WASHINGTON — The City of Washington will hold a Memorial Day parade and ceremony starting at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 28. The parade will start at West Jefferson and North Main St. and proceed south on south Main Street to Oakwood Drive and into Glendale Cemetery.

Memorial Day is a day that we honor and remember those that have died in active military service. It is a day that all Veterans, all that have served in the military services of our country and the citizens of our great nation have an opportunity to come together to remember those that have fallen in the service of our country.

The ceremony will be a city wide event that includes the VFW, the American Legion, the Washington Police Department, both of our local fire departments, WCHS band, the Scouts of our city, a military reenactment group from the Central Illinois World War 2 Reenactment Organization, Legion Riders, and antique vehicles.

The guest speaker for the event will be Sergeant Steven Hopper from Greenfield, Illinois. Sergeant Hopper was twice wounded in action in Vietnam as he completed his deployment in 1967.  He is one of the Veterans that have traveled to Vietnam with military personnel to assist Veterans that are in need of help. He also was one of six veterans that were recently chosen to participate in a memorial service in Vietnam with President Donald Trump who personally congratulated and spent time with the Veterans.

The City of Washington invites you to attend on this very important Memorial Day to show Respect and Honor for those that gave their lives for our country and for all those that have served and continue to serve our country today. Veterans and those that have served our country are invited to ride the Veteran Bus which will load at the Washington Park District office on Spruce Street and then join the parade. Riders will be returned to the Park District office after the ceremony.

Follow the parade on foot or drive your car to the new easy to park area at the cemetery where we have also added a shuttle bus for your convenience Bring your lawn chairs, be comfortable and enjoy the Memorial Service.