Arlington Heights prepares virtual ceremony to honor fallen soldiers

  • Arlington Heights Mayor Tom Hayes spoke Thursday during a Memorial Day ceremony that was recorded in the village hall boardroom for future broadcast.

      Arlington Heights Mayor Tom Hayes spoke Thursday during a Memorial Day ceremony that was recorded in the village hall boardroom for future broadcast. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Arlington Heights Mayor Tom Hayes wore a mask while awaiting his turn to speak during a virtual Memorial Day ceremony that was taped Thursday morning at village hall.

      Arlington Heights Mayor Tom Hayes wore a mask while awaiting his turn to speak during a virtual Memorial Day ceremony that was taped Thursday morning at village hall. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Greg Padovani, chairman of the Veterans Memorial Committee of Arlington Heights; from left, Mayor Tom Hayes and Pastor Matt Zaubi of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church prepare to have their individual segments of the Memorial Day ceremony taped Thursday at village hall.

      Greg Padovani, chairman of the Veterans Memorial Committee of Arlington Heights; from left, Mayor Tom Hayes and Pastor Matt Zaubi of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church prepare to have their individual segments of the Memorial Day ceremony taped Thursday at village hall. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Wreaths honoring those who gave the ultimate sacrifice were placed in the boardroom at Arlington Heights village hall for a recorded Memorial Day ceremony.

      Wreaths honoring those who gave the ultimate sacrifice were placed in the boardroom at Arlington Heights village hall for a recorded Memorial Day ceremony. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Greg Padovani, chairman of the Veterans Memorial Committee of Arlington Heights, spoke Thursday as part of the virtual Memorial Day ceremony that was taped at village hall.

      Greg Padovani, chairman of the Veterans Memorial Committee of Arlington Heights, spoke Thursday as part of the virtual Memorial Day ceremony that was taped at village hall. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Kevin Corcoran of Lorelle Communications, Inc. works in the control room outside the Arlington Heights village boardroom, where segments for a virtual Memorial Day ceremony were recorded on Thursday.

      Kevin Corcoran of Lorelle Communications, Inc. works in the control room outside the Arlington Heights village boardroom, where segments for a virtual Memorial Day ceremony were recorded on Thursday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Arlington Heights Mayor Tom Hayes, from left, and Pastor Matt Zaubi of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church chat between segments of the virtual Memorial Day ceremony that was taped Thursday at village hall.

      Arlington Heights Mayor Tom Hayes, from left, and Pastor Matt Zaubi of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church chat between segments of the virtual Memorial Day ceremony that was taped Thursday at village hall. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 5/7/2020 7:22 PM

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.

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