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Flags at grave sites

We are only a few days away from the national holiday that honors veterans who have died serving our country.

The parade will begin at the cemetery and travels on Route 94 to Footbridge Park.

The following is a list of events across the region.

All events take place Monday, May 28 unless otherwise noted.

Bicentennial of Our State service: 1:30 p.m., Drury-Reynolds Cemetery, 316th St. W., Illinois City.

RobertsdaleThe City of Robertsdale will host its annual Memorial Day program beginning at 9 a.m. Monday, May 28 at Gordon Coley Park on Alabama 59. Other free events will be held throughout the festival including live music, a Children's Zone and more. A bake sale and luncheon items will be available for purchase from 10 a.m.to 12:30 p.m.

Here's your obligatory reminder that Memorial Day is not about summer, vacations, grilling or an extra day off work. The official commemoration ceremony will be held immediately afterwards at Veterans Park. The service will include music performed by the Iroquois West High School band, a gun salute and a speaker - Roger Bennett, commander of the Thawville Legion and a past state commander. A Haverhill High School student is expected to recite "The Gettysburg Address", by former President Abraham Lincoln and a Whittier Vocational Technical High School student is expected to deliver General Logan's Order.

More than 1,000 Old Guard soldiers today were placing flags at Arlington National Cemetery at each headstone and at every column in the Columbarium and niche walls as a part of the annual "Flags In" ceremony ahead of Memorial Day. Rose. A Cemetery Walk will take place at 1 p.m.at St. Coffee and rolls will be served afterward by the Legion post's auxiliary.

The ceremony is normally held at Forest Meadows Cemetery, but bad weather is in the forecast.

10 a.m., Parade begins, with a ceremony at the Leicester Cemetery prior to the parade. The service will be moved to 11 a.m.at Coralville American Legion, 901 Second St., in the event of rain.

10 a.m. - Parade, down Main Street to the waterfront for a final service, stopping at Grove Cemetery along the way. In the event of rain, the service will be held in the Melvin Community Hall.

At 11:30 a.m., there will be an open house for all veterans and their families at the new Veterans Center at 311 N. Second St., Unit 109, in St. Charles.

The event will feature live entertainment with music by nearly 20 different artists and special speakers including Ashland Mayor Steve Gilmore, City Commissioner Matt Perkins, State Senator Robin Webb, Commonwealth Attorney Rhonda Copley and more.

Kenneth D. Bailey; at 9 a.m.at the World War I monument at Main and Gilbert streets; at 9:45 a.m.at the Women's Memorial at Hazel and Madison; and 10 a.m.at the lagoon at the Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System to honor those lost at sea. A cookout for all marchers from the Algonquin parade and the community to give thanks to all who have served will be hosted by Lake in the Hills American Legion Post 1231.

Parade and service: downtown Erie.

Attendees are invited to head to the KIA Bench Memorial at the Town Hall entrance for a brief ceremony, as well as to acknowledge the POW Table Memorial inside the building. (Drivers willing to help transport people during the parade should be lined up in that parking lot at 9:30 a.m.). Parade entries will begin lining up at 9:30 a.m.

Memorial Day weekend services at Lincoln's Challenge Academy, 301 Dodge Ave, Rantoul, will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, May 25, in the LC gymnasium. The parade will leave from the Pollard School and march to the Elm Street Cemetery. A memorial service will be held there.

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