Oswego to observe Memorial Day with parade, memorial service at cemetery

American Legion Post 675 Honor Guard leads down Main Street during Oswego's annual Memorial Day parade on Saturday, May 30, 2022.

Oswego’s annual Memorial Day parade, sponsored by Oswego American Legion Post 675, will step off at 10 a.m. Monday, May 29.

As approved by the Village Board during an April 18 meeting, the solemn parade to honor the nation’s war dead will proceed from the former Traughber Junior High School at Franklin and Washington streets onto Polk Street then turn left onto Washington Street to Jackson Street. Once on Jackson Street, the parade will turn left onto Jefferson Street and proceed to Main Street. Once on Main Street, the parade will pass the Veterans Memorial at Jefferson and Main streets and proceed south through the village’s business district to the Oswego Township Cemetery, just north of Route 71.

A memorial service will take place in the cemetery after the parade. The Legion will host a luncheon after the service at the Legion Post, at 19 W. Washington St. (Route 34).

Joining the Legion in the parade will be the Legion Auxiliary, Kendall County Veterans’ Assistance Commission, Oswego Fire Department, Oswego Police Department, Kendall County Sheriff’s Office, marching bands from Oswego High School and Oswego East High School, and Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois.

Lineup for the parade will begin at 9 a.m. at the former Traughber Junior High School.

The Legion’s Memorial Day parade has been a tradition in the village for decades.