Here is a guide to some of the notable 2011 Memorial Day parades and programs in DeKalb County, Illinois. All events described here take place Memorial Day, May 30, except as noted.
City of DeKalb
A memorial service begins 8:30 a.m. in Memorial Park at First Street and Lincoln Highway. At 9 a.m., the annual parade steps off at N. Third and Lincoln, heads west on Lincoln to First, and turns north on First to end at the Ellwood House, 509 N. First.
Follow the parade to Ellwood for a brief address, roll call of fallen Illinois service members, and musical selections by the Good News Quartet and DeKalb’s middle school and high school marching bands.
When the Ellwood program concludes (approximately 10 a.m.), have a tour of the house! The guided tour of the Ellwood mansion is free until noon on Memorial Day and lasts about one hour. Find additional parking at the First Congregational Church, 615 N. First Street.
The Forty and Eight
Military honor organization Forty and Eight hosts a popular Memorial Day Mayors’ Breakfast at Carls Fargo Restaurant, 355 W. State Street, Sycamore, from 6:45 to 7:30 a.m. Co-hosts are current mayors and village presidents from Sycamore and surrounding DeKalb County communities. For 2011 the keynote speaker is Lieutenant Colonel David A. Dosier, a highly decorated U.S. Army veteran who has served in countries around the world, most lately Afghanistan and Iraq, and who now teaches at Northern Illinois University as Professor of Military Science.
At 7:55 a.m., LTC Dosier will travel to Joiner Cemetery for a service, accompanied by a VIP military motorcycle escort. Joiner is located west of Sycamore on West Old State Road and just east of Five Points Road.
LTC Dosier will also speak at the Malta Methodist Church at 10 a.m. and at Genoa Cemetery at noon, following these communities’ parades.
For more information, e-mail Frank Beierlotzer at [email protected] or phone 815-758-5788.
City of Sycamore
Attend a service at the Veteran’s Home at 121 S. California Street at 10 a.m. and then take in the parade. It starts from the Vet’s Home and travels east to Somonauk, south to Charles and ends at Elmwood Cemetery with a short ceremony afterward.
Village of Kirkland
Kirkland begins its Memorial Day activities on the Sunday preceding it, at 1 p.m. and with the help of the Marine Corps League and Boy Scouts. Take S. Second or S. Third off of Main Street (Rt. 72) to get to Franklin Township Park for the observance. Food will be available.
Of special note this year is the 20th anniversary re-dedication of the Northern Illinois Veterans’ Memorial and three scholarships awarded in Joe Maguan’s name.
For more Memorial Day events in DeKalb County, check with your local veterans’ organizations and DeKalb County Online.