Please note City Hall will be closed on Monday, May 28, 2018 in observance of Memorial Day.
2018 Memorial Day Observance
Monday, May 28, 2018
Soldiers and Sailors Monument
The annual Community Memorial Day ceremony is at 10:00 a.m. Monday, May 28, 2018 at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Oakwood Cemetery, Oakwood Avenue and York Street. The service, organized this year by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6791, is comprised of members American Legion, its Ladies Auxiliary, Sons of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6791 and its Auxiliary.
American flags are on the gravesites of veterans in all four of the cemeteries.
VFW and Legion member Kevin Driscoll is the moderator. Julia Doggett, chaplain of the American Legion Auxiliary, gives the opening and closing prayers. Mayor Ruben Pineda is the featured speaker. The ceremony includes the 21-gun salute and the laying of the wreath at the base of the monument. West Chicago Community High School Band, under the direction of James Wallace, plays a medley of patriotic songs. The echoing sounds of “Taps” reverberate throughout the cemetery as the two WCCHS juniors, Jeri Rethford and Gavin O’Keefe, play their trumpets.
Prior to the community ceremony, members of the Legion and the VFW visit Glen Oak Cemetery on Arbor Avenue, Calvary Cemetery on East Washington Street, and St. John Cemetery in Winfield. At each stop, they honor those who have served with the 21-gun salute and the playing of “Taps.”