St. Charles Memorial Day features flag ceremonies, parade and service
Come out to show respect for our troops who have given their lives in service to our country and thank our local veterans at the St. Charles Memorial Day events Monday, May 30.
Activities include cemetery ceremonies, a parade, and a memorial service.
"There are nearly 25,000 veterans in Kane County," said St. Charles Mayor Lora Vitek. "We have had a tremendous outpouring of community support for our servicemen and women at our Memorial Day events in the past and look forward to seeing everyone once again as we recognize all those who have sacrificed their lives in the service of our nation."
The ceremony begins at 6 a.m. at Baker Community Center, 101 S. 2nd St., with the Boy Scouts posting colors, an Honor Guard and an honorary gun salute.
Boy Scout Troops will then lead flag ceremonies beginning at the South Cemetery (east side of Seventh Avenue, north of Madison), continue on to the North Cemetery, west side of Route 25/Fifth Avenue, north of Johnor Avenue), then conclude at the Union Cemetery (east side of Route 25/Fifth Avenue, north of Stonehedge Road).
The parade steps off at 10 a.m. at Sixth and Main streets, and continues to Riverside Avenue.
A special memorial service will immediately follow the parade at the Freedom Shrine along the river, west of the former St. Charles Police Department, 211 N. Riverside Ave.
In the case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held at 10:45 a.m. inside the St. Charles Fire Station 1, at 112 N. Riverside Ave.
The Memorial Service will be led by the event coordinator, retired Lt. Colonel Mark Powell. It will include Mayor Lora Vitek reading the annual Proclamation, a keynote address from Jack Erwin, and taps played by Jim Stombres.
For more information about Memorial Day events, contact Mark Powell at firstname.lastname@example.org or (630) 329-6444.