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Memorial Day memories young and old in Fox Valley

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  • Ten-year-old Connor Crawford of Streamwood stands on a chair to read the Gettysburg Address at Elgin's Memorial Day event at Bluff City Cemetery Monday.

       Ten-year-old Connor Crawford of Streamwood stands on a chair to read the Gettysburg Address at Elgin's Memorial Day event at Bluff City Cemetery Monday.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • David Pierson, of Geneva and a Korean War veteran, heads down Third Street during the Geneva Memorial Day parade.

       David Pierson, of Geneva and a Korean War veteran, heads down Third Street during the Geneva Memorial Day parade.
    Brooke Herbert Hayes | Staff Photographer

  • Adam Tracy of West Dundee gives a salute during the Memorial Day service at River Valley Memorial Gardens in West Dundee. Also pictured, left to right, are Patrick Green and Jessica Gospodarek, both of Carpentersville, and Amy Lessing of Elgin.

       Adam Tracy of West Dundee gives a salute during the Memorial Day service at River Valley Memorial Gardens in West Dundee. Also pictured, left to right, are Patrick Green and Jessica Gospodarek, both of Carpentersville, and Amy Lessing of Elgin.
    Brooke Herbert Hayes | Staff Photographer

  • Ian Dela Merced, a senior at South Elgin High School, plays Taps to close the South Elgin Memorial Day event at Panton Mill Park.

       Ian Dela Merced, a senior at South Elgin High School, plays Taps to close the South Elgin Memorial Day event at Panton Mill Park.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Howard Bedell, 94, watches the Elgin Memorial Day event at Bluff City Cemetery. The Elgin man served three years in the Pacific during World War II.

       Howard Bedell, 94, watches the Elgin Memorial Day event at Bluff City Cemetery. The Elgin man served three years in the Pacific during World War II.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns greets Susanna Haroldson, 94, of Geneva at the Geneva Memorial Day parade on Third Street. A World War II veteran, Haroldson served as a flight nurse. She sits with her son Craig Haroldson and daughter-in-law Maggie Haroldson, both of Geneva.

       Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns greets Susanna Haroldson, 94, of Geneva at the Geneva Memorial Day parade on Third Street. A World War II veteran, Haroldson served as a flight nurse. She sits with her son Craig Haroldson and daughter-in-law Maggie Haroldson, both of Geneva.
    Brooke Herbert Hayes | Staff Photographer

 
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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.

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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.

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