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Memorial Day observances


Kirkland Memorial Day Ceremony

1 p.m. Sunday, May 26

Northern Illinois Veterans Memorial, Franklin Township Park, Kirkland


Mayors’ Memorial Day Breakfast

6:45 to 7:30 a.m. Monday, May 27

Jane Fargo Hotel, 355 W. State St., Sycamore

$10 prepaid before Friday, $15 at the door; RSVP to or 815-758-5788

There will be a short program after the breakfast. The event will end by 8 a.m.

Motorcycle Escort

7:55 a.m. Monday, May 27

Leaves from the Jane Fargo Hotel, 355 W. State St., Sycamore

Motorcycle riders are wanted in downtown Sycamore (Route 64 and California Street) by the Movie Theater no later than 7:45 a.m. (2 wheelers, 3 wheelers, 4 wheelers and all wheelers welcome). The escort will travel to Joiner Cemetery for its service; at 8:30 a.m. travels to DeKalb for its parade; at 9:20 a.m. travels to Malta for its ceremony and parade; at 11 a.m. travels to Genoa for its parade and ceremony.

Joiner Cemetery Memorial Day Service

8:15 a.m. Monday, May 27

Joiner Cemetery, west of Sycamore on West Old State Road just east of Five Points Road. Major General Emile P. Bataille, U.S. Army Retired, and his wife, Carol, will speak at the Joiner Cemetery Memorial Day Service, the Malta Memorial Day Service (10 a.m.) and the Genoa Memorial Day Service (noon).

Sycamore Memorial Day Service

10 a.m. Monday, May 27

Sycamore Veterans Home, 121 S. California St., Sycamore

The service will begin at the Veterans Home, then there will be a parade to Elmwood Cemetery, and the service will conclude at the cemetery.


DeKalb Memorial Day Service

8:30 a.m. Monday, May 27

Downtown DeKalb and Ellwood House, 509 N. First St., DeKalb

Service at the tank in Memorial Park, corner of North First Street and Lincoln Highway, at 8:30 a.m. The parade steps off from North Third Street and Lincoln Highway at 9 a.m. The parade will end at Ellwood House, 509 N. First St., at 9:30 a.m. for a program featuring a speaker, American Legion school awards and performances by the DeKalb High School chorus, the Firefighters Highland Guard and DeKalb high school and middle school marching bands. Ellwood House will offer free tours from 10 a.m. until noon.


Outdoor Memorial Day Mass

8:30 a.m. Monday, May 27

St. Catherine of Genoa Catholic Cemetery, Sycamore and Hill streets, Genoa

Attendees should bring folding chairs. If the weather is bad, the service will be held inside St. Catherine’s Catholic Church, 340 S. Stott St.

Genoa Memorial Day Parade and Service

11:30 a.m. Monday, May 27

Parade begins at South Genoa and West Main streets, then ends at the cemetery for a service at noon. A burger luncheon will be served at the Genoa Vets Home, 311 S. Washington St., at 12:30 p.m.


Malta Memorial Day Parade and Service

10 a.m. Monday, May 27

Malta United Methodist Church, South Third and Sprague streets, Malta


Roberts Armory World War II Musuem

Museum will be open to the public from 1 to 4 p.m. May 27 in honor of Memorial Day. To get to the museum, follow the signs on the Army truck at Route 251 and Intermodal Drive in Rochelle. Visit or for information.

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