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Elmhurst 99th Annual Memorial Day Parade

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May 19, 2017
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‘Always Remember’ Is Elmhurst Memorial Day Theme
 
     Cheered on by thousands of patriotic citizens resolute to “Always Remember” our nation’s military men and women, more than 90 entries will march on May 29 in Elmhurst’s 99th Annual Memorial Day Parade through downtown Elmhurst to the Veterans Memorial in Wilder Park.
     Presented by our Chamber—in partnership with Elmhurst American Legion T.H.B. Post 187, Veterans of Foreign Wars Villa Park Post 2801, City of Elmhurst and Elmhurst Park District—the Parade kicks off at 9:30 a.m., followed by the Post-Parade Ceremony at 11 a.m.
     This year’s Grand Marshal is retired United States Air Force Brigadier General and Chaplain John M. Wendel, 83, of Elmhurst, an honored contributor to the parade and post-parade military ceremony and Elmhurst’s Veterans Day observances for more than a decade.
     On display in Wilder Park over the Memorial Day weekend will be four rows of new white wooden crosses featuring nameplates of deceased Elmhurst veterans, including many killed in action, and more than 300 American flags honoring service members from Illinois killed in action since September 11, 2001.
     Elmhurst College student Scott Herzog, a senior from Western Springs who got involved with the Memorial Day ceremonies through his fraternity (Lambda Chi Alpha), and his father donated their labor in hand crafting and painting 65 new crosses to replace the old stock.
     This year’s cross display will include the names of an additional five Elmhurst servicemen who were KIA, three from the Vietnam War and two from the Korean War.
     New to Elmhurst’s Memorial Day efforts, the flag display is presented by True Patriots Care, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit foundation dedicated to the recognition and support of first responders and armed services members who have served their communities.
     So enjoy your Memorial Day weekend, but also remember why America is the land of the free and the home of brave.