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This year’s program will pay tribute to the 75th anniversary of the United States Air Force. The keynote speaker will be Mark Smith, EPMA President and Senior Vice Commander of the Elgin American Legion Post 57.


This program will also feature the Larkin 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 available this year. 

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

Because of limited seating, attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair.

Special Note:  "Should weather conditions be deemed unsuitable by city officials for outdoor programs an announcement will be made no later than 8:30 am on Memorial Day that the Elgin Veterans Memorial Park and Bluff City Cemetery programs will be held at their normal times at the Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin.  This information will be posted on and distributed by all possible media.  Please note this possible change does not affect the Lakewood Memorial Park and Mount Hope programs.

Map and directions

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