Area Memorial Day observations, all on Monday unless otherwise noted.
• Amboy/Lee Center/Sublette – Amboy American Legion ceremonies: Sunday, 9 a.m. Sunday at Prairie Repose Cemetery in Amboy; 10:30 a.m. at Woodside Cemetery in Lee Center; Monday:, 10 a.m. at Amboy Veterans Park; 11 a.m. at Veterans Park at Ellice Dinges Center in Sublette; and noon at Woodhaven Lakes in Sublette.
• Ashton – American Legion Post 345 ceremony begins at 10 a.m. at Mills and Petrie Building, 704 N. First St. Vietnam Navy veteran Doug Wean will speak, and, weather permitting, a color guard will march to Ashton Cemetery on Midway Road for a rifle salute and taps.
• Chadwick/Milledgeville – Chadwick and Milledgeville American Legion posts, 9:30 a.m. at Chadwick Junior High School, 15 School St. Army Reserve Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Hobis from the Rock Island Arsenal will speak, the high school choir and band will perform, and there will be a presentation of colors, a rifle salute and taps.
• Dixon – American Legion Post 12 will lay a wreath at the riverfront at 9:30 a.m., followed at 10 a.m. by a parade to Oakwood Cemetery, East Fourth Street and South Dement Avenue, where retired Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Randy Hardin will speak and the Marine Corps League will give a 21-gun salute.
Afterward, VFW Post 540 will have a program at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, 1121 N. Galena Ave., followed by an open houses at the VFW, 1560 state Route 38, and the Legion hall, 1120 W. First St. Lunch at noon at the Legion; meat will be provided, bring a dish to pass.
The Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home, 810 S. Hennepin Ave., will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free to active duty military members, law enforcement, and firefighters, $8 for adults, $5 for veterans and for children 5 to 12, and free for children younger than 5.
• Erie – A parade, featuring music by the Blackhawk Pipes and Drums group, begins at 10 a.m. at 802 Main St., travels to Erie Cemetery, where Rock River Barbershoppers will sing and retired Vietnam Army Capt. William Albracht will speak. If it rains, the ceremony moves to the old Erie High School gym, 616 Sixth St.
• Franklin Grove – A parade begins at 1:30 p.m. at American Legion Post 497, 139 N. Elm St., travels to the Veterans War Memorial in Flat Iron Park, where flowers will be placed, then to Emmert Cemetery, 342 state Route 38, where state Rep. Tom Demmer, R-Dixon, will speak, the national anthem will be played, flowers will be placed and there will be a rifle salute and taps.
• Lanark – A free breakfast for veterans and their spouses will be served at 7 a.m. at Eastland Junior-Senior High School, 500 S. School Drive.
A service starts at 10 a.m. at the veterans memorial in Lanark Cemetery, state Route 64 and Southeast Lanark Avenue, or at the high school if it rains. Army Maj. Frederick A. Hauser, commanding surgeon from the Rock Island Arsenal, will speak, the Eastland High School band will perform, colors will be presented, and there will be a rifle salute and taps.
• Morrison – A parade starts at 10:30 a.m. on Main Street between Madison and Bartlett streets, and ends at Grove Hill Cemetery, where the Rev. Rich Davis will give the invocation and Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Lori Matlak will speak. Afterward, all are invited to the American Legion Hall, 611 N. Genesee St.
• Mount Carroll – Someone from the Rock Island Arsenal will speak at 10 a.m. at West Carroll Middle School, 633 S. East St., followed by a ceremony to honor those who died in the Civil War at the monument at Carroll County Courthouse, 301 N. Main St. Wreaths will be placed, the colors presented, and taps played.
Afterward, a wreath will be dropped from the Route 78 bridge into the Waukarusha River for those who died at sea, with a 21-gun salute and tap. Service members will return to the courthouse and ride on a trailer to Oak Hill Cemetery for a 21-gun salute and taps.
• Mount Morris – American Legion Post 143’s ceremony begins at 10 a.m. at the Mount Morris Campus bandshell, Wesley Avenue and Main Street. Legion Cmdr. Stan Ballard will speak, the Gettysburg Address and “In Flanders Fields” will be read, Nellie Winters will sing and the colors will be presented.
At 11 a.m., the names of dead Mount Morris veterans will be read and wreaths will be placed at the Legion’s Veterans Memorial, also on the campus. There will be a rifle salute, a benediction, and taps. (The service will begin at 10 a.m. at the Mount Morris Moose Lodge, 101 Moose Drive, if it rains.) A potluck follows from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the Moose. Sandwiches will be provided; bring a dish to pass.
• Ohio – Mass will be celebrated at 8 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 103 N. Main St., followed by the reciting of the rosary at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, 1 mile north of Ohio on Base Line Road.
