North Shore communities are preparing to mark Memorial Day on Monday, May 29, and honor those who died while serving in the U.S. armed forces.
Weather forecasts are showing close to ideal parade weather Monday, with sunny skies and 70-degree temperatures near the lakefront.
Participants in the Wilmette Memorial Day parade in 2022.
The annual Memorial Day parade in Wilmette will step off at 10:30 a.m. from St. Joseph School (Ridge Road and Lake Avenue) and travel east down Lake until arriving at the Village Hall, 1200 Wilmette Ave.
At Village Hall, officials will lead a ceremony near the town’s Memorial wall, where a wreath is traditionally placed by a special guest. Local officials will also be on hand to share some words, and local Scouts will read the names of the 110 Wilmette residents who died while serving in the U.S. military.
Road closures for the parade route begin at 10:20 a.m. and continue until about 11:30 a.m. Downtown Wilmette streets (Wilmette and Central avenues) will remain closed until the ceremony ends.
Winnetka’s Memorial Day parade begins at 10 a.m. at Glendale Avenue and Elm Street and head toward the Village Green, 525 Maple Ave., where a ceremony will be held.
The observance on the Village Green traditionally features a special guest speaker, such as U.S. Naval veteran and former U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk in 2022, as well as musical performances, the presentation of colors and laying of a memorial wreath.
The event is a collaboration between the Village of Winnetka, the Winnetka Park District and the Winnetka Memorial Day Committee.
The Village of Glencoe and Glencoe Historical Society will host a Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. in Veterans Memorial Park, adjacent to Glencoe Union Church, 263 Park Ave, and just east of Glencoe’s Metra station.
The ceremony will feature guest speakers and a memorial wreath.
Local veterans groups, the Highland Park High School band and City of Highland Park officials will lead a Memorial Day observance beginning at 11 a.m. in the HPHS auditorium, 433 Vine Ave.
Laura Joyce-Hubbard, the City’s first poet laureate, will read her poem “Escort Officer Duty,” described as “a reflection on her experience as an Air Force pilot charged with the honor and responsibility of escorting fallen servicemembers home from war.”
Organizers ask guest to park the high school’s “H” entrance off St. Johns avenue.
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