Honoring their memories

Honoring their memories

A listing of Memorial Day observances. If yours isn't included, please add it in the comments after the story.


Memorial Day observances on Monday begin with a 9 a.m. ceremony at Woodlawn Cemetery, conducted by Champaign VFW Post 5520. A guest speaker will be on hand and a 21-gun salute will be fired, followed by taps.

AMVETS Post 3 will have a ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Grandview Memorial Gardens on U.S. 150 west of Champaign. The Judah Christian School Cub Scout Pack 908 and Judah Christian School Heritage Girls will recite the Pledge of Allegiance, a guest speaker will be on hand, a 21-gun salute will be fired by Champaign VFW Post 5520, followed by the playing of taps, and the Champaign-Urbana Sweet Adelines will perform the National Anthem and other selections.

The American Legion Post 24's annual program will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Mount Hope Mausoleum in Mount Hope Cemetery, 611 E. Pennsylvania Ave., C. There will be a presentation of memorial wreaths and a rifle salute by the Post 24 color guard. Myron Kirby, American Legion Department of Illinois past commander and current American Legion Department of Illinois treasurer, will be guest speaker. Post 24 decorates the veteran's graves at Mount Hope, Roselawn, Bethlehem Lutheran and St. Mary's cemeteries.


Service conducted by Atwood American Legion Post 770, 10:30 a.m. Monday at Mackville Cemetery. There will be a speaker and reading of the veterans' roster for the Mackville and Lake Fort cemeteries, and the Atwood-Hammond High School band will perform. In the event of rain, the program will move to Atwood-Hammond High School.


Services conducted by Albert Parker American Legion Post 620, Bement, on Sunday at the following locations:

Hammond Cemetery, Hammond, at noon.

Bement Township Cemetery, Bement, at 12:30 p.m.

St. Joseph Cemetery, Ivesdale, at 1 p.m.

St. Boniface, rural Ivesdale, at 1:30 p.m.


Services conducted by American Legion Byron A. Hickerson Post 432, Buckley, on Monday at three area cemeteries:

Lisk Cemetery, rural Thawville, at 9:30 a.m.

Ash Grove cemetery, rural Buckley, at 10 a.m.

Woodland/St. John's Cemetery, at 10:30 a.m., honoring the area's deceased veterans. Speaker will be Wayne Wagner, alternate national executive committeeman for the American Legion. More than 130 flags will be put up on 20-foot poles. The flags will be taken down Tuesday. Volunteers are welcome to show up to help.

Immediately following 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., Buckley. In case of rain, services will also be held at the Legion post.

Cerro Gordo

Services conducted by Cerro Gordo Post 117 Legion, Auxiliary, Juniors and Sons of the American Legion on Monday:

Starting at 8:30 a.m. at the grave of the last deceased veteran of the seven cemeteries served, beginning at Richie, Cross, Peck, West Frantz, East Frantz, LaPlace at 10:30 a.m. and Cerro Gordo at 11 a.m. A potluck dinner for those involved in the ceremonies will be at 11:30 a.m. at the Legion post.


Services conducted by Cisco American Legion Post 1181 on Monday at the following locations:

Croniger Cemetery, Cisco, at 11:30 a.m.

Friends Creek Cemetery, Argenta, at noon, then a community potluck at the post.

Cissna Park

Service conducted by Cissna Park American Legion Post 527, 9 a.m. Monday at the village park.

Speaker will be Wayne Wagner, alternate national executive committeeman for the American Legion. The service will include an appearance by the Legion's drill team, taps will be played and a "salute to the dead" will be held. Afterward, the American Legion Auxiliary will serve coffee and donuts at the Legion Home, 124 S. Second St.


Memorial Day Kennekuk Road Runners 5K Run and 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.; $15. Proceeds benefit the veterans at the Danville VA. Call 443-0842.

Program, coordinated by the Vermilion County Joint Veterans Council, 11 a.m. Monday at VA National Cemetery at the Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System, Danville. Terry Vance, VFW National Inspector General, will speak.


Service conducted by DeLand American Legion Post 102, 11 a.m. Monday at Goose Creek Township Cemetery.


Ceremonies conducted jointly by Fisher AMVETS Post No. 52 and Patriarchs Militant of Illinois on Monday at three Fisher area cemeteries:

Willowbrook Cemetery, 1/8-mile south on U.S. 136 on County Road 600 E., southeast of Fisher, at 1 p.m.

