Take a break from the barbecues, and take the opportunity to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice at these two Memorial Day events.
Saturday, May 27
Wreath Laying Ceremony, 11 a.m. at Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St.
Parade, 12 p.m., State Street from Lake Street to Van Buren Street
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 United States Marine Corps, Lieutenant General Robert S. Walsh. Walsh served as Commanding General of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
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.
Monday, May 29, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.
Logan Monument, in Grant Park at Michigan Avenue and 9th Street
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 John Schwan will be given the Major General John A. Logan Patriot Award for his work with Operation Support Our Troops America, a foundation that not only helps soldiers currently serving but also helps those returning to civilian life in finding employment and any other services they may need.