Memorial Day observances
Area Memorial Day observations, all on Monday unless otherwise noted, are:
• Amboy/Lee Center/Sublette – Amboy American Legion ceremonies: Sunday 10:30 a.m. at Woodside Cemetery in Lee Center; Monday, 10 a.m. at Amboy Veterans Park; 11 a.m. at Veterans Park at Ellice Dinges Center in Sublette; and noon at Woodhaven Lakes in Sublette.
• Ashton – American Legion Post 345 ceremony begins at 10 a.m. at Mills and Petrie Building, 704 N. First St.; Army veteran Laurie Carlin Terry will speak and Ashton Community Choir will perform.
• Chadwick and Milledgeville – The Chadwick and Milledgeville American Legion posts’ program begins at 9:30 a.m. at Chadwick Middle School, 19 School St. There will be a color guard and rifle salute, and Ret. Cmdr./Senior Enlisted Leader Army Sgt. Maj. Brian Brackemeyer will speak.
• Dixon – Combined Military Organization of Dixon will lay a wreath at the riverfront at 9:30 a.m., followed at 10 a.m. by a parade with Kenneth Spratt, honorary grand marshal, to Oakwood Cemetery, East Fourth Street and South Dement Avenue, where Dixon native Col. Robert S. Dixon will speak, the Dixon Municipal Band will play the National Anthem, the Dixon Area Marine Corps League will fire a three volley rifle salute, and Chris Hammitt will sound taps while the flag is raised.
Afterward, VFW Post 540 will have a program at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, 1121 N. Galena Ave., followed by an open houses at the VFW, 1560 state Route 38, and the Legion Hall, 1120 W. First St. Lunch will be served at noon at the Legion; meat will be provided, bring a dish to pass.
• Erie – A parade, featuring music by the Blackhawk Pipes and Drums group, begins at 10 a.m. at 802 Main St. and travels to Erie Cemetery. Veterans from all towns are welcome. Rides will be provided for disabled veterans in the parade. To honor military family members, make a banner “In memory of” with name and service information. If it rains, the ceremony will be in the old Erie High School gym, 616 Sixth St.
• Franklin Grove – A parade steps off at 1 p.m. at the American Legion, 139 N. Elm St., and will go to Franklin Grove Cemetery on North State Street. Scott Spangler, a Franklin Grove resident whose father served in the military, will speak, and there will be a color guard and a rifle salute, followed by an ice cream social at the Legion.
• Fulton – An outdoor supper of barbecued beef, potato salad, baked beans, chips, dessert, and a drink will be served at 4:30 p.m., followed by a concert by the New Revival Quartet at 6 p.m., at Spring Valley Reformed Church, 10960 Spring Valley Road. If it rains, the concert will be in the sanctuary.
• Lanark – A free breakfast for all veterans, their spouses and visitors will be served at 7 a.m. at Eastland Junior-Senior High School, 500 S. School Drive.
A Memorial Day service starts at 10 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial in Lanark Cemetery, state Route 64 and Southeast Lanark Avenue, where a representative from the Rock Island Arsenal will speak. The Eastland High School band will perform, and there will be a color guard, a rifle salute and taps. If it rains, the service will be at the high school.
• Morrison – A parade begins at 10:30 a.m. at the American Legion Hall, 306 E. Main St., and will travel from Madison to Genesee streets, then north on Genesee to Grove Hill Cemetery, where Ret. Air Force Master Sgt. Mitchell Brands, a Morrison High School graduate who served in Korea and finished his career at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, will speak at 11 a.m.
• Mount Carroll – Services begin at 10 a.m. in the West Carroll Middle School gym, 633 S. East St., where American Legion Post 67 Honor Guard will post the colors and Maj. Spencer Beatty with the Rock Island Arsenal will speak.
The ceremony will continue at the courthouse square, where the colors will be posted, and wreaths will be placed on crosses of the war dead, the names of those who died the past year will be read and taps will be played. Participants will march from Market Street to the Galena Street Bridge (veterans and auxiliary members who want to ride the route should call 815-990-1533 before Monday).
At the bridge, a wreath will be placed in the Wakarusha River for those lost at sea and taps will be played. Marchers will go to Oak Hill Cemetery on West State Street, where there will be a 21-gun salute and taps. If it rains, all ceremonies will be at the middle school.
• Mount Morris – Mount Morris American Legion Post 143’s program begins at 10:30 a.m. on the northeast corner of the Mount Morris Campus near the Legion’s Veterans’ Fountain at Main and S. Wesley streets. Bring chairs.
