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Honoring those who sacrificed all

A large crowd turned out for the Memorial Day celebration early Monday morning at South Cemetery in St. Charles.

A large crowd turned out for the Memorial Day celebration early Monday morning at South Cemetery in St. Charles.

 

Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

Bugler Gary Stoodley of Grayslake plays during Monday’s Memorial Day ceremony in Round Lake.

Bugler Gary Stoodley of Grayslake plays during Monday's Memorial Day ceremony in Round Lake.

 

Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

A color guard presents the colors Monday during the Memorial Day celebration at South Cemetery in St. Charles.

A color guard presents the colors Monday during the Memorial Day celebration at South Cemetery in St. Charles.

 

Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

A crowd gathers for Monday’s Memorial Day ceremony in Round Lake. The silent parade had a theme of “Lest We Forget” and stepped off from Round Lake Park, stopping for a ceremony in Round Lake then finishing in Round Lake Beach.

A crowd gathers for Monday's Memorial Day ceremony in Round Lake. The silent parade had a theme of "Lest We Forget" and stepped off from Round Lake Park, stopping for a ceremony in Round Lake then finishing in Round Lake Beach.

 

Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

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By Daily Herald staff report

Memorial Day brought parades and ceremonies, applause, salutes and the simple message of "thank you" to veterans in communities across the suburbs as people remembered members of the military, especially those who died in service.

Reverent and respectful, the day was a blend of upbeat Americana and solemn ceremony as towns rallied around veterans in gestures of honor.

Speeches and remembrances included local, regional and national politicians, with U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, a veteran Navy Reserve officer, participating in the Arlington Heights observance.

With 21-gun salutes and renditions of taps, wiping of tears and waving of flags, Memorial Day observances made one thing certain: the fallen are not forgotten.

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