Park District of Oak Park

Memorial Day Ceremony


Memorial Day Ceremony

Monday, May 25, 2015 at 9am

Peace Triumphant Statue in Scoville Park
located at the Corner of Lake Street and Oak Park Avenue
Oak Park, IL

All veterans, their families, and all residents are invited to attend this Memorial Day Ceremony honoring America’s service members.

Memorial Day had its origin in Decoration Day, a day designated in 1868 to honor the memory of the 360,000 Union soldiers and sailors who died during the War to Save the Union. Sen. Don Harmon, Village President Anan Abu-Taleb, and Virginia Cassin will participate in the opening ceremonies. Remarks by Brian Flora (U. S. Army, Vietnam, 1969-72) will focus on how our nation, 150 years ago, mourned the death of President Abraham Lincoln who served as a symbol for all of our fallen service members.

The History Singers, John and Kathryn Atwood, will lead patriotic singing. Bugler John Borland, in a Civil War uniform, will play the solemn bugle call, “Taps,” which was written in 1862 during the Union’s Peninsular Campaign in Virginia. It was written by General Daniel Butterfield, with help from his bugler, Oliver W. Norton. Officers from the Oak Park Police Department Honor Guard will form a color guard and present a rifle salute. The Memorial Day Commemoration is being planned by Virginia Cassin of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park, Mike Grandy, Diane Stanke and John Borland of the Park District of Oak Park, Heather Lindstrom of the Oak Park Arms, Debby Preiser of the Oak Park Public Library and Brian Flora, who retired to Oak Park with his wife after a 37-year overseas career with the U. S. Department of State.

PLEASE NOTE: The start time for the Memorial Day ceremonies is 9am because of the 10am start of the Memorial Day Parade in River Forest.


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218 Madison St., Oak Park, Il 60302
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