Area towns plan variety of Memorial Day events
CHAMPAIGN — American Legion Post 24 is sponsoring a Memorial Day service at 2 p.m. Monday at Mount Hope Cemetery, 611 E. Pennsylvania Ave. The "address of the day" will be by guest speaker Wayne Wagner, state commander of the American Legion, Department of Illinois.
The program will include Lincoln's Gettysburg Address by Marty Zvonar, and General Logan's Order presented by Chuck Zelinsky, past commander of Post 24. The national anthem and "God Bless America" will be sung with audience participation, and the placing of the memorial wreaths, rifle salute, taps played and a salute to the colors will end the program. Refreshments will be offered at Post 24, 705 Bloomington Road, C, after the service.
Other Memorial Day ceremony/event listings that were submitted to The News-Gazette (if yours was not submitted, please add it in the comments at the end of this story):
Services conducted by Albert Parker American Legion Post 620 on Sunday:
— Hammond Cemetery, 12:30 p.m.
— Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Bement Township Cemetery, Bement, 1 p.m.
— St. Joseph Cemetery, Ivesdale, 1 p.m.
Services conducted by American Legion Byron A. Hickerson Post 432 of Buckley on Monday:
— Lisk Cemetery, rural Thawville, 9:30 a.m.
— Ash Grove cemetery, rural Buckley, 10 a.m., by the Legion's honor guard. The speaker at the ceremony will be the Rev. Steve Anderson from the Loda United Methodist Church.
— Woodland/St. John's Cemetery, 10:30 a.m., honoring the area's deceased veterans.
Immediately after the 10:30 a.m. service, refreshments will be served by the American Legion Auxiliary of Buckley at the legion post, 313 S. Walnut St. In case of rain, the services will be at the Legion post.
Services conducted by Cerro Gordo American Legion Post 117, Auxiliary, Unit, Juniors, and Sons of the American Legion at 9 a.m. Monday at the grave of the last deceased veteran of the cemeteries served, beginning at Peck, Cross, West Frantz, East Frantz, LaPlace and finally at Cerro Gordo at 11 a.m. A potluck dinner for those involved in the ceremony will be at 11:30 a.m. at the Legion post.
Croninger Cemetery. Services 11:30 a.m. Monday, conducted by Cisco American Legion Post 118, followed by a community potluck at noon at the post home.
Village park. Service 9 a.m. Monday, conducted by Cissna Park American Legion Post 527. Includes a message from the Rev. Silas Montgomery, pastor of Christian Bible Church south of Cissna Park, and an appearance by the Legion's drill team, "Taps" played and a salute to the dead. Afterward, the American Legion Auxiliary will serve coffee and donuts at the Legion home, 124 S. Second St.
— A Salute to Veterans Concert. 980 WITY Radio will present Danville High School's 17th Annual Salute to Veterans Concert at 12:05 p.m. Saturday and at 9:05 a.m. Monday. This concert was recorded May 16 in the Dick Van Dyke Auditorium. Tune into 980 AM or listen to the program online at wityradio.com.
— Memorial Day Kennekuk Road Runners VA 5K Run/Walk. 9 a.m. Monday at Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System campus, 1900 E. Main St., Danville. Race-day registration, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. All proceeds donated to the VA for veterans. Contact Dave at 443-0842; online registration at http://www.active.com.
— National Cemetery at the Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System, Danville. Ceremony at 10:45 a.m. Monday, coordinated by The Veterans Service Council.
— Danville National Veterans Cemetery, 2000 E. Main St., Danville. Memorial Day Ceremony and music by the Danville Municipal Band at 11 a.m. Monday. 597-1955.
Goose Creek cemetery. Services conducted by DeLand American Legion Post 102 at 11 a.m. Monday.
Central Illinois Honor Flight Memorial Day Fundraiser. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Effingham Knights of Columbus Hall, 1501 W. Fayette Ave. Live musical tribute, "Song of the Soldier," 3 p.m.; tickets $14; 12 and younger/military and veterans, $8. Call 540-2788 or go to http://www.theepc.org. Meal: boneless pork chop, fried chicken or hot dog; prices $8, adults; 12 and younger, $5; World War II veterans, free. Drive-thru carry-outs available, call 343-3915 or 844-2401.
Ceremonies conducted jointly by Fisher AmVets Post No. 52 and Patriarchs Militant of Illinois Services on Monday:
— Willowbrook Cemetery, 1/8-mile south on U.S. 136 on County Road 600 E., southeast of Fisher, 1 p.m.
— Mount Hope Cemetery, west of Illinois 47, north of Foosland, 2 p.m.
— Shiloh Church Cemetery just west of Illinois 47 near the church between Fisher and Mahomet, 3 p.m.
