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Memorial Day activities set throughout area

Memorial Day activities set throughout area

MAPLE PARK – The Healing Field display will have an event on Memorial Day at Kaneland High School, 37W326 Keslinger Road, Maple Park.

At noon Monday, the Healing Field Memorial Day ceremony will be at Kaneland. The event will include students and School District 302 officials, and many of those who will attend their own villages' events earlier on Monday are expected to be at the Kaneland event.

Volunteers are scheduled to start putting in the flags for the display early this morning. For information and details, visit

The display is being coordinated by Rudy Keller, Kaneland's interim athletic director. He said there will be 3,000 flags on Kaneland's campus. The flags will be up through Tuesday, and those interested are invited to check out the display.

"It'll look pretty neat," Keller said.

Other Memorial Day events in the area include:

• ELBURN: Elburn American Legion Post 630, in conjunction with Elburn Boy Scout Troop 7, will host a fundraising pancake breakfast from 7 to 9:30 a.m. Monday at the American Legion building, 112 N. Main St., Elburn. The suggested donation is $5, and children 5 and younger are free. There will be pancakes, sausages, orange juice and coffee. The observance of Memorial Day takes place at the Blackberry Township cemetery, at the corner of Route 47 and Keslinger Road. Participants will meet at 10 a.m. at Lions Park, 500 Filmore St., Elburn, and walk to the cemetery for the observance.

• GENEVA: At 3 p.m. Monday, the Kane County Veterans Assistance Commission will be conducting a ceremony at the Kane County Veterans Memorial, where the names of Rachel Carey and William Holstine will be added to the Wall of Honor. The memorial is at the Kane County Government Center, 719 S. Batavia Ave. in Geneva, on the front grounds of Building A. The guest speaker will be Col. Duane Buttell Jr., an Air Force veteran who flew combat missions in Vietnam and was awarded the Silver Star. Handicap parking and shuttle service will be available.

• MAPLE PARK: In addition to the Kaneland event, American Legion members from Post 312 in Maple Park on Monday will place American flags on the graves of service members at six Maple Park cemeteries. The honor guard and rifle squad perform a memorial service at each of the cemeteries with a 21-gun salute honoring fallen and deceased veterans.
The complete honor guard schedule is as follows:
• 9:15 a.m.: Pierce Cemetery, Pritchard Owens roads in Troxel.
• 9:30 a.m.: St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, County Line Road, Maple Park.
• 9:45 a.m.: Gardner Methodist Cemetery, Route 38, Maple Park.
• 10 a.m.: Van Vlak Cemetery, McNulty Road, Maple Park.
• 10:15 a.m.: Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery, Meredith Road, Maple Park.
• 10:30 a.m.: South Burlington Cemetery, Ramm Road, Maple Park.
• Noon at the Kaneland High School Healing Field Ceremony, 47W326 Keslinger Road, Maple Park.

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• SUGAR GROVE: The American Legion will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at Jericho Cemetery, which is on the east side of Mighell Road north of Base Line Road. Then, there will be a 9:45 a.m. ceremony at the Sugar Grove Cemetery, which is on the north side of Merrill Road, west of Bliss Road.

KANEVILLE – A service takes place at 10 a.m. at the Kaneville Community Center, 2S101 Harter Road, Kaneville. There will be a performance from band students from Kaneland Harter Middle School and a walk to the cemetery to honor those who have died in service.

• ST. CHARLES: VFW Post 503 will have its parade at 10 a.m., starting at Sixth and Main streets. It will conclude at the Freedom Shrine by the Fox River. After the proceedings, veterans, Scouts and their families are invited to the VFW Post at 311 N. Second St., suite 107, in St. Charles, for refreshments and drinks. The VFW has coffee and doughnuts from 7 to 9 a.m. each Saturday at the VFW Post. All veterans are welcome. The day kicks off at 6 a.m., with a flag raising at Baker Community Center, 101 S. Second St. Then, at 6:30 a.m., cemetery ceremonies will begin at the South Cemetery, on the east side of Seventh Avenue, north of Madison Street.

• BATAVIA: The VFW will host its ceremony at 10 a.m., featuring speaker Dale Richard. There will be a 21-gun salute. The VFW is at 645 S. River St., Batavia. The public is invited to the event.

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