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                                                  2023  Memorial Day Events


Elgin's 11 AM Bluff City Cemetery Program to pay tribute to the 75th anniversary of the Integration of United States Forces - also Elgin Poet Laureate Gareth Mann.

The following are events planned for Memorial Day, Monday, May 29th, 2023 by the Elgin Patriotic Memorial Association in cooperation with the city of Elgin.  For further information, including possible weather-related changes, visit

 Bluff City Cemetery, 11:00 a.m. 945 Bluff City Blvd. Elgin, IL

This year’s program will pay tribute to the 75th Anniversary of the Integration of United States Forces.  The keynote speaker will be Stanley "Curly" Thompson, Marine Corps Veteran and Commander of Rockford American Legion Post #340.

This program will also feature the Elgin Master Chorale, Elgin High School Band, and Elgin’s Poet Laureate Gareth Mann. Local students will continue the long held tradition of reading Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and General John Logan’s Orders which established Memorial Day.

The most solemn moment of the morning will be the laying of organizational wreaths at the Grand Army of the Republic Memorial – an observance akin to the laying of wreaths at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Washington D.C.  Activities will include a roll call of deceased veterans, a rifle salute, and the playing of Taps.

Special Notes.

There will be shuttle bus service this year.  A free shuttle bus will pick up riders at the main gate and east gate before and after the service for transportation to and from the ceremony area.

For those who choose not to attend in person, this service will be broadcast live on WRMN, 1410 AM and WRMN Facebook Live.  A video of the program will be available later in the day and posted on the city of Elgin Facebook page.

Mount Hope Cemetery, 8:30 a.m. 1001 Villa Street Elgin, IL

There will be a Catholic Mass along with a combined color guard, rifle salute, and the playing of Taps.

Lakewood Memorial Park, 9:00 a.m. 30W730 US 20 Elgin, IL

A service to honor those buried at Lakewood Memorial Park located at 30W730 US 20 will be held at the cemetery’s Garden of Honor and include a combined color guard. The observance will conclude with a rifle salute and the playing of Taps.

Elgin Veterans Memorial Park, 9:30 a.m. 274 N. Grove Ave. Elgin, IL

Organized by the Elgin Navy Club and the Elgin Marine Corps League, this program is especially designed to pay tribute to veterans interred at sea.  Following a presentation by Elgin Navy Club members, the service will conclude with the strewing of flowers into the Fox River, rifle salute, and the playing of Taps.

Elgin’s Veterans Memorial Park is located adjacent to the Gail Borden Public Library at 274 N. Grove Ave

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