When the local American Legion participates in Memorial Day events this weekend it could likely be for the last time as the almost 100-year-old organization fades out of existence due to the advancing age of its dwindling membership.
We end our Observances at the All Wars Memorial with the traditional speakers, singers from Algonquin Regional High School and close the ceremony with the National Anthem.
The event, open to the public, begins with a 10:30 a.m. worship service in the church. Mass Monday at St. Anthony's Church.
A Memorial Day parade will take place at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 29. He also raised the money, supervised construction and has taken charge of maintaining the memorial dedicated on August 8, 1992. The procession leaves from behind St. Thomas School, near the intersection of Pine Street and King's Highway, down King's Highway, right onto Elm Street and marches to the Town Common for a ceremony with speeches and the presentation of flags and medals.
Ceremony: Noon. Held at the Gurnee Memorial, located in front of the police station, 100 N. O'Plaine Road, Gurnee.
The first ceremony is set to begin at 1 p.m.
Perrysville. A parade will start at 11 a.m. and proceed from the former junior high school building on OH 39 to the cemetery on Bridge Street.
Two special flags - and an 80-foot flagpole to display one of them - will be part of Memorial Day activities Monday at Fort Vancouver and in Battle Ground. Lunch follows at American Legion Post 72, 164 Wolfeboro Highway.
The program also consists of prayer, music, roll call, reading, and taps. The game begins at 7 p.m., and there will be fireworks once the game is over.
Following the downtown ceremony, veterans and their families are invited to the American Legion Hall at 240 Pearl St. for a free luncheon.
Flowers line the rocks near the water below Maritime Memorial Park after the Memorial Day service in Astoria past year.
Memorial Day services will take place at 9 a.m. Monday at Precious Blood church. The guest speaker will be Iraq War veteran Stephanie Zinser.
The Venango Legion Post 270 will host their Memorial Day service at 10:30 a.m.at the Venango Cemetery.
"It's a awful thing, but it's also a great honor to know that he was fighting for us when all of this happened", Robida said of her brother who was only 21 when he died on the USS Growler. Darren Coens. The Friends of the Legion will provide refreshments in the Post Hall following the service.
The parade will form starting at 9 a.m. on East Fourth Street between Union and Cottage streets.