Here Are Some Major Memorial Day Events Near (And Not So Near) You

Sunday, May 27, 2018 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: African American soldiers. Wikimedia 

As the great folks at Hines VA Hospital note, on Memorial Day, “it’s important to understand why we pause to remember our fallen service members. Memorial Day, which is May 28, represents a day of national awareness and reverence, honoring Americans who died while defending the nation and its values.”

The following is a list of some major Memorial Day events happening in or near Proviso Township.

(Note: All of the events take place on Monday, May 28. If you know of a significant event in the area that is not included in the list below, please write the relevant info in the comments section or email us at

Riverside Ceremony

St. Mary’s Parish Center, 126 Herrick Rd. in Riverside, 10 a.m. An afternoon program will take place at 1 p.m. in Guthrie Park at the Gold Star Memorial Flagpole. The event will include placing the Navy wreath in the Des Plaines River in honor of all American veterans killed in action and buried at sea. | Source:

River Forest Memorial Day Parade 

Constitution Park, at Ashland and Division in River Forest, 9:30 a.m., will mark the starting point and time of that town’s 93rd Annual Memorial Day Parade. The parade is presented by the River Forest Service Club, the River Forest Parks Foundation, the River Forest Park District and the village of River Forest. The parade will travel from Constitution Park south on Ashland Avenue to Lake Street, then west to Keystone Park. Top it off with a FREE hotdog lunch. | Source:

Elmhurst Memorial Day Parade

York and Third Streets, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The village of Elmhurst’s 100th Memorial Day Parade begins near Elmhurst City Hall, 209 N. York Rd., goes south on York to bypass, returns on York to Church Street and west on Prospect Avenue to Wilder Park. Top it off with a military ceremony. This year’s parade is presented by the Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Elmhurst American Legion T.H.B. Post 187, Veterans of Foreign Wars Villa Park Post 2801, the city of Elmhurst and the Elmhurst Park District. | Source:

Naperville Memorial Day Parade

Starting west from Mill Street along Jackson Avenue, at 10:30 a.m., Naperville’s annual Memorial Day Parade will proceed north up Washington Street to Benton Avenue and into Central Park. Top it off with a 30-minute observance beginning at 12:15 p.m. at the Naperville Community Concert Center in Central Park.  | Source:

Centennial Commemoration of the Battle of Cantigny

Cantigny Park, 1 S. 151 Winfield Road in Wheaton, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This FREE event commemorates the 100th anniversary of America’s first key battle in World War Watch as costumed performers read letters from soldiers spanning from World War I to Operation Desert Storm. Meet some feathered friends and get hands-on with World War I themed activities fun for the whole family. | Source:

Westchester Flag Raising Ceremony 

Mayfair Park, at the corner of Mayfair and Wakefield Streets in Westchester, 10 a.m., experience a FREE flag-raising ceremony. | Source: VFP

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