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St. Charles 2019 Memorial Day Ceremony, May 27

Come out to show respect for our troops who have given their lives in service to our country and thank our local veterans at the St. Charles Memorial Day events to be held Monday, May 27. Activities begin at 6 a.m. and include cemetery ceremonies, a parade, and a memorial service. 

“There are nearly 25,000 veterans in Kane County,” said St. Charles Mayor Ray Rogina. “We always have a tremendous outpouring of community support for our servicemen and women at our Memorial Day events and look forward to seeing everyone once again as we recognize all those who have served our nation.”

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 then 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. Groups that want to march in the parade, please download and submit a registration form.

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 St. Charles Veteran and Fireman Andrew Perry, and “Taps” played by resident Jim Stombres, former band director for St Charles North High School.

Veteran Luncheon & Community Picnic – 11:30 a.m.

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 about Memorial Day events, please contact Mark Powell at 630.329.6444.

updated May 14, 2019