From a 10-year-old who stood on a chair to deliver the Gettysburg Address to a 94-year-old World War II flight nurse, residents across the Fox Valley marked Memorial Day in a variety of ways.
Connor Crawford of Streamwood needed a boost to reach the microphone at the Elgin service at Bluff City Cemetery, an Elgin tradition since 1868. The program played tribute to the Illinois National Guard as part of the 75th anniversary of the Elgin Armory.
In Geneva, Mayor Kevin Burns made sure to make 94-year-old veteran Susanna Haroldson, 94, feel welcome during the city's Memorial Day parade on Third Street. Haroldson served as a flight nurse.
In West Dundee, a Memorial Day address was given by the Rev. Jim Murr of Bethlehem Lutheran Church. The service honored the 1,020 veterans who are buried at River Valley Memorial Gardens on Route 31, north of I-90.