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Memorial Day programs set across area

Craig Wolfe, a Navy veteran who severed from 1965 to 1968, salutes the Navy flag as they post it during a Memorial Day service in 2011 at the Rock Falls American Legion.
Craig Wolfe, a Navy veteran who severed from 1965 to 1968, salutes the Navy flag as they post it during a Memorial Day service in 2011 at the Rock Falls American Legion.

Military members will be recognized at Memorial Day services across the Sauk Valley. All are on Monday, except for the Amboy American Legion cemetery services:

Ashton: American Legion Post 345 service, 10 a.m at the Mills and Petrie Memorial Building, 704 N. First St. Bob Chadwick of Rochelle will speak; Troy Mayers and Kayla Colwell, AFC High School American Legion award winners, will give the Gettsyburg Address and a roll of honor, and the Community Choir will perform. Afterward, two monuments will be dedicated at Ashton Cemetery in honor of veterans, a firing squad will salute the dead, taps will be played and a wreath will be placed at the memorial statue.

Amboy: 9 a.m. Sunday, Amboy American Legion Post 453 service at Prairie Repose Cemetery with the Rev. Gene Blank, then 10:30 a.m. a service at Woodside Cemetery in Lee Center, with the Rev. Jack Briggs of First Congregational Church in Lee Center.

Also 10 a.m. Monday at Amboy Veterans Park, Division Street and East Avenue, Air Force Col. Kevin Anderson (Ret.) of La Moille will speak, the colors will be presented, Amboy High students will read the Gettysburg Address, the high school band will perform, taps will be played and Legion members will present a rifle salute.

Byron: 10 a.m. parade from West Second Street at Neighbors Rehabilitation Center to Byron Cemetery on Fifth Street for ceremonies.

Chadwick and Milledgeville: 9:30 a.m., Chadwick Junior High gym, 19 School St. The Rev. Terry Komrska, a veteran, will speak, colors will be posted, taps will be played, and there will be a rifle salute.

Dixon: 9:15 a.m. American Legion Post 12 service at the Riverfront, then the parade will head to Oakwood Cemetery for 10 a.m. services, followed by an open house at the post, 1120 W. First St.

Veterans Memorial Park will be staffed by a guide from noon to 4 p.m. to assist visitors.

Franklin Grove: American Legion Altenberg Post 497 parade, 1:30 p.m. at Legion Hall, 139 N. Elm St., down Middle Street to State Street, to the cemetery, with a stop to place flowers at a war memorial in Flat Iron Park. At the cemetery, there will be speakers, patriotic songs, a rifle salute, flowers placed on graves, an invocation and benediction by Legion chaplain Delbert Schafer, the Pledge of Allegiance, a firing squad salute and taps.

Lanark: Free breakfast, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Eastland High School, followed by 10 a.m. services at Lanark Cemetery, state Route 64, with speaker Carroll County Sheriff Jeff Doran, a color guard and firing squad, taps, the Eastland High School band, a recognition of Gold Star Mothers and a reading of Gen. Logan’s address. Also, six new service flags and flagpoles will be dedicated in honor of Lanark veteran Ernie Barnes.

Morrison: Morrison American Legion parade, 10:30 a.m. at Main and Madison, down Main to Genesee to Grove Hill Cemetery, where Andrea Allen, wife of a Navy SEAL, will speak, colors will be posted, taps played, and there will be a wreath presentation and rifle salute. The Legion also will host an open house and luncheon for veterans and their families.

Manlius: 10 a.m. services at Mullin Memorial Park; bring lawn chairs.

Mount Morris: American Legion Post 143, 10 a.m. program at the Mount Morris Campus Band Shell, Wesley Avenue and Main Street. Silver Star and Purple Heart recipient Doug Wean will speak; there will be a reading of the Gettysburg Address and “In Flanders Fields,” the Mount Morris Fire Protection District Color Guard will present the colors, accompanied by a Legion member, and there will be a singer. 

