Memorial Day 2022 events in Chicago area: Parades, commemorations and more

Memorial Day 2022 events in Chicago area: Parades, commemorations and more

CHICAGO (TOC) — Folks throughout the Chicago space are remembering those that paid the last word worth this Memorial Day.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot attended an 11 a.m. Memorial Day commemoration at Chicago’s Grant Park and Gov. JB Pritzker spoke at Mount Prospect’s Memorial Day parade and ceremony.

In Grant Park, officers requested individuals gathered to take a second to recollect what Memorial Day is all about.

They mentioned it is about remembering those that have died whereas serving the nation. Mayor Lori Lightfoot reminded individuals that doesn’t simply embrace U.S. army members, but additionally cops and metropolis staff of all types.

“Memorial Day is a day to recollect all of the service women and men who gave their lives for our nation’s freedom. We’re standing right here in the present day due to these individuals,” mentioned retired Main Common John Scully, civilian aide to the Secretary of the Military in Illinois.

“This weekend, whether or not its police, whether or not its fireplace, EMT, a complete vary of metropolis staff are out and have been out away from their households,” Lightfoot mentioned.

Common John Logan was instrumental to the institution of Memorial Day after the Civil Battle. For 26 years now, army members and Chicago metropolis officers have laid wreaths in remembrance of fallen veterans on the base of his statue in Grant Park.

“The nation owes John Logan, an Illinois basic, a southern Illinois basic who saved Illinois within the union, eternal gratitude,” mentioned retired Main Common John Borling.

Governor JB Pritzker reminded the group what our fallen have given, so we might stay free.

“Freedom is not free,” Pritzker mentioned. “Those that gave the last word sacrifice knew that. These of us who stay should do not forget that.”

The 103rd annual Memorial Day Parade returned to Arlington Heights after a two-year absence from the pandemic. Arlington Heights Mayor Tom Hayes joined ABC7 Monday morning to debate the festivities.

“We truly simply moved to Arlington Heights in November, so we’re excited to start out all these traditions,” resident Kylie Arndt mentioned.

“I wished to return for the youngsters and for the cops and everyone that served our nation,” resident Julie Lima mentioned.

With 3,000 marchers and several other thousand spectators, the Arlington Heights Memorial Day parade is likely one of the largest within the space, working from Village Corridor to Memorial Park. The thrill introduced out even the littlest of followers.

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The village additionally had a Silver Star Pinning Ceremony adopted by a studying of the names of fallen heroes. Parking is free in Arlington Heights parking tons on Memorial Day 2022. For extra data, click on right here.

Folks throughout our space got here collectively to commemorate all of the native service women and men who made the last word sacrifice, defending our freedom.

“I need them to actually recognize what we’ve got on this nation and the worth that so many individuals have paid, whether or not within the army or in any other case serving our nation,” Vietnam Battle veteran Don Luken mentioned. “I believe it is really easy to take it without any consideration as a result of we’ve got it so good.”

In Mount Prospect, individuals additionally gathered for a ceremony that included Revolutionary Battle and Civil Battle cannons, a flyover with an Air Pressure fighter squadron, and a 21-gun salute. They’re all traditions that maintain individuals coming again 12 months after 12 months.

“My household moved right here in 1950, so I sort of grew up with the city,” Mike Zadel mentioned. “This has been a practice for so long as I can keep in mind.”

This 12 months’s parade marshal is native hero and Medal of Honor recipient Allen Lynch, who additionally served because the occasion’s keynote speaker.

Lightfoot inspired residents to thank metropolis staff for his or her service.

Full record of Chicago-area Memorial Day occasions:

8 a.m. – Beverly/Morgan Park 10K Memorial Day race at Ridge Park at 9625 S. Longwood Drive.

9:45 a.m. – Gov. JB Pritzker speaks at Mount Prospect Memorial Day Parade and ceremony at Lions Park Veteran’s Memorial at 411 S. Maple St.

10 a.m. – Hoffman Estates Memorial Day ceremony at police division at 411 W. Higgins Highway.

10 a.m. -Memorial Day ceremony held by veterans at Breakers Senior Way of life Neighborhood in Edgewater Seaside at 5333 N. Sheridan Highway.

10 a.m. – Cook dinner County Board Pres. Toni Preckwinkle marches within the Chicago Heights Memorial Day Parade at Landeen Park at 181 W. tenth St.

10 a.m. – Lynwood Mayor Jada Curry unveils Veterans Memorial at Liberty Memorial Park at 3107 Glenwood Dyer Highway.

10:30 a.m. – Barrington Memorial Day parade begins at Cook dinner and Fundamental streets.

10:30 a.m. – Evanston Memorial Day ceremony held by Evanston American Legion Submit 42 at Fountain Sq. at Sherman and Davis Road.

11 a.m. – Mayor Lori Lightfoot attends Memorial Day Commemoration at Grant Park at Michigan and ninth Road.

11 a.m. – Former Gov. Pat Quinn speaks with veterans in Garfield Ridge on the Rhine VFW Submit 2729, 5858 at S. Archer Ave.

11 a.m. – Memorial Day parade held by Wellington Oakdale Previous Glory Marching Society at Pine Grove and Wellington avenues in Lakeview.

Midday – Roosevelt Assortment Outlets hosts “Therapeutic and Concord” occasion on its rooftop for Psychological Well being Consciousness Month at 150 W Roosevelt Highway within the Loop.

Midday – Aurora Memorial Day parade begins at Benton and River streets.

1 p.m. – Matteson Memorial Day live performance attended by Matteson Mayor Sheila Chalmers-Currin at Memorial Park 212th Place at Tower Avenue.

1 p.m. – Memorial Day ceremony held by Village of Orland Park at14700 S. Ravinia Avenue.

The Solar-Instances Media Wire contributed to this report.

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