ST. CHARLES – St. Charles will host a number of Memorial Day activities on May 27 as a way to show respect for those who have given their lives in service to our country and thank local veterans.
“There are nearly 25,000 veterans in Kane County,” St. Charles Mayor Ray Rogina said in a news release from the city of St. Charles. “We always have a tremendous outpouring of community support for our servicemen and women at our Memorial Day events and look forward to seeing everyone once again as we recognize all those who have served our nation.”
The following is a schedule of events for the day:
• 6 a.m. – Flag Raising and Cemetery Ceremonies
The ceremony begins at Baker Community Center, 101 S. 2nd St., with Boy Scouts posting colors, Honor Guard and an honorary gun salute. Boy Scout Troops will then lead Flag Ceremonies beginning at the South Cemetery (east side of 7th Avenue, north of Madison Avenue), continue on to the North Cemetery (west side of Route 25/5th Avenue, north of Johnor Avenue), then conclude at the Union Cemetery (east side of IL 25/5th Avenue north of Stonehedge Road).
• 10:00 a.m. – Parade
The parade steps off at 6th and Main streets, and continues to Riverside Ave. Groups that want to march in the parade can go to stcharlesil.gov and download and submit a registration form.
Main Street will be closed from 7th Street to 5th Avenue (Route 25) during the parade. Parking on the Main Street Bridge will be prohibited from 7 to 11 a.m. Vehicles parked on the bridge during those times will be ticketed and towed.
Parking also will be prohibited on State Avenue between Riverside Avenue and North 4th Avenue to accommodate parade vehicles exiting the parade route. Motorists who need to cross the Fox River are encouraged to use either the Illinois Street Bridge or the Red Gate Bridge.
A number of streets will be closed to allow for the staging of parade units beginning at 8 a.m.:
• Walnut Street from South 4th Street to South 7th Street
• South 4th Street from Main Street to Illinois Street
• South 5th Street from Main Street to Illinois Street
• South 6th Street from Main Street to Illinois Street
• 10:45 a.m. – Memorial Service
A special memorial service will immediately follow the parade at the Freedom Shrine along the river, west of the St. Charles Police Department, 211 N. Riverside Ave. In the case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held inside the St. Charles Fire Station 1, at 112 N. Riverside Ave.
The Memorial Service is led by Event Coordinator Lt. Colonel Mark Powell, (Ret.), and will include St. Charles Mayor Ray Rogina reading the annual proclamation, a keynote address from St. Charles Veteran and fireman Andrew Perry, and taps played by resident Jim Stombres, former band director for St. Charles North High School.
• 11:30 a.m. – Veteran Luncheon & Community Picnic
A free veterans luncheon, “Ron’s Italian Feast,” will be served to VFW Post members and family at Club Arcada, 105 E. Main Street, 2nd floor. (Handicap-accessible lobby elevator). Seating limited to 120.
In addition, there will be a free community picnic at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main Street, main floor and free patriotic face painting by Grin and Wear It!