Celebrate holiday weekend with Memorial Day parade

Flags at grave sites

Flags at grave sites

United Veterans of the Flathead Valley have several Memorial Day ceremonies planned around the Flathead Valley.

The public is invited to the service, which will start with a short prayer at 1 p.m.at Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Place in Aurora, followed by a memorial procession that will head west on Downer Place, then north on Highland Avenue, then east on Sullivan Road and finally north on Illinois Route 25 to River Hills.

The annual Memorial Day parade will be held in downtown Toledo on Saturday. The ceremony at O'Fallon cemetery includes comments by O'Fallon Mayor Herb Roach. A 21-gun salute and taps will be presented. There will be a closing ceremony after the parade at The Park, located at the intersection of Bartlet and Chestnut streets. There will be a short service at 9:30 a.m.at the Lisk Cemetery in rural Thawville. The Parade starts at 11 a.m., barbecue at about 11:30 a.m. Hamburgers and hot dogs will also be served. A basket lunch will be held at noon, followed by the business meeting at 1 p.m. The All Veterans Memorial Association will host the observances. The service will take place at 9:30 a.m.at Hillside Cemetery at 13750 County Road 12. Participants are asked to line up at the school no later than 9:30 a.m.

All veterans are encouraged to participate.

The Evergreen Cemetery Benevolent Society will hold its annual Memorial Day commemoration at Evergreen Cemetery in Colorado Springs on Monday beginning at 9:30 a.m. with historic WWI and WWII displays. The parade will proceed on Rutherford Avenue to the Main Street war memorial across from the Borough Hall. The group will then proceed to Center Grove Cemetery for a 8:45 service and then continue to Hope Cemetery for a 9:00 a.m. service.

Memorial Day is a federal holiday honoring the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces. Bring chairs. 309-788-6197.

After taking a year off the Gear Jammers Car Club will host its annual Silverhill Car Show on Saturday, May 26. Following the service, there will be a parade from the memorial to the VFW Post No. 7415, 214 Market St. 309-236-1633 or 309-799-7607. The parade will wind down Mammoth to the Town Common for traditional services. Veterans' organizations will present the Parade of Colors. The tour is free and will begin Sunday at 10 a.m.at the Ivy Chapel. If it rains, the 9 a.m. service will be moved to the Jersey Shore Middle School auditorium. Firing and Taps will be carried out by the American Legion. 309-236-2455 or 309-373-3503. 200 S. 5th St., Dupo. Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School's marching band will give a musical tribute.

10 a.m. - Miller Yard, Burketville. The parade will step off at 10:30 a.m. The Orion Community Band will perform, and there will be a speaker from the Rock Island Arsenal. Bring lawn chairs to the ceremony. O'Fallon Cemetery ceremony, North Oak St., O'Fallon.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Robert Ferguson Post No. 843 of Curwensville will conduct military honors Monday, May 28 at various cemeteries. A ceremony will be held at 11 a.m.to remember all veterans. Rock Island National Cemetery director Sue Jehlen and Gold Star Mother Barb Ritter will speak. Those using wheelchairs may park at the cemetery.

The American Legion Edward Arthur Rafferty Post No. 632 of Grampian will conduct military honor services on Monday, May 28, at local cemeteries and the Grampian Honor Roll. Milan. There will be a speaker from the Rock Island Arsenal, presentation of a flag, flower placement and a rifle salute.

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