The summer parties start this weekend, but it’s important to remember the reason for the Memorial Day weekend is to remember the men and women who gave everything in defending this country.
Memorial Day Parade
Chicago does a great job of honoring our fallen troops with one of the largest Memorial Day parades in the country. The day begins at the eternal flame at Daley plaza with a wreath laying ceremony and then continues with the parade. The Grand Marshal will be Lt. General Kenneth R. Dahl.
During the wreath laying ceremony those with Gold Star pins and Next of Kin pins will be recognized. The pins are not awards but given to those who lost loved ones who were in the military while on active duty or combat operations.
Annual Ceremony and Dedication of the General John A. Logan Monument
Since 1996 a wreath has been laid at the monument of General John A. Logan in Grant Park. Logan not only served as a general in the Civil War for the Union Army and as a senator of Illinois but signed the proclamation that Memorial Day, then known as Decoration Day, be observed nationwide. At the Memorial Day Parade being held on State Street Eli Williamson will be given the Major General John A. Logan Patriot Award for his work founding No Veteran Behind, and organization that helps veterans with employment opportunities, educational debt relief, and more.
The Chicago Memorial Day Parade kicks off Saturday, May 28 at 11 a.m. with the wreath laying ceremony at Daley Plaza located on Dearborn St. and Washington St. The parade will kick off at 12:00 p.m. at State St. and Lake St. For more information visit cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/memorial_day_parade. The Annual Ceremony and Dedication of the General John A. Logan Monument takes place Monday, May 30 at 12 p.m. in Grant Park at Michigan Avenue and 9th Street. For more information visit chicagoculturalmile.org/event/annual-ceremony-and-dedication-of-the-general-john-a-logan-monument.