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Ceremonies, parades and breakfasts planned to mark Memorial Day

BATAVIA – The Batavia Overseas Post 1197 VFW has announced that memorial bricks are available at the Veterans Memorial at the Post Home. The Veteran Memorial that was dedicated in 2001 at the VFW now has bricks purchased by veterans and their families in the walkway. Those interested in obtaining a brick can contact the Batavia VFW. Any honorably discharged U.S. veteran can purchase a brick for $75.

BATAVIA – The Batavia Overseas Post 1197 VFW and its Auxiliary, along with American Legion Post 504, will conduct the annual Batavia Memorial Day ceremonies on Monday at the VFW at 645 S. River St., Batavia. The service starts at 10 a.m., and this year’s speaker is Col. Paul Hasting, commander of the 33rd Infantry Brigade. John Heath and the Batavia High School band will provide music.

BATAVIA – The Batavia Viking Club will be holding its herring breakfast starting at 7 a.m. Monday, May 30, on the Batavia VFW grounds at 645 S.River St. Breakfast will be served rain or shine.

ELBURN – The annual Memorial Day parade is hosted by American Legion Post 630 and starts at 9 a.m. at Lions Park, 500 S. Filmore St., and ends at Blackberry Township Cemetery, Route 47 and Keslinger Road. There is a brief service at the cemetery and then a return to Lions Park for food and social events.

GENEVA – The annual Memorial Day parade will start at 10 a.m. Monday at the Geneva Train Station, 718 S. Third St., and will conclude at the West Side Cemetery at Stevens and Third streets. The parade is made up of groups honoring our fallen veterans, including the VFW, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and bands. The American Legion will host the parade.

ST. CHARLES – A Memorial Day race to benefit is set for 7:30 a.m. Monday at 14th Street and Main Street in St. Charles. Registration has begun for the Foot Mechanics Memorial Day Main Street Mile, which will run along Main Street. This race raises funds for Salute, Inc. (, which supports military service members and their families, and, which rescues military service dogs. The race features special waves for all types of runners – elite, masters, veterans, families, students – and dogs. For complete details and registration, visit

ST. CHARLES – The city of St. Charles has several activities planned for Memorial Day on Monday.
Here is the schedule of events:
• 6 a.m. – Raising of the colors at the Baker Community Center, 101 S. Second St.
• 6:30 a.m. – Ceremonies at South Cemetery (east side of Seventh Avenue north of Madison Avenue), North Cemetery (west side of Route 25 north of Johnor Avenue) and Union Cemetery (east side of Route 25 north of Stonehedge Road). This will include an honor guard, firing squad and posting of the colors.
• 10 a.m. – Memorial Day parade.
• 10:40 a.m. – Ceremony at the Freedom Shrine immediately following the parade. It is along the river north of the police department, 211 N. Riverside Ave. In the event of inclement weather, it will be moved to Fire Station No. 1, 112 N. Riverside Ave.
Veterans who would like more information or who would like to participate in the parade are encouraged to contact VFW Cmdr. Mark Powell, at 630-587-6444 or 630-329-6444. Questions can be directed to the Mayor's Office at City Hall at 630-377-4422.
Donations to support Memorial Day activities are welcomed. They can be sent to Mark Powell at the St. Charles VFW, 119 N. 3rd Street, St. Charles, IL 60174. Checks should be made out to “VFW Post #5036.”

SUGAR GROVE – The Sugar Grove American Legion will honor deceased veterans on Monday at both the Jericho and Sugar Grove cemeteries. The Jericho ceremony begins at 8:30 a.m. at the cemetery, which is on the east side of Mighell Road, north of Base Line Road. The Sugar Grove Cemetery ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m. at the cemetery, which is on the north side of Merrill Road, west of Bliss Road. Cub Scout Pack 347 will also be in attendance at the Sugar Grove Cemetery. The Legion Honor Guard will be escorted by The Sons of the American Legion and Legion Riders.

SUGAR GROVE – Sugar Grove American Legion Post 1271 has planned an all-you-can-eat Memorial Day breakfast buffet from 9 a.m. to noon Monday at the American Legion Banquet Hall, 65 First St., Sugar Grove. The cost is $9 for adults and $6 for children younger than 12. It is free for veterans. For information, call 630-466-9700.

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