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. Parade registration forms for groups that want to march in the parade are due May 15. Download the form here. Main Street and other streets to be closed for the parade and staging. Street closure details are here.
Memorial Ceremony Event - 10:45 a.m.
A special memorial ceremony at the Freedom Shrine will immediately follow the parade. It will take place 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 St. Charles Veteran and Fireman Andrew Perry and “Taps” played by resident Jim Stombres, former band director for St Charles North High School.
Free Veterans luncheon, “Ron’s Italian Feast” for Post members & family at Club Arcada, 105 E. Main Street, 2nd floor. (Handicap-accessible lobby elevator). Seating limited to 120.
Free Community Picnic at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main Street, main floor
Free Patriotic face painting by Grin & Wear It!
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.