The program includes readings of Flanders Field and the Gettysburg Address and the names of deceased veterans, placement of wreaths to honor Mount Morris soldiers killed in action and war veterans; a firing squad and taps.
If it rains, the programs will move to the Mount Morris Moose Lodge, 101 Moose Drive.
The annual potluck begins at 12:30 p.m. at the lodge; all are invited, bring a dish to pass.
• Ohio – Mass will be celebrated at 8 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 103 N. Main St., followed by the reciting of the rosary at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, 1 mile north of Ohio on Base Line Road.
• Oregon – At 9 a.m., the Oregon VFW and Oregon American Legion will place wreaths at the Ogle County Courthouse World War I and veterans memorials, followed by a parade to Riverside Cemetery on North Third Street for a service. A potluck follows at VFW Post 8739, 1310 W. Washington St. If it rains, the service will be at the VFW.
• Polo – A parade for the east end of Main Street at Pinecricker Restaurant begins at 9:30 a.m. and heads west on Main Street, then north on Division Avenue to Polo Cemetery, weather permitting. Polo Legion member Pat McPherson will speak, and there will be a color guard, a rifle salute and a salute for POW/MIAs. A wreath will be placed. A lunch will follow at the Legion, 102 E. Mason St.
• Prophetstown/Lyndon – Prophetstown and Lyndon American Legion members will have a service at 9 a.m. at Lyndon Cemetery, followed by a service at 10 a.m. at Eclipse Square Veterans Memorial Park in Prophetstown. There will be a speaker, a color guard, a rifle salute and taps.
• Rochelle – Roberts Armory WWII museum, 2090 Brush Grove Road, will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. The Higgins Boat will be open for viewing, weather permitting. World War II artifacts will be on display, including tanks, trucks, cannons and Rochelle News-Leader newspapers from 1945, presenting photographs of Rochelle residents who served during World War II. Museum vehicles also will be in the Memorial Day parade from 10 a.m. to noon downtown.
• Rock Falls – At 9 a.m., the Rock Falls and Sterling American Legions will place a wreath in the Rock River at the Lower Dam. A service begins at 11 a.m. at Coloma Township Cemetery, where Brig. Gen. Jon Safstrom, assistant adjutant for the Minnesota Air National Guard, Rock Falls American Legion Cmdr. Mark Treveer, and Rock Falls VFW Cmdr. Randy Bellows will speak, and there will be a rifle salute. The Rock Falls Legion Auxiliary, Sauk Valley Marine Corps Auxiliary, Rock Falls VFW, and the Rock Falls Eagles Club each will lay a wreath. Lunch follows at the Legion, 712 Fourth Ave.
• Savanna – A program will run from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at West Carroll Primary School, 2215 Wacker Road. Col. Stephen C. Marr will give the address, and VFW Post 2223 Cmdr. Mike Raleigh and American Legion Post 148 Cmdr. Paul Mayer will place a wreath and read the names of veterans who died in the past year. There will be a rifle salute, taps, and Men of Calvary will sing.
• Shannon – A program begins at 9:30 a.m. in the gym at Eastland Elementary School, 601 S. Chestnut St. There will be a video tribute to Shannon vets, the Shannon Baptist Orchestra and Vocal Ensemble will perform, and Roger Carson will speak. There will be a a rifle salute and taps, and a wreath will be placed.
• Sterling – Sterling American Legion program begins at 11 a.m. at Grandon Civic Center, 212 E. Fourth St., or in Centennial Auditorium at Sterling High School, 1608 Fourth Ave., if it rains. Rock Falls native and retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Walter J. Lindsley, will speak, the Sterling High School Band will perform and the American Legion Auxiliary will place a wreath at the Civil War Monument, followed by a rifle salute and taps.
• Tampico – American Legion Post 574 and the Tampico Area Historical Society’s ceremony begins at 10 a.m. at St. Mary Cemetery on Benton Street, where the names of veterans buried there will be read, and the colors will be presented. The same ceremony follows at Tampico Memorial Cemetery on state Route 172, for all veterans buried there and in Yorktown Cemetery.
• Thomson – American Legion Post 1025’s ceremony begins at 9 a.m. in the new part of Lower York Cemetery, at Argo Fay Route and Scenic Bluff Road. A second ceremony begins at 9:15 a.m. in the old part, followed by a 9:30 a.m. program at Upper York, or Argo Cemetery, at Big Cut Road and Argo Fay Route.
A service begins at 11 a.m. at Law-Jones Funeral Home, 1854 state Route 84. William Hanna with the Mount Carroll Veterans Affairs Commission will speak, the colors will be presented and there will be a rifle salute.