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Memorial Day observances planned around DeKalb County

Sycamore's Memorial Day parade travels west on Charles Street while traveling to Elmwood Cemetery in Sycamore on May 27, 2014.
Sycamore's Memorial Day parade travels west on Charles Street while traveling to Elmwood Cemetery in Sycamore on May 27, 2014.

Kirkland Memorial Day Ceremony
1 p.m. Sunday, May 25
Northern Illinois Veterans Memorial, Franklin Township Park, Kirkland


Keynote military speaker
U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonial Christopher J. Clay will attend the Mayors’ Memorial Day Breakfast at 6:45 a.m. Monday, at the Jane Fargo Hotel, Sycamore, with a short program at 7:30 a.m.
From Sycamore, Clay will be the keynote military speaker at the Joiner Cemetery at 8:15 a.m., in the DeKalb Memorial Day Parade at 9 a.m., in Malta at 10 a.m., in the Genoa Memorial Day Parade at 11:30 a.m., in Genoa at noon and attend the Genoa Veterans Home buffet at 12:45 p.m.

DeKalb American Legion Honor Guard
Sunday, May 25 at all cemeteries in DeKalb
Meet at the Legion by 7:30 a.m.; 8 a.m. at Veterans Park; 8:15 a.m. at Fairview Park Cemetery; 8:40 a.m. at Malta Cemetery; 9:10 a.m. at St Mary Catholic Cemetery; 9:25 a.m. at Kishwaukee River on the First Street bridge; 9:40 a.m. at Congregational Church Cemetery; 10 a.m. at County Cemetery; 10:25 a.m. at Ohio Grove Cemetery; 10:50 a.m. at Cortland Cemetery; 11:20 a.m. at Afton Cemetery on Perry Road; and 11:40 a.m. at Evergreen Cemetery.

Joiner Cemetery clean-up
9 a.m. Saturday, May