Memorial Day observances in Sauk Valley

A listing of announced Memorial Day observances in the Sauk Valley region.

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Monday, May 30

Sterling. 11 a.m., Grandon Civic Center, Sterling American Legion Post 296. Speaker: Staff Sgt. Luke Moritz, Illinois National Guard. (Rain location: Woodlawn Arts Academy).

Dixon: Dixon VFW Post 450 and American Legion Post 12 will have a wreath-laying ceremony at 9:30 a.m. at the Reagan statue on Riverfront on South Hennepin Avenue, then will parade to Oakwood Cemetery, 416 Dement Ave., where there will be another ceremony around 10:30 a.m. Afterward, there will be a procession to Chapel Hill Cemetery, 1121 Galena Ave., for a ceremony. Open houses at the VFW, 1560 Franklin Grove Road, and at the Legion, 1120 W. First. St.

Rock Falls. Sterling American Legion Post 296 and Rock Falls American Legion Post 902 will fire an honor salute at the lower dam at 9 a.m. after the laying of flowers in the Rock River. At 11 a.m., Post 902 Color Guard will appear at Coloma Township Cemetery and place colors for branches of the Armed Forces. There will be a cookout afterward.

Morrison. 10:30 a.m., parade on Main Street to Grove Hill Cemetery. Keynote address, placing of wreath, rifle salute, playing of taps at Legion-VFW Pavilion. Reopening ceremony at Morrison American Legion Post 328, including meal.

Amboy. 10 a.m., Veterans Park. Keynote address by Amboy native and U.S. Navy Chief Cody Martinez, Great Lakes Naval Station, Chicago. Traditional reading of Gettysburg Address.

Sublette. 11 a.m., Ellice Dinges Center.

Erie. 10 a.m. parade to Heritage Park, 421 Highland Ave. noon picnic.

Polo. 9:15 a.m. parade at Mason Street to Farmount Cemetery. Laying of wreath by Polo VFW and American Legion Auxiliary at tomb of Unknown Soldier.

Rochelle. The Roberts Armory World War II museum will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. The Higgins boat will be open for viewing, weather permitting.

Tampico. Services at Catholic Cemetery, 10 a.m. Prayer by Linda Taets, Tampico American Legion Post 575 Auxiliary president. Reading of deceased veterans by Bill Lemmer of Legion Post 574. Services at Memorial Cemetery. Reading of deceased veterans by the Rev. Leanne Keate, Tampico First United Methodist Church and the Rev. Ethan Horton, Tampico Baptist Church.

Sunday, June 5

New Bedford. 2 p.m., Greenville-Fairfield Cemetery. (Rain location: New Bedford Christian Church).