2024 Memorial Day events set in the Sauk Valley

The Dixon Area Detachment Marine Corps League fires three shots in memory of fallen soldiers on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, 2023.

With a number of ceremonies, parades and speakers planned throughout the Sauk Valley on Memorial Day, here is a list of what local communities will be doing to remember the fallen:


A Memorial Day service will begin at 9:15 a.m. Monday, May 27, at the Dixon riverfront. It will be followed by a parade to Oakwood Cemetery, 416 S. Dement Ave., for services at 10:30 a.m. After the services at Oakwood, Dixon Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 540 will conduct memorial services at Chapel Hill Cemetery, 1121 N. Galena Ave. Lunch will be served at noon at Dixon American Legion Post 12, 1120 W. First St., and Dixon VFW Post 540, 1560 Route 38. Everyone is invited to attend.

A Korean War plaque dedication will take place at 2 p.m. Monday, May 27, at the Lee County Veterans Park, Dixon. The public is invited to attend.


Sterling American Legion Post 296 is inviting the public to a Memorial Day ceremony to salute veterans who have died. The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. Monday, May 27, at the Grandon Civic Center, 304 Brinks Circle, Sterling. A guest from the Illinois National Guard is scheduled to speak. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will move to Sterling High School’s Centennial Auditorium.

Rock Falls

Rock Falls American Legion Post 902 will host a ceremony at 9 a.m. Monday, May 27, at the RB&W District, 201 E. Second St., Rock Falls. The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall plaque will be dedicated, and there will be a gun salute to honor fallen soldiers. A ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. at Coloma Township Cemetery, 908 Avalon St. The Rev. Dalmus Meeks will be the keynote speaker. A lunch will be served at the American Legion Hall, 712 Fourth Ave.


Polo’s Memorial Day Parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 27. All veterans are encouraged to march. Participants will meet at 9 a.m. by the Lamplight, 124 E. Mason St.


Morrison’s annual parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 27, march through the downtown, and then head up the hill to Grove Hill Cemetery, 400 E. High St. A remembrance ceremony, featuring speaker Larry Rice, will begin at the cemetery after the parade’s conclusion.

Mount Morris

Mount Morris American Legion Post 143, with the support of the village, is hosting a Memorial Day program at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 27, at the Memorial Fountain located at the corner of Main Street and Wesley Avenue on the campus square.

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Charlene Bielema

Charlene Bielema

Charlene Bielema is the editor of Sauk Valley Media.