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

This program will also include the Elgin High School band and the Elgin Master Chorale. 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 keynote speaker will be local historian


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.

Following the program, Civil War historian Ken Gough will be on hand to help anyone wanting to learn more about many of the Civil War era graves in the cemetery.


Again 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


Special Note - The 11 AM program will also be broadcast live on WRMN Radio, 1410 AM.


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.

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