East Peoria VFW plans Memorial Day ceremony

The East Peoria VFW Post 2078 is sponsoring a Memorial Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 25. Join the members of VFW Post 2078 at the Fondulac Cemetery’s Soldiers Field as they have a wreath laying ceremony honoring their departed past members. Those who have passed away since last years ceremony will be honored with a bell ring and a flower for the family. The public is invited to attend this ceremony.

Tremont Memorial Day Ceremony

Tremont American Legion Post #1236 will conduct a Memorial Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 27, at the Veterans’ Memorial in Tremont Park located on state route 9 in Tremont, Illinois. Anyone wanting to honor our veterans is welcome to attend. For information call Jim Grimm at 309-242-6472.   

Memorial Day service planned in Delavan-Green Valley

The Delavan-Green Valley American Legion Post #382 will host a Memorial Day service at 11 a.m. Monday, May 27, at the Former National Guard Armory, 206 E. Third St., Delavan.

Local ceremony schedule will be Green Valley Cemetery at 8:45 a.m.; Green Valley Memorial Service at 9 a.m. (held at Green Valley Veteran’s Memorial); St. Mary’s Cemetery at 10 a.m.; and Prairie Rest Cemetery at 10:15 a.m. 

Avenue of Flags will be displayed at Prairie Rest Cemetery and Downtown Delavan (weather permitting).

Delavan-Green Valley American Legion Post #382 will be serving breakfast from 6:30 to 10 a.m. at the Legion Hall, 118 E. Third St., Delavan.

PEKIN

Memorial Day service set for May 27

This Memorial Day, we honor all the fallen men and women who have served in our nation’s armed forces. Please join us as we pay special tribute to all those we’ve loved and lost.

At 9 a.m. Monday, May 27, at Prairie Haven Cemetery, 200 S. Veterans Drive, Pekin (rain or shine)

Memorial Day Message – Rev. Judy Doyle

Placing of Wreaths – Pekin Community High School JROTC 

21-Gun Salute – Tazewell Area Ceremonial Team

Taps – Blake Markum

Dove Release – Artistic Flowers

Any questions concerning this event, please call Charlie Hanley at 309-346-2176.

Memorial Day Observance Planned in Pekin

The Veterans Assistance Commission of Tazewell County will conduct a Memorial Day Observance in Pekin May 27 at River Front (park area) at 10 a.m. and at Veterans Cemetery on Route 29 at 11 a.m. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Pekin VFW Post 1232.

For more information, call Steven Saal at the Tazewell County Veterans Assistance Commission at 477-2271.

WASHINGTON

Memorial Day Honor Ceremonies Planned

The City of Washington will hold a Memorial Day parade and ceremony starting at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 27. The parade will start at West Jefferson and North Main Street 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, Peoria National and Air Guard vehicles, 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 featured speaker for the event is Colonel Daniel R McDonough, Commander of the Illinois Air National Guard’s 182nd Airlift Wing in Peoria. He is responsible for maintaining the combat readiness of eight c-130 Hercules aircraft and over 1,240 traditional and full-time IL Air Guardsmen. Colonel McDonough, is a command evaluator pilot with nearly 700 combat and combat support hours and more than 5,400 total flying hours 

Over the last decade, more than 22,000 Soldiers and Airmen from the Illinois National Guard have served overseas in places like Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Libya, Egypt and other foreign countries defending our freedom.

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 Jefferson and Main Street starting at 9 a.m. Help us fill the bus to Honor those that have made the ultimate sacrifice and all that have served and are serving in our military services today. Upon arrival at the cemetery Memorial site, we ask that all military past or present, please sit in the tent for military in front of the speaker platform. Bus riders will be returned to the starting point 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. You can also arrive at the cemetery before the parade and view the parade from inside. Bring your lawn chairs and sun umbrella, be comfortable and enjoy the Memorial Service. Cold bottle water will be available. 

Candy will be distributed to children along the parade route by scout troops, bring the kids and explain the true meaning of Memorial Day to them as they enjoy the parade.