More than just barbecues and extended weekends, Memorial Day is a federal holiday designed to remember the fallen heroes who served in the U.S. military, both past and present.
Many choose to use the holiday as a time to honor and remember other loved ones, as well. Local municipalities and cemeteries continue to offer activities and services dedicated to the memory of loved ones.
ALTON — The 147th annual Alton Memorial Day Parade will begin at 10 a.m. on Monday at Alton Middle School, winding up at the Upper Alton Cemetery, with a memorial service immediately following. The parade marshal will be attorney Bob Ryan, and parade will include floats, bands, marching units, flower guard, antique autos and military vehicles, and city officials. This year, the city plans to have more veterans in the parade than ever before.
For more information, call (618) 463-3500.
SOUTH ROXANA — Beginning at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Wanda Cemetery in South Roxana will be hosting Memorial Day services at the corner of Indiana and Missouri avenues.
The service will be opened by Ron Hogue and Tom Fleming, with services by Chaplain Michael Flatt and a flag presentation with rifle salute by the U.S. Marine Corps League, Alton Leathernecks 1160 and Detachment Deployment.
For more information, call (618) 254-2007.
BETHALTO — The village’s annual parade will begin at 10:15 a.m. on Monday, with lines forming at Bethalto Boys and Girls Club. The parade will proceed on to Irwin Plegge Boulevard, where it will kick off a memorial service at Rose Lawn Memory Gardens, with a welcome from Bethalto Mayor Alan Winslow and address by guest speaker Kirk Johnson.
For more information, call (618) 377-8051.
ALTON — The ninth annual Memorial Day Sunset Ceremony at Alton National Cemetery, 600 Pearl St., will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Monday.
“This is one of the finest programs in the U.S.,” veteran Richard Baird said. “It is an hour-long program, with 20 segments, and Chaplain David Bowman will be here as well as (Alton Mayor) Brant Walker, who will speak, also.”
The Alton High School ROTC will participate, as well. Guests may bring their own lawn chairs.
For more information, call (618) 401-4017.