ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (WLS) –
The Chicago area marks this memorial day with a series of ceremonies and parades on Monday
Thousands lined the Arlington Heights parade on Monday morning. The Arlington Heights Veterans Memorial Committee, in its 99th year, hosts one of the largest Memorial Day parades in the area.
The parade, consisting of more than 3,000 protesters and World War II veterans, Korea, Vietnam and Desert Storm.
The parade guests honored the heroes and pay tribute to them on this very serious day.
"My brother served in the military for 26 years, and we do that to honor him and all the others who served our country." It is important to get up at 7, just to come here, "said Lois Menis.
"I hope the children can understand how important it is and how important it is to be peaceful and to preserve peace. I just hope that these little children can change that today around the world "said Barb Weglarz.
And the grand marshal of the parade this year is Al Mampre, born and raised in Oak Park. He joined the army when he was just 20 years old. A veteran of World War II and a veteran of combat, his unit was immortalized in the HBO series "Band of Brothers". Al was one of them.
"We have a lot of what I just call arrows, we're in good hands, I'm not worried about our future," Mampre said.
Meanwhile, Gold Star wife Katie Stack is in memory of her husband James, who was killed in Afghanistan in 201
Meanwhile, Gold Star's wife Katie Stack remembers her husband James, who was killed in 2010 along with 24 other men in Afghanistan. This ceremony commemorates him and others who died in the service of Arlington Heights.
"The most important thing for me is that people have made the ultimate sacrifice and we, as a nation, deserve to give them this day to honor and acknowledge those who" said Stack.
Veterans read the names of 58 Arlington Heights military men who died in the service of our nation from civil war to Operation Enduring Freedom.
In Chicago, a Former Vietnam Prisoner Will Wreath a Wreath (19659003) Retired Major General John L. Borling was a fighter pilot shot down in Vietnam. He spent several years as a prisoner of war.
Borling will conduct the ceremony on Monday in the General John A. Logan Monument.
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Monday is your last chance to check out a smaller replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
The replica of the monument is exhibited in McHenry Township Park. A closing ceremony will take place this afternoon at 15.00.
The predicted record heat triggered the cancellation of the Naperville Memorial Day Parade scheduled for Monday morning, city officials said late Sunday. Although there is no parade, a Memorial Day ceremony was still held in Central Park. The Memorial Day parade and picnic in Lisle have also been canceled.
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