Since our nation’s beginning 241 years ago, more than 1.1 million sons and daughters have died in wars. Those deaths have touched generations and are why we commemorate a special day for the fallen on Memorial Day. One way to honor the fallen on Memorial Day is to fly the flag at half-staff until noon, and then raise it to the top until sunset.
In 2016, 38 million people took flight on Memorial Day weekend, and this year could be just as busy. If you plan to stay close to home, the Chicagoland and Milwaukee area has lots of events and activities to offer, here are three parade and memorial ceremonies:
Chicago Memorial Day Parade: The parade on Saturday, May 27th honors all the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country. A wreath laying ceremony begins at 11 am at Daley Plaza at Dearborn and Washington. The parade begins at 12 pm at State and Lake, following State Street to Van Buren. Here is a list of parades around the Chicagoland suburbs.
Milwaukee Memorial Day Parade: The 152nd Annual Milwaukee Memorial Day Parade and ceremony kicks off at 2 pm at 4th WI. Ave and goes east to the War Memorial Center. Following the parade, a wreath laying ceremony for POW/MIA will be held at the Reflecting Pool on Fitch Plaza (2nd level).
New Buffalo Memorial Day Parade: If you are visiting or live near beautiful Harbor Country, visit New Buffalo’s annual tribute to Veterans. The parade leaves downtown at 10 am on May 29th and follows US-12 to the cemetery where a memorial service is conducted.