The units will form at 12:45 p.m. for the first ceremony at Willowbrook Cemetery. If participating with the units, people are asked to come in uniform. All the services are open to the public. Call AmVets Post No. 52 for information at 897-6265.
Veterans Monument, Georgetown Cemetery. 11 a.m. Monday, hosted by Georgetown American Legion Post 203. A flag raising and salute will take place, Matt Filicsky will speak, oratory and prayer, followed by music by Bethel Baptist Church Choir. Seven members of the post representing WWII and the Korean War Conflict will be introduced. "Taps" played by Aaron Thompson. The ladies of the post auxiliary will place their wreath at the monument. Patriotic songs near the end of the ceremony. Joe Readenour of Moweaqua will play bagpipes to end the services. Barbecue sandwiches and chips provided by the Post 203 Auxiliary at the Legion Hall Club Room.
— Drummer Township Cemetery, Gibson City. Parade kick off, 10 a.m. Monday in front of the former Moyer District Library building, then south on Sangamon Avenue and continues to the cemetery for services at Drummer Creek Veterans Memorial at 10:30 a.m. Ceremony features the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School Marching Falcons, Steve Anderson singing a musical selection and speaker will be a past state commander for the Legion.
— Following the ceremonies in Gibson City, the Legion will travel to Elliott Cemetery, Elliott, for the services there at about 11:30 a.m.
— In case of inclement weather, services will be at the American Legion post in Gibson City.
Hammond Cemetery. Services will be sponsored by the Hammond United Methodist Church at 9 a.m. Sunday. The Rev. Linda Peyla will lead the service. Everyone is welcome. Bring chairs.
Pine Ridge Cemetery, north edge of town. Ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday, hosted by Loda American Legion Post 503. Includes a dedication of deceased veterans, Post 503 color guard, Ron Dudley, commander of the Loda Legion post, will speak, and the honor roll read of all departed members of the military from Loda Township. The oldest person on the list was a veteran of the War of 1812.
Riverside Cemetery, Ceremony 11 a.m. Monday, conducted by Mahomet American Legion Post 1015. Members of the American Legion and Ladies Auxiliary will salute their fallen comrades and ask Mahomet citizens to pause and remember America's fallen sons and daughters. Bring your own lawn chairs. Afterward, refreshments at the post home on Main Street. If rain occurs, ceremony will be at the post home.
Services conducted by Kelso M. Garver American Legion Post 650 on Sunday:
— Blue Ridge Cemetery (north cemetery), northwest of Mansfield, 1 p.m.
— Mansfield Cemetery (south cemetery), south of Mansfield, 1:30 p.m.
Melvin Cemetery. Service at 10 a.m. Monday. Opening address by the Rev. John Brennan of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Melvin, music by GCMS High band and chamber choir, roll call of deceased veterans read by Larry Dueringer. Refreshments served at Melvin Community Hall, Main Street, after the service. In the event of rain, the service will be at the community hall.
— Saturday at the Studio Series. 10 a.m. to noon Saturday,at Monticello Area Arts Council, 224 E. Livingston, Monticello. Nicholas Walsh, educator and historian, presents "Exploring the Western Front: An Interpretive Tour of Memorials and Battlefields of the Great War," a narrative of his visit toWorld War I sites in Belgium and France through contemporary and historical media. Refreshments follow. Free.
— Soldiers Circle, Monticello Cemetery. Tribute at 10 a.m. Monday, conducted by American Legion Post 102. The Monticello Color Guard will pay tribute to the deceased veterans of all wars.
Onarga, Gilman, Danforth
Services are scheduled for Monday; the Iroquois West High band will perform at each service.
— In Danforth at 8:30 a.m., the speaker will be the Rev. Donald MacDonald of the Danforth Reformed Church.
— At the cemetery on the south side of Gilman, 9:30 a.m.
— Onarga Cemetery, North Poplar Street, northeast corner of town, 10:30 a.m. The Onarga Legion post has invited former state Sen. Shane Cultra, R-Onarga, to be the speaker.
— Glen Cemetery, Paxton. Annual parade leaves Paxton-Buckley-Loda Eastlawn School, 341 E. Center St., for the cemetery at 10:30 a.m. Monday. Marching units will form behind the Paxton-Buckley-Loda High's marching band, starting at 10 a.m.
— Paxton American Legion Prairie Post 150 will hold its annual observance at 11 a.m. Monday. There will be no guest speaker; instead, PBL's marching band will give a musical tribute.
— Bandstand on Peoria Street, downtown. Service at 9 a.m. Monday; conducted by Piper City American Legion post. Speaker, the Rev. Richard Brunskill and the reading of the names of all departed veterans from Piper City and the surrounding area.
