Arlington Heights prepares virtual ceremony to honor fallen soldiers
Memorial Day is more than two weeks away, but organizers of the annual ceremony in Arlington Heights spent Thursday morning taping segments for a virtual presentation that will air in place of the in-person event this year.
Mayor Tom Hayes and Greg Padovani, chairman of the Veterans Memorial Committee of Arlington Heights and a village trustee, were among those to speak at a podium set up in the village boardroom for segments that will become part of the Memorial Day video. The video will be available online and on the village's cable television channel beginning May 25.
Organizers last month announced the cancellation of the annual parade due to the coronavirus pandemic, but determined that the ceremony would still be taped for broadcast.
It will include the reading of names of the 58 young men from Arlington Heights who died in service to the nation -- from the Civil War to the war in Afghanistan -- and for whom individual wreaths were placed Thursday in the boardroom.