Monday is Memorial Day, when we pay tribute to all the American men and women who fell on the battlefields, who struggle to win and then keep our freedom. When I was a kid, it became known as the day of decoration.
Those we honor did not become veterans. They died with their helmets, uniforms and boots.
We have Veterans Day to honor the service of all US forces. It is November 11, the day World War I ended with a truce in 1918. This year it will be observed on Monday, November 12, because the 11th is a Sunday.
Memorial Day began after the American Civil War, when US Army General John A. Logan of Illinois became leader of the Great Army of the Republic, a vast organization of Civil War veterans
Logan picked this date because flowers are blooming. The first memorial ceremony took place on May 30, 1868 at Arlington National instead of Cemetery, which before the war was the plantation of Robert E. Lee, the Virginia general who left the US, despite President Abraham Lincoln's repeated appeals to Lee to command Union troops  Lee joined the rebels, he said, because Virginia had the US and his first loyalty
The US seized Lee's plantation and converted it into a national cemetery for US war victims.
Informally, the tradition of festooning gravediggers from the Civil War began in the north and south as the families of the fallen went to cemeteries to honor their fallen soldiers with freshly picked flowers.
In later years, the purpose of the day was extended to honor fallen soldiers from all wars Americans participated. The day of remembrance, however, was declared official government holiday in 1971. Today we watch him on Monday, which is closest to May 30th.
There are many memorials and parades in the Greater Rockford area on Monday morning, and I urge you to
One thing I would like to highlight is at 10am on Monday at Kishwaukee Cemetery on Kishwaukee Road, a quarter mile south of Crossing the Kishwaukee and Condon streets. It is about five minutes south of the Chicago Rockford International Airport. This is the 148th annual memorial day of Kishwaukee Cemetery. It is the longest running annual event of its kind in Winnebago County.
I was honored several years ago to serve as a speaker in this service. The Speaker of Monday will be prosecutor Joe Bruscato of Winnebago County.
Once again this year, members of the Stillman Valley High School Future Farmers of America play a key role in the ceremony.
The Kishwaukee Cemetery was founded in 1845 as the oldest burial ground for settlers in Winnebago County
veterans of the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, World War I and World War II and the Korean War buried pristine rural cemetery
In bad weather, the service is relocated to the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Kishwaukee, southwest of the cemetery
Note: If you want to pick up a free veteran's grave flag you are still in the Field of Honor War Memorial, 100 Heart Boulevard, available. In Loves Park
As you will recall, I have the old Essex Wire factory site, which becomes massive rubble heaps and the shell of the office part of the buildings along North Main Street
The owner's company, AW Enterprises, in a May 8 hearing at City Hall, promised that the 15.2-acre site would be cleared in 30 days. The company representative also promised to pay a fine of $ 50,000. The deadline for the work is 9 June.
I make a habit of driving regularly on North Main Street to see how garbage disposal progresses.
Nothing had been achieved on Friday, May 25th. The rotten pile and the rubble heaps are still there.
I called the city administrator Todd Cagnoni, who worked hard to solve this situation.
"The good news is they had to pay the $ 50,000 fine, which is encouraging," said Cagnoni. He also said that no demolition company had yet been contracted to demolish remaining building fragments and remove the massive rubble heaps.
Chuck Sweeny: 815-987-1366; firstname.lastname@example.org; @chucksweeny