Area Memorial Day observations, all on Monday unless otherwise noted, include:
• Chadwick and Milledgeville – Members of the Chadwick and Milledgeville American Legion posts will hold a Memorial Day program at 9:30 a.m. at Chadwick Middle School, 19 School St.
A color guard and rifle salute will take place. The guest speaker will be Ret. Command/Senior Enlisted Leader Army Sgt. Major Brian Brackemeyer.
• Erie – A parade, featuring music by the Blackhawk Pipes and Drums group, will begin at 10 a.m. at 802 Main St. and travel to Erie Cemetery. All veterans from all towns are welcome. Rides will be provided for handicapped veterans in the parade. Attendees can honor their military family members by making a banner “In Memory of” with their relative’s name and service information. If it rains, the ceremony will move to the old Erie High School gym, 616 Sixth St.
• Fulton – A meal and summer night outdoor concert will be at Spring Valley Reformed Church, 10960 Spring Valley Road, Fulton. Supper will be served at 4:30 p.m., including barbeque beef, potato salad, baked beans, chips, dessert, and something to drink. Donations will be accepted. New Revival Quartet will perform at 6 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be in the sanctuary.
• Lanark – A free breakfast for all veterans, their wives, and visitors will be offered 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. In case of inclement weather, the service will be at the high school. A representative from the Rock Island Arsenal will speak. The Eastland High School band will perform several numbers. A color guard will present the colors, a rifle salute will take place, and taps will be played.
• Morrison – A parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Main Street from Madison to Genesee Street, then north on Genesee to Grove Hill Cemetery. Parade line-up will be at 10 a.m. at the American Legion Hall, 306 E. Main St.
The service will start at 11 a.m. at the cemetery, with Father James Brzezinski of St. Anne Episcopal Church in Morrison offering the invocation and benediction. The speaker will be Air Force Master Sgt. Mitchell Brands (Ret.), a Morrison High School graduate who served in Korea and finished his career at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana.
• Mount Carroll – Services begin at 10 a.m. May 29 in the West Carroll Middle School gymnasium, 633 S. East St. American Legion Post 67 Honor Guard will post the colors. Pastor Robert Stark with First Lutheran Church will give the invocation and benediction. Rich Ottens will introduce the keynote speaker, Major Spencer Beatty with the Rock Island Arsenal.
After West’s presentation, the ceremony will continue at the courthouse square. The colors will be posted, and wreaths will be placed on crosses for all conflicts since the Revolutionary War. The names of the deceased from the past year will be read. Taps will be played. Participants will march from Market Street to the Galena Street Bridge. Any veterans and auxiliary who wish to ride on the parade route can call Ottens at 815-990-1533 before Monday.
At the bridge, a wreath will be placed in the Wakarusha River for those lost at sea. Taps will again be played. Marchers will go to Oak Hill Cemetery on West State Street, perform a 21-gun salute, and play taps. In case of bad weather, all ceremonies will be at the middle school.
• Savanna – A program will run from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at West Carroll Primary School, 2215 Wacker Road. The Men of Calvary will sing the national anthem, Rock island Arsenal Garrison Commander 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 a roll call of veterans who died in the past year. There will be a rifle salute, taps, and Men of Calvary will sing “God Bless America.”
• Shannon – A program will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the gym at Eastland Elementary School, 601 S. Chestnut St. A 25-minute video tribute to Shannon Vets will be presented. The Shannon Baptist Orchestra and Vocal Ensemble will perform. The keynote speaker will be Roger Carson discussing “God Bless Them.”
A wreath to the fallen will be placed. A rifle salute will take place, and taps will be played.
• Thomson – American Legion Donald Ashpole Post 1025 members will begin observances with a ceremony at 9 a.m. at the new portion of Lower York Cemetery, at Argo Fay Route and Scenic Bluff Road. A second ceremony will be at 9:15 a.m. at the old portion of Lower York, followed by a 9:30 a.m. program at Upper York, or Argo Cemetery, at Big Cut Road and Argo Fay Route.
At 11 a.m., a service will take place at 11 a.m. at Law-Jones Funeral Home, . William Hanna with the Veterans Affairs Commission office in Mount Carroll will speak. The colors will be presented, and a rifle salute will take place.