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St. Charles prepares for Memorial Day parade

ST. CHARLES – Memorial Day in St. Charles will offer several chances for citizens to show their respect for the troops who gave their lives in service to the United States.

Memorial Day is May 27.

Activities are a 6 a.m. flag-raising ceremony at Baker Community Center; ceremonies at South, North and Union cemeteries beginning at 6:30 a.m.; and a memorial ceremony beginning at about 10:45 a.m. It is to immediately follow the parade downtown, which is set to begin at 10 a.m.

Because of the parade, Main Street between Seventh Street and Fifth Avenue will be closed from 9:45 to about 11 a.m.

The St. Charles Police Department encourages motorists to use the suggested route of Seventh Street, Illinois Street, Illinois Avenue and Fifth Avenue. Police and Emergency Management personnel will provide traffic assistance along the parade route.

The parade is set to step off of Sixth Street traveling east on Main Street to Riverside Avenue, where it will turn north and continue to the Freedom Shrine north of the St. Charles Police Department, 211 N. Riverside Ave. The shrine will be the site of the memorial ceremony; in case of inclement weather, it will be moved to St. Charles Fire Station 1, 112 N. Riverside Ave.

The following streets will be closed at 8 a.m. to allow for staging of parade units:

• Walnut Street from South Fourth to South Seventh streets.

• South Fourth Street from Main to Illinois streets.

• South Fifth Street from Main to Illinois streets.

• South Sixth Street from Main to Illinois streets.

Parking will be prohibited on the Main Street Bridge from 8 to 11 a.m.

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