— Calvary Catholic Cemetery and Brenton Cemetery, near Piper City. Immediately after the service at the bandstand. Speaker will be Margaret Gibb, a retired teacher from Tri-Point High School and the wife of the chaplain of the Legion post. Donna Kincade, president of the post's auxiliary, will read a list of departed veterans from Piper City and the surrounding area.
Rankin Cemetery. Service at 10:15 a.m. Monday, conducted by Cissna Park American Legion's drill team.
Rantoul VFW and American Legion posts will sponsor several area services:
— American Lutheran Church Cemetery, Rantoul, 9:15 a.m. Sunday with the American Legion color guard and firing squad, after the 8:30 a.m. worship service.
— Beckman Cemetery, near Flatville, about 11 a.m. Sunday.
— Holy Sepulchre Cemetery on U.S. 136 east of Rantoul. Ceremony, 8:45 a.m. Monday.
— Maplewood Cemetery, north of Rantoul, 11 a.m. Monday. In the event of rain the ceremony will be at the Knights of Columbus building.
A guest speaker will give an address, and eighth-graders will recite three pieces, "High Flight," "In Flanders Field" and the Gettysburg Address.
VFW and American Legion posts will provide honor guard service.
The Rantoul Township High School band will participate.
The Fourth Degree Knights will participate at both the Maplewood and Holy Sepulchre ceremonies.
Roberts Gym. Service at 9 a.m. Monday, conducted by the Wagner-Davis Legion Post in Roberts. Speaker will either be the Rev. Matt or Priscilla Geerdes of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Roberts. The Legion post's firing squad will be in attendance. Jeff Sturm will perform "Taps." Master of ceremonies is Wayne Tornowski. Coffee and rolls will be served afterwards by the legion post's auxiliary.
Rossville Cemetery, 11 a.m. Monday. The American Legion in Rossville is serving lunch after the service; it's open to veterans and the public.
Royal, Penfield, Gifford
Services conducted by Royal American Legion Post 996:
— Kopmann Cemetery, near Gifford, 9:30 a.m. Sunday.
— St. John's Cemetery, Royal, 11 a.m. Sunday.
Services conducted by Penfield-Gifford American Legion Post 1153 and auxiliary:
— Veterans Memorial at I&I property, Penfield, 12:30 p.m. Sunday.
— Welles Cemetery, southwest of Penfield, 1 p.m. Sunday.
— Huls Cemetery, southwest of Gifford, 1:30 p.m. Sunday
— St. Lawrence Cemetery, Penfield, immediately following 10 a.m. Mass at the church Monday.
— Veterans Memorial at Werner Roessler Memorial Park, Gifford, noon Monday.
Mount Hope Cemetery. Service at 11 a.m. Monday, conducted by the Martin H. Suntken American Legion Post 244 of Sibley. Featuring the GCMS High School Band, as well as the Martin H. Suntken American Legion unit's color guard. Service led by the Rev. Corrine Blissard.
Mount Hope Cemetery, along County Road 2125 E., northeast of town, 10 a.m. Monday, hosted by Sidney American Legion Post 433.
Rucker Chapel church and cemetery in Wilson Township, DeWitt County, rural Wapella. Memorial Day service and program, June 2. Potluck dinner, 12:30 p.m., church basement. Program at 2 p.m. includes the invocation and address by Gerald Douglass Jr. of St. Joseph, music by Birkie Birge of LeRoy on piano and Joe Pevring of Bloomington, soloist, and recognition of veterans in attendance. Military rites conducted by the color guard of the Joe Williams Post No. 55 Farmer City American Legion, at 3 p.m. at Rucker Chapel Cemetery. The Ladies Auxiliary and Sons of American Legion will assist in the ceremony.
Ridgeland Township Cemetery, 1 mile east of town, 11:15 a.m. Monday; hosted by the Thawville American Legion post. Music by Iroquois West High band, a gun salute and speaker, Roger Bennett, commander of the Thawville American Legion post and past state commander.
— Marine Corps League Pork Chop Sandwich Fundraiser. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, VFW Post 630, 1302 E. Main St., U. Lunch of a pork chop sandwich, chips and dessert for $5. Drinks available for purchase. Fundraiser for Richard L. Pittman Marine Corps League #1231. Proceeds will go to local veteran needs, donations recently included the Wounded Veteran Center being planned for the University of Illinois campus and for the Illini Student Veterans 5K Run. 202-5114.
— Eastlawn Cemetery, 802 N. Cunningham Ave., 11 a.m. Monday; conducted by American Legion Post 71 of Urbana, includes guest speaker, Robbie Walker, ceremony by the color guard and playing of taps.