The program concludes at 11 a.m. at the American Legion’s Veterans Memorial Fountain on campus, where the names of deceased Mount Morris veterans will be read and wreaths will be placed, there will be a firing squad, a benediction, and taps.

A free potluck follows from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the Mount Morris Moose Lodge, 101 Moose Drive. Sandwiches will be provided; bring a dish to pass.

Ohio: 10 a.m. at the Ohio school gym, 103 Memorial St., where the Rev. Gene Vincent of Ohio Lutheran Church will speak, then participants will walk to Union Cemetery to put flowers on veterans’ graves, and there will be a prayer and taps. A similar ceremony follows at St. Mary’s Cemetery north of Ohio.

Also, Immaculate Conception Church will celebrate Mass at 8 a.m., followed by a rosary at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Oregon: Oregon Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8739’s parade begins at 10 a.m., featuring the VFW, American Legion Post 97, Oregon High School band, Brownie Scout Troop 374 and Boy Scout Troop 52. A ceremony will be held from 10:15 to 11 a.m. at Riverside Cemetery on North Fourth Street, with an invocation by Ret. Gen. Bruce Vanderkolk, an address by John Tuttle, commander and chaplain of the 6th District and the Post, and a Salute to Departed Veterans by the American Legion and the VFW.

A potluck dinner follows at the VFW; call Cmdr. Richard Day, 815-732-4477, with questions. 

Paw Paw: Pancake breakfast, 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Paw Paw Community Building, 632 Chicago Road.

Polo: The parade will kick off on Mason Street, between Green and Jefferson streets, between 9:15 and 9:30 a.m., head west on Mason to Division Street/state Route 26, then north on Division to Fairmount Cemetery. All area veterans are invited to participate; a trailer will be available for those who cannot or don’t want to walk in the parade.

Prophetstown/Lyndon: Prophetstown American Legion and Boy and Girl Scouts, 9 a.m. ceremony at Lyndon Cemetery on Moline Road. The colors will be posted, there will be a rifle salute, and the Prophetstown Junior High and High School band will perform. At 10 a.m. at Eclipse Square, former Cedar Rapids, Iowa, weatherman Denny Frary of Prophetstown will speak. There will be a tribute to veterans, including those who died this past year, at both sites.

Rock Falls: Rock Falls American Legion Post 902 will assemble at 8:45 a.m. at the lower dam, ladies will place flowers in the Rock River, there will be a rifle salute and taps, followed by a 10:30 a.m. ceremony at Coloma Township Cemetery, 403 Haskell Ave., where Mayor Bill Wescott will speak.

Sterling: 11 a.m. at Grandon Civic Center, Scott Harker with the 1644th Transportation Co. will speak, the Sterling High School band will play and the Civil Air Patrol will fold the flag.

Sublette: Amboy American Legion Post 453 ceremony, 11 a.m. at the veterans memorial at Ellis Dinges Center on West Street. Kevin Anderson will be speak, the colors will be raised, and there will be a rifle salute and taps.

Tampico: Tampico American Legion Post 574 service, 10 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, a salute and taps, then on to Tampico Memorial Cemetery for a salute and taps.

Walnut: Walnut American Legion Post 179 program, 11 a.m. at Walnut Cemetery. Gary McMullen will MC, the Walnut Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts will give the Pledge of Allegiance, the Rev. Thomas Shaw of St. John’s Catholic Church will give the invocation, acting Walnut Mayor Dennis Grobe will give the welcome, Jerry Fairbanks will give the memorial address, Josh Monier will present the Gettysburg Address and Ellen Johnson will say the soldier’s prayer. Legion membership awards will be presented to Johnnie Fritz, Neil Stiver Jr. and Albert Jacobs; and music will be provided by Derek Grant of Durant, Iowa, and the Bureau Valley North band. The Legion Color Guard and the Scouts will march at 10:30 a.m. downtown through the Avenue of Flags.

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