Mount Hope Cemetery, west of Illinois 47, north of Foosland, at 2 p.m.

Shiloh Church Cemetery just west of Illinois 47 near the church, which is located between Fisher and Mahomet, at 3 p.m.

The units will form at 12:45 p.m. for the first ceremony at Willowbrook Cemetery. If participating, people are asked to come in uniform. All the services are open to the public. For information, call AMVETS Post No. 52 at 897-6265.

Gibson City/Elliott

Services conducted by the American Legion Post 568, Gibson City, on Monday. Denver Phelps, who has held various positions in the state and national American Legion organizations, will be the speaker at both locations:

Drummer Township Cemetery, Gibson City. Annual parade kicks off at 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 around 11 a.m. at Drummer Creek Veterans Memorial.

Following the ceremonies in Gibson City, the Legion will travel to Elliott Cemetery, Elliott, for memorial services there, around 11:45 a.m.

In the event of inclement weather, the services will be held at the Legion post in Gibson City.

Gifford area

Services conducted by Penfield-Gifford American Legion Post 1153 at the following locations:

Veterans Memorial at the I&I property, Penfield, at 12:30 p.m. Sunday. During this service, veterans who are buried in Tomlinson Cemetery will also be remembered.

Welles Cemetery, southwest of Penfield, at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Huls Cemetery, southwest of Gifford, at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

St. Lawrence Cemetery, Penfield, immediately following the 10 a.m. Mass at the church on Monday.

Veterans Memorial at Werner Roessler Memorial Park, Gifford, at noon Monday.

Services conducted by Royal American Legion, 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Kopmann Cemetery, rural Gifford.


Services conducted by Gilman American Legion Post are scheduled for Monday in Danforth, Gilman and Onarga. The Iroquois West High School band will perform at each of the services:

Danforth Cemetery, at 8:30 a.m.

Cemetery on the south side of Gilman, at 9:30 a.m. Speaker will be former state lawmaker Shane Cultra of Onarga.

Onarga Cemetery, North Poplar Street, in the northeast corner of town, at 10:30 a.m. Cultra will be the speaker there also.


Service conducted by Homer American Legion Post 290, 11 a.m. Monday, at G.A.R. Cemetery, Homer. Following the ceremony, a smorgasbord including chicken and noodles, ham, desserts and more, at the Jack Ellis Community Center; free-will offering (donations of your choice).


Service conducted by Loda American Legion Post 503, 10 a.m. Monday, at Pine Ridge Cemetery, north edge of Loda. Includes a dedication of deceased veterans, the 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.


Services conducted by Mansfield American Legion Post 650 on Sunday at the following locations:

Blue Ridge Cemetery, northwest of Mansfield, at 1 p.m.

Mansfield Cemetery, south of Mansfield, at 1:30 p.m.


Service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Melvin Cemetery, Melvin. Opening address by the Rev. Paula Wallace of Melvin United Methodist Church, music by the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School chamber choir, taps played by a GCMS band member, roll call of deceased veterans read by Larry Dueringer.

After the service, refreshments will be served at the Melvin Community Hall, Main Street. In the event of rain, the service will be at the community hall, Main Street.


Service conducted by Monticello American Legion Post 101, 10 a.m. Monday at Monticello Township Cemetery. The Monticello Honor Guard will pay tribute to the deceased veterans of all wars at the Soldiers Circle in the cemetery.


Service conducted by Ogden American Legion Post 998, 11 a.m. Monday at the American Legion Park. Bring lawn chairs.


Annual parade leaves Paxton-Buckley-Loda Eastlawn School, 341 E. Center St., at 10:30 a.m. Monday for the cemetery. Marching units will form behind the Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School marching band, starting at 10 a.m.

Paxton American Legion Prairie Post 150 will hold its annual observance, 11 a.m. Monday at Glen Cemetery, Paxton. Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School's marching band will give a musical tribute.

Volunteers are needed to lay flags on veterans' graves at Glen Cemetery on Saturday. Volunteers are asked to meet at the gazebo at 9 a.m. Also, volunteers are needed to help pick up the flags starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday.


Services conducted by Philo American Legion Post No. 1171 on Monday at the following times and locations:

St. Mary's Cemetery, east of Pesotum, at 9:30 a.m.

St. Joseph Cemetery, Bongard, at 10 a.m.

Calvary Cemetery, 1 mile east of Philo, at 10:30 a.m.