• Oregon – The Oregon VFW and Oregon American Legion will place wreaths at 9 a.m. at the World War I memorial on the east side of the Ogle County Courthouse, and at 9:15 a.m. at the new veterans memorial on the north side.
A tribute to POW and MIA soldiers begins at 9:20 a.m., and a parade will step off at 9:30 a.m. for a 10 a.m. service at Riverside Cemetery on North Third Street. A potluck will follow at the VFW, 1310 W. Washington St. Bring a dish to pass. If it rains, the service will be at the VFW.
• Polo – Participants are asked to gather between 8:45 and 9 a.m. for a parade that begins at 9:30 a.m. at Mason and Green streets. Veterans are welcome to march; a trailer will carry those who can’t walk. The parade will travel to Fairmount Cemetery for a Memorial Day ceremony.
• Prophetstown/Lyndon – Prophetstown and Lyndon American Legions will have a service at 9 a.m. at Lyndon Cemetery, followed at 10 a.m. by a service at Eclipse Square Veterans Memorial Park in Prophetstown. Girl and Boy Scouts will read the Gettysburg Address, retired Army Capt. Dave Hage will speak and there will be a color guard, a rifle salute and taps.
• Rochelle – Roberts Armory World War II Museum, 2090 Brush Grove Road, will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. Artifacts from World War II, including tanks, trucks and cannons will be on display. Admission is free.
• Rock Falls – Bowes In-Home Care is providing a free picnic for veterans and their families from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at Centennial Park, Avenue D and East 11th Street. Food will be provided by Buffalo Wild Wings, Applebee’s, Walmart, Kroger, SBM, and Triple P BBQ.
At 9 a.m. Monday, the Rock Falls and Sterling American Legions will place a wreath in the Rock River at the Lower Dam. A service begins at 10:30 a.m. at Coloma Township Cemetery, where Mayor Bill Wescott and Rock Falls American Legion Cmdr. Mark Treveer will speak, the national anthem will be played, and there will be a rifle salute and wreath-laying.
• Savanna – A program will run from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at West Carroll Primary School, 2215 Wacker Road. The Men of Calvary will sing the national anthem, Korean War veteran Curtis Pilgrim will give the address, and VFW Post 2223 Cmdr. Mike Raleigh and American Legion Post 148 Cmdr. Paul Mayer will place a wreath and read a roll call of veterans who died in the past year. There will be a rifle salute, taps, and Men of Calvary will sing “God Bless America.”
• Shannon – A video tribute to Shannon veterans begins at 9:30 a.m. in the gym at Eastland Elementary School, 601 S. Chestnut St, At 10 a.m., American Legion Post 379 Legionnaires and Auxiliary members will lead a processional into the gym. “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” will be performed, and Boy and Girl Scouts will post the colors and lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
The Rev. Tim Lehman of Shannon Baptist Church will lead the invocation, auxiliary member Jeri Taggs will place a wreath, the Rev. Michael Jones of Shannon Bethel United Methodist Church will speak, Shannon Baptist’s orchestra will perform, and there will be a 21-gun salute and taps.
• Sterling – Dick Cox, past commander of American Legion Post 296, will give the welcome at 11 a.m. at Grandon Civic Center, where the Legion Color Guard will post the colors, the Whiteside County Civil Air Patrol will lead the Pledge of Allegiance, and the Sterling High School a capella choir will sing the national anthem.
Maya Reter of Sterling High School will read Gen. John Logan’s Orders Maj. Michael R. Barton, former commander of the 1644th Transportation Unit of the Army National Guard will speak, a wreath will be placed, and there will be a rifle salute and taps.
• Tampico – American Legion Post 574 and the Tampico Area Historical Society’s ceremony begins at 10 a.m. at St. Mary Cemetery on Benton Street, where the names of veterans buried there will be read, and the colors will be presented. The same ceremony follows at Tampico Memorial Cemetery on state Route 172, for all veterans buried in the memorial cemetery and Yorktown Cemetery.
• Thomson –The American Legion will have flag ceremonies at 9 and 9:15 a.m. at Lower York Cemetery, and at 9:30 a.m. at Upper York Cemetery in Argo Fay, followed by a ceremony at 11:30 a.m. at the veterans memorial on the south side of Thomson. Kris Yingling, a teacher at West Carroll Primary School in Savanna who raised funds for and chaperoned an Honor Flight, will speak.
• Walnut – The Walnut American Legion’s program will feature a parade of Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and other groups led by bagpiper Derek Grant of Durant, Iowa. The parade begins at 10:45 a.m. at the Walnut Veterans Memorial and ends at to the Walnut cemetery, where there will be a presentation of the colors at 11 a.m., followed by a program featuring Melissa Jackson, Village President Dennis Grobe, and retired Army Lt. Col. Rex Piper of Princeton. The Revs. Brian Moore and Brian Heller will deliver opening and closing remarks.