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CITY OF ELGIN: 2019 Elgin Memorial Day events set for Monday, May 27

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By Press release submission | May 23, 2019


City of Elgin issued the following announcement on May 20.

2019 Elgin Memorial Day events set for Monday, May 27

The Elgin Patriotic Memorial Association, in cooperation with the city of Elgin, invites the public to attend the Memorial Day events on Monday, May 27. For information, including possible weather related changes, visit

2019 Events include:

Mount Hope Cemetery, 8:45 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, 9:15 a.m. 30W730 US 20, Elgin, IL

A service to honor those buried at Lakewood Memorial Park 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, 9:45 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. The program will feature the Elgin Master Chorale and a presentation by Elgin Navy Club members as well as a strewing of flowers into the Fox River, a rifle salute and the playing of Taps.

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

The Bluff City Cemetery program will pay tribute to the 75th anniversary of D-Day. The keynote speaker will be local historian George Rowe. This program also include the Elgin Master Chorale and Northwest Baptist Bible Academy. Local students will continue the long-held tradition of reading Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and General John Logan's Orders, which established Memorial Day. A poem specific to the day will be composed and read by the City's Poet Laureate Chasity Gunn.

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.

A free shuttle bus will pick up riders at the main gate and east gate of Bluff City Cemetery before and after the service for transportation to and from the event area. Because of limited seating, attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair. This 11:00 a.m. program will also be broadcast live on WRMN Radio, 1410 AM.

Should weather conditions be deemed unsuitable by City officials for outdoor programs, an announcement will be made no later than 8:30 a.m. on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28 that the Veterans Memorial Park and Bluff City Cemetary programs will be held at their normal times at the Hemmens Cultural Center located at 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. This information will be posted on the City of Elgin website and other communication channels.

Residents are encouraged to visit local cemeteries over Memorial Day weekend. At Bluff City Cemetery, over 600 flags honoring local veterans will line the streets as part of the award winning “Avenue of Flags.” There are also over 3,000 smaller flags over veterans graves placed by local volunteers as part of the “Adopt a Cemetery” program.

For more information on these events, visit

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