Locust Grove Cemetery, Philo, at 11 a.m. The Rev. Al Simonson of Countryside United Methodist church will be guest speaker.

The veterans' graves will be marked with flags, names will be read, a 21-gun salute and playing of taps at each cemetery.

Piper City

Services conducted by Piper City American Legion Post on Monday:

Bandstand on Peoria Street, downtown, at 9 a.m. Speaker will be Brian King of Piper City, and Donna Kincade, president of the post's auxiliary, will read a list of departed veterans from Piper City and the surrounding area.

Calvary Catholic Cemetery and Brenton Cemetery, rural Piper City. Immediately after the service at the bandstand.

At each cemetery, a 21-gun salute to deceased veterans will be done.


Service conducted by Lincoln's Challenge Academy, 4 p.m. today, in front of the Veterans Monument on the grounds of The Lincoln's Challenge Academy, 205 Dodge Ave., Rantoul. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP by calling 892-1315.

Services conducted by Rantoul VFW and American Legion posts:

American Lutheran Church Cemetery, Rantoul, ceremony following the 9:15 service Sunday.

Beckman Cemetery, rural Flatville, at 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, rural Rantoul, at 9 a.m. Monday.

Maplewood Cemetery, Illinois 45, north of Rantoul, 11 a.m. Monday, followed by a luncheon at the Rantoul VFW post. Flags will be placed at the cemetery on Friday.

Ridge Farm

Service sponsored by Ridge Farm Masonic Lodge No. 632 and Ridge Farm Cemetery Board; 11 a.m. Friday, Ridge Farm Cemetery. Honor to all veterans. Dedication of the grade school flag pole to veterans; Andy Weathers will be speaker; Lisa Hackler will sing the National Anthem; American Legion Post 210 Color Guard and flag display by Rick Daily.


Service conducted by Wagner-Davis Legion Post in Roberts, at 9 a.m. Monday, at Roberts Gym. Speaker will be the Rev. Mike Jackson. The Legion post's firing squad will be in attendance. Jeff Sturm will perform taps. Master of ceremonies, Wayne Tornowski. Coffee and rolls will be served afterward by the Legion post's auxiliary.


Service conducted by the American Legion Post 1492, Savoy, 11 a.m. Monday at The Memorial Wall in front of the Savoy Municipal Building, 611 N. Dunlap Ave., Savoy. A wreath-laying ceremony.


Service conducted by Sidney American Legion Post 433, 10 a.m. Monday at Mount Hope Cemetery, Sidney. The Rev. Al Simonson of Countryside United Methodist Church will be guest speaker, a 21-gun salute will be fired, followed by the playing of taps. In the event of rain, the program will take place at the Sidney Town Hall, corner of David and Byron streets, Sidney.


Rucker Chapel church and cemetery in Solomon, located in Wilson Township, DeWitt County. Annual service, 2 p.m. June 1. A basket dinner, 12:30 p.m., church basement. Address by church trustee, Gerald Douglass of St. Joseph. Music by Rebecca Birge, piano, and Karla Lohnes, soloist, both from LeRoy Methodist Church. The honor roll will be read. A time of remembrance from the congregation and recognition of veterans in attendance. Military rites conducted by the color guard of members of Joe Williams American Legion Post 55 of Farmer City at 3 p.m. at Rucker Chapel Cemetery.


Service conducted by American Legion Post 71, Urbana, 11 a.m. Monday at Eastlawn Cemetery, 802 N. Cunningham Ave., U. American Legion Department of Illinois Fourth Division Commander Robert "Bob" Henderson will be guest speaker. Post 71 decorates the veterans' graves with an American flag.

Service conducted by American Legion Post 559, Champaign, 11:45 a.m. Monday at Lincoln Memorial Garden, 1803 N. Coler Ave., U. The main entrance to the cemetery is off of Lincoln Avenue. The service will include a guest speaker, the posting of colors, a 21 gun salute and the playing of taps.

VFW Post 63 will have an American flag-raising at 11:45 a.m. Monday, followed by the playing of taps and a 3 p.m. moment of silence. Both events will take place in front of the post home, 1303 E. Main St., U.

Villa Grove

Services conducted by Villa Grove VFW on Monday at three cemeteries:

Old Villa Grove Cemetery, across from the Villa Grove School, at 1 p.m.

Centennial Cemetery, Villa Grove, at 1:30 p.m.

Camargo Cemetery, Camargo, at 2 p.m.

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