A look at the Tri-Cities area's list of Memorial Day events and ceremonies, set for Monday, May 27:
BATAVIA – Batavia VFW Post 1197 will host its annual Memorial Day ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday, May 27, at the Hangar, 645 S. River St., Batavia. The keynote speaker will be Army Chief Warrant Officer Ty Simmons. The event also will include singer Glynis Gilio, the reading of Logan’s orders by Marmion Cadet Andrew Graves, Patriot’s Pen winner Addie Bobosky and Batavia High School bugle players Ben Rudy and Jorden Berendt. The community is invited to attend. For information, call the VFW at 630-879-9630.
ELBURN – Participants for Elburn's Memorial Day ceremony should meet at 9 a.m. Monday, May 27, at Lions Park, 500 S. Filmore St., Elburn. Those gathered will walk to the Blackberry Township Cemetery, which is at Route 47 and Keslinger Road. There will be ceremonies, a performance by the Kaneland High School band, and a reading of veterans' names by Karen Howard. Village President Dave Anderson will give a speech. Taps will be performed. Afterward, there will be a social gathering at the legion hall, 112 N. Main St., Elburn.
GENEVA – The Kane County Veterans Assistance Commission has planned a Memorial Day ceremony at 3 p.m. Monday, May 27, at the Kane County Veterans Memorial at 719 S. Batavia Ave., Geneva. It is on the front grounds of building A in the Kane County Government Center. The guest speaker will be Doc Sheehan, an Air Force veteran who served in Vietnam.
GENEVA – The Men's Club at Geneva United Methodist Church, 211 Hamilton St., Geneva, will host its 60th Memorial Day pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. on Monday, May 27. All proceeds from the breakfast, which typically draws about 1,300 diners, will go to a variety of charities, including Lazarus and Hessed House shelters, The Salvation Army Food Pantry, Tri-City Services and many others. The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 12 and younger.
KANEVILLE – Participants will meet at 10 a.m. Monday, May 27, at the Kaneville community center, 2S101 Harter Road, Kaneville. Veterans will be recognized at a ceremony.
MAPLE PARK – Maple Park American Legion Post 312 has planned Memorial Day services. Services take place Monday, May 27, at six Maple Park cemeteries. Members will place American flags on the graves of service members. The post chaplain will recite a prayer, and the rifle squad will fire three volleys of seven rifles over the graves of veterans. • At 9:15 a.m. there will be a ceremony at Pierce Cemetery, Pritchard and Owens roads, in Troxel. • At 9:30 a.m., a ceremony takes place at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery on County Line Road, Maple Parkk. • At 9:45 a.m., a ceremony takes place at Gardner Methodist Cemetery on Route 38, Maple Park. • At 10 a.m., a ceremony takes place at Van Vlak Cemetery on McNulty Road, Maple Park. • At 10:15 a.m., a ceremony will be at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery on Meredith Road, Maple Park. • At 10:30 a.m., a ceremony is at South Burlington Cemetery, Ramm Road, Maple Park. A flag ceremony takes place at 11:15 a.m. at the post home, 203 Main St., Maple Park. At 11:30 a.m., State Rep. Robert Pritchard, R-Hinckley, will speak.
ST. CHARLES – The city of St. Charles will celebrate Memorial Day with official ceremonies and a parade, according to a city news release. In the release, Mayor Ray Rogina invited everyone to participate to show veterans and their families true appreciation. “Memorial Day services are a meaningful tribute for those service men and women who have given us so much,” he said in the release. Memorial Day is May 27. Here is the schedule of activities: • 6 a.m. – Flag raising at Baker Community Center, 101 S. Second St. • 6:30 a.m. – Cemetery ceremonies at South Cemetery on the east side of Seventh Avenue north of Madison Avenue; at North Cemetery on the west side of Route 25 north of Johnor Avenue; and at Union Cemetery on the east side of Route 25 north of Stonehedge Road. • 10 a.m. – Parade, which steps off at Sixth and Main streets and continues to Riverside Avenue. • 10:45 a.m. – Memorial ceremony at the Freedom Shrine along the river west of the St. Charles Police Department, 211 N. Riverside Ave. In the event of inclement weather, it will be held inside St. Charles Fire Station 1, 112 N. Riverside Ave. Contact Mark Powell, Veterans of Foreign Wars officer, at 630-587-6444 for information.
SUGAR GROVE – The Sugar Grove Memorial Day observance will begin at 9 a.m. Monday, May 27, when Sugar Grove American Legion members leave from the building at 65 First St., Sugar Grove and head to Jericho Cemetery, which is on the east side of Mighell Road, north of Base Line Road. From there, they will head to the Sugar Grove Cemetery, which is on the north side of Merrill Road, west of Bliss Road, arriving at approximately 10 a.m. for the color guard. The public is encouraged to attend at either location as well as accompany the legion on the route. Cars, bikes and trucks are welcome. There will not be a Memorial Day breakfast this year. For information, or to volunteer, call 630-466-9700.