Honor those who have given their lives for the freedoms we all enjoy. St. Charles annual Memorial Day activities begin at 6:00 a.m. and include cemetery ceremonies, a parade, memorial service and Open House for veterans and their families.
Schedule of Events
Flag Raising and Cemetery Ceremonies - 6:00 a.m.
The ceremony begins at Baker Community Center, 101 S. 2nd St., with Boy Scouts posting colors, Honor Guard and an honorary gun salute. Boy Scout Troops will lead Flag Ceremonies beginning at the South Cemetery (east side of 7th Ave., north of Madison), continue on to the North Cemetery (west side of IL 25/5th Ave, north of Johnor Ave.), then conclude at the Union Cemetery (east side of IL 25/5th Ave., north of Stonehedge Road).
Parade - 10:00 a.m.
The parade steps off at 6th and Main streets, and continues to Riverside Ave.
Memorial Service - 10:45 a.m.
A special memorial service will immediately follow the parade at the Freedom Shrine along the river, west of the St. Charles Police Department, 211 N. Riverside Ave. In the case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held inside the St. Charles Fire Station 1, at 112 N. Riverside Ave.
The Memorial Service is led by Event Coordinator Lt. Colonel Mark Powell, (Ret). and will include Mayor Ray Rogina reading the Annual Proclamation, a Keynote Address from Colonel Jake Wyatt (Ret), and “Taps” played by resident Kevin Gaffney and his daughter Kacie, a senior at St Charles East High School.
Veteran Open House – 11:30 a.m.
This year, there will be an open house after the memorial service for all veterans and their families at the new Veterans Center (VFW, American Legion, AMVETS) in St. Charles. The Center is located 311 North 2nd Street, Unit 109, on Rt. 31, directly across from Salerno’s on the River.
Events are sponsored by the St. Charles VFW, American Legion and AMVETS posts. For more information or if you would like to march in the parade, contact Lieutenant Colonel Mark Powell (Retired) at email@example.com 630.329.6444.