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Memorial Day events aplenty scheduled in Southland

People gather for last year’s Memorial Day ceremony Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery Elwood. This year’s ceremony is scheduled for 11:30

People gather for last year’s Memorial Day ceremony at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood. This year’s ceremony is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Monday. | File photo

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Updated: June 26, 2014 6:20AM



Parades, processions and somber salutes to those who died while serving the country are among the events planned for the Memorial Day weekend in and around Chicago.

Here is a sampling:

Chicago

The city’s annual Memorial Day Parade is to start at noon Saturday at the corner of State and Lake streets downtown. The parade will march south to Van Buren Street. Before the parade, a wreath will be laid at 11 a.m. at the eternal flame at Daley Plaza, at Dearborn and Washington streets.

Chicago Ridge

Glen Maker American Legion Post 1160, 10739 S. Ridgeland Ave., will have its annual ceremony starting at 11 a.m. Monday at the memorial that faces Ridgeland. There will be an honor guard and keynote speaker.

Country Club Hills

The Memorial Day ceremony is slated for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at city hall, 4200 W. 183rd St. There will be a guest speaker, color guard, music, wreath-lying and more, and a light lunch will be served.

Elwood

The annual Memorial Day ceremony is slated for 11:30 a.m. Monday at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, 20953 W. Hoff Road.

Homewood

The annual parade starts at 10:30 a.m. Monday, stepping off at Dixie Highway and Chestnut Road and traveling south to Olive Road, then west to Harwood Avenue, where it will stop at Veterans Park for a ceremony.

Mokena

A memorial service is slated for 10 a.m. Monday at St. Mary’s Cemetery, 195th Street and Wolf Road, and a procession will then stop at Pioneer and St. John’s cemeteries. Local school bands will perform. Afterward, William Martin VFW Post 725, 19852 Wolf Road, will offer hot dogs and entertainment, with music provided from noon to 2:30 p.m. There will be a dedication of the post’s Memorial Wall at about 2 p.m.

Oak Forest

A ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at the veterans memorial outside city hall, 15440 S. Central Ave., according to Joe Pletzke, of the city’s veterans commission. His family and other veterans have memorabilia on display in the city hall lobby. Included is the Eisenhower jacket Pletzke wore in Vietnam, his brother’s Korean Peace Medal, and their father’s air raid warden helmet from World War II.

Oak Lawn

Oak Lawn Johnson-Phelps VFW Post 5220 will have a ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday at Oak Lawn Bible Church, 9435 W. 54th Ave. There will be a ceremony at 11 a.m. at the post, 9514 S. 52nd Ave.

Orland Park

The village’s veterans commission will host its annual Memorial Day ceremony at 1 p.m. Monday at the village’s veterans memorial at the village center, 14700 S. Ravinia Ave.

The Mobile Vets Center from the Department of Veterans Affairs will be in the parking lot from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., offering to help veterans and their families transition from military to civilian life. Staff will be present to answer questions and help veterans apply for VA health benefits.

The names of 15 area veterans have been added to Orland Park’s memorial.

Members of Orland Park Cub Scout Pack 383 and Boy Scout Troop 383 will serve as an honor guard for the veterans.

Refreshments will be served in the Orland Park Civic Center immediately after the ceremony.

For more information, call (708) 403-6115.

Tinley Park

Tinley Park will host its annual Memorial Day ceremony starting at 10 a.m. Monday at the Gen. Pat Rea Veterans Plaza at the 80th Avenue Metra train station, 18001 S. 80th Ave.

Village Trustee Dave Seaman will be the emcee. Wiley Roberts, chair of the village’s veterans commission will speak, as will Army Sgt. Tony Castillo, who served in Iraq. The Andrew High School band will play patriotic music. A battlefield cross ceremony will be held. Bremen VFW Post 2791 will provide a color guard for the ceremony, post business manager Bart Kirchner said.



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