Memorial Day 2023 observances in the Sauk Valley

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Memorial Day: Monday, May 29

Rock Falls

Rock Falls American Legion Post 902, Rock Falls Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5418 and Sterling American Legion Post 296 will honor service members lost at sea at 9 a.m. by the lower dam on the Rock River. There will be an observance 11 a.m. at Coloma Township Cemetery.


Dixon VFW Post 450 and American Legion Post 12 will have a wreath-laying ceremony at 9:30 a.m. along the Rock River shore at Heritage Crossing. A parade featuring the Dixon Municipal Band will be at 10 a.m.

There will be a ceremony at Oakwood Cemetery, 416 Dement Ave., at 10:30 a.m. A procession will lead to the Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens and Cemetery, 1121 Galena Ave., for a ceremony at 11 a.m. There will be open houses at the VFW, 1560 Franklin Grove Road, and at the Legion, 1120 W. First St. at 11:30 a.m.


Sterling American Legion Post 296 Memorial Day ceremony, 11 a.m., Grandon Civic Center, Sterling. Specialist James Hartwig of DeKalb, a member of Illinois National Guard Troop B, 2nd Squadron, 106th Cavalry, Dixon, will be a guest speaker. If it rains, activities will move to Centennial High School in Sterling.


Concert by Sacred Call Ministries will be at 6 p.m. at Spring Valley Reformed Church, 10960 Spring Valley Road, Fulton. Free-will offerings accepted. Meal served at 4 p.m. If it rains, activities will move indoors.


10 a.m., Veterans Park, Amboy American Legion Post 453. Speakers: Jessica Hume Dale, Air Force, and Elise Ulferts Hume, Marine Corps Reserve.


10 a.m. wreath laying at Veterans Memorial Courthouse lawn. Service at Riverside Cemetery. Potluck luncheon at VFW Post 8739, bring side dish to pass.


11 a.m. Monday, May 29. Ellice Dinges Center.

Paw Paw

11 a.m., Wyoming Cemetery. Also: pancake and sausage breakfast, 6:30 to 10 a.m. at Paw Paw Community Center. Meals are $8 but free for veterans.


10:30 a.m. Memorial Day Parade from Main Street to Grove Hill Cemetery. Morrison’s Avenue of Flags is on display from Routes 30 to 78.


Activities include breakfast at Margaret Park starting at 8:30 a.m., parade at 10 a.m. and a Memorial Day Service at Erie Cemetery at 11 a.m.


11 a.m., Memorial Day ceremony at Lusk Cemetery where the Hanson-Kennedy Post will read names during the ceremony.


9 a.m., Prophetstown American Legion Post #522 to host a Memorial Day service at the Lyndon Cemetery.


10 a.m. Memorial Day Parade from Third and Washington to Eclipse Square Veterans Memorial Park. Local Scouts will give readings and place flowers.


9:30 a.m., parade featuring Patrick Fegan American Legion Post 83, Polo VFW 8455, individual veterans, Polo police and fire, and local youth scouting organizations. 10 a.m. wreath-laying at Tomb of Unknown Soldier at Fairmount Cemetery by auxiliaries for the American Legion and VFW.

Mount Morris

10 a.m., reading of deceased veterans since World War II and special recognition of those killed in action at American Legion Veterans Memorial Fountain, corner of Wesley Avenue and Main Street.


Roberts Armory World War II Museum will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. with free admission.


10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Cemetery, followed by salute and reading of names by American Legion Post 574 and Tampico Area Historical Society. Procession to Tampico Memorial Cemetery where Legion will also conduct a memorial salute and Tampico Area Historical Society Members will conduct a reading a names. Veterans buried at Yorktown Cemetery will also be recognized.


10 a.m. service will be at the Mills and Petrie Community building.

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