the Lakes High School Band, Millburn West Choir, Lindenhurst VFW Post 4894 and the Illinois Army National Guard Military Funeral and Honors Team. The keynote speaker is Dr. Mark Jumper, a retired Navy chaplain who served in operations Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom.

• Lisle Memorial Day Parade steps off at 11 a.m. from Lisle Junior High School, 5207 Center Ave., and proceeds to village hall, 925 Burlington Ave., where ceremonies begin at 11:30 a.m. A second ceremony starts at 11:45 a.m. in the Lisle Cemetery, followed at a community cookout at noon at Museums of Lisle Station Park, 921 School St. Free. Info: (630) 353-3000.

• The Lombard Memorial Day program starts at noon at the Veterans Memorial in Lombard Common, St. Charles Road and Grace Street, Lombard. This is the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor and special recognition is given to World War II veterans. Info: (630) 873-3440 or

• Mount Prospect: Memorial Day parade starts at 9:30 a.m. at Emerson Street and Busse Avenue. South on Emerson to Lincoln to the Veterans Memorial Band Shell at Lions Park, where a ceremony will be held. Anyone can march in the parade; veterans are especially encouraged to join. Bob Fey, (847) 299-3510.

• Mundelein: Parade starts at 10 a.m. at the village hall, 440 E. Hawley St.; goes west on Hawley Street to Memorial Park, where Mayor Kenneth Kessler will speak.

• Naperville: Memorial Day parade begins at 10:30 a.m. at Jackson Avenue and West Street and proceeds to Central Park, Benton Avenue and Court Street. A ceremony follows at the Community Concert Center in Central Park. (630) 355-7664 or

• Old Mill Creek: The Historic Millburn Community Association, Inc. hosts its annual Memorial Day service at 2 p.m. at the Millburn Cemetery on Millburn Road. Visitors are invited to bring a chair and flowers to place on veterans' graves after the service. Lemonade and cookies served. (847) 828-3737.

• Palatine: Memorial Day begins with a 9:45 a.m. wreath-laying ceremony at Hillside Cemetery, Cornell Avenue and Smith Street. At 10:15 a.m., parade begins from the cemetery featuring youth groups, community leaders, the Palatine High School Marching Band, floats and the American Legion Color Guard and Rifle Squad. Ends with a ceremony at the Veterans Memorial at Community Park, Northwest Highway and Wood Street. At 12:15 p.m., there will be a brief service in Towne Square, Palatine Road and Smith Street. (847) 359-1606 or

• Round Lake Area/Hainesville: Memorial Day parade will begin at 10 a.m. at 111 E. Main St., Round Lake Park, and continue east on Main to Cedar Lake Road, north to Clarendon Drive. The villages of Round Lake, Round Lake Beach, Round Lake Park, Round Lake Heights, Hainesville, the Round Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and the American Legion are sponsoring the event.

• St. Charles: Memorial Day parade steps off at 10 a.m. at Sixth and Main streets; goes to First Avenue. Ceremony after parade at Freedom Shrine behind the police station. (630) 587-6444.

• South Elgin: 10 a.m. Memorial Day service, Panton Mill Park, 10 N. Water St., South Elgin, hosted by South Elgin Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2327. In case of rain, ceremony will take place at the Municipal Annex, 1 W. State St.

• Sugar Grove: American Legion Post 1271 will hold an all-you-can-eat Memorial Day breakfast buffet 9 a.m.-noon, at the American Legion Banquet Hall, 65 First St., Sugar Grove. $9; $6 children 11 and younger. Free for veterans. (630) 466-9700.

• Villa Park: VFW Post 3801's Memorial Day program begins at 11 a.m. at the post, 39 E. St. Charles Road. The observance will include a speaker, music and a moment of silence in memory of fallen soldiers. Afterward, the post will host a light luncheon.

• Wauconda: Parade takes place at 10 a.m. and runs from Wauconda High School to Memorial Park on Route 176, scheduled to take about 90 minutes. Parade is followed by a half-hour memorial ceremony.

• Waukegan: Parade steps off at Grand Avenue and Genesee Street at 10 a.m. It will proceed south on Genesee, turn west on Washington Street and proceed to Veteran's Park at Washington and Martin Luther King Drive. A short ceremony will be at Veteran's Park. (847) 599-2500.

• West Chicago: A 10 a.m. Memorial Day ceremony at Oakwood Cemetery, Oakwood and York avenues, West Chicago. Mayor Mike Kwasman is the keynote speaker.

• Wheaton: Memorial Day parade steps off at 10 a.m. from Memorial Park, Hale Street and Kariskoga Avenue, Wheaton. Ceremony follows at Wheaton Cemetery. Free. (630) 682-0076.

• Wheeling: Memorial Day parade, starts at 10 a.m. at Sam's Club, Weiland and Route 83, and ends at AMVETS Post 66 near Lexington Drive and Route 83. McHenry Road (Route 83) will be totally closed from Aptakisic Road to Lexington Drive from 10-11 a.m.

• Wood Dale: Memorial Day parade starts at 11 a.m. at Wood Dale Junior High School, 655 N. Wood Dale Road, and proceeds to Irving Park Road, Wood Dale. Ceremony follows at the Veterans Memorial on Irving Park Road. Free. (630) 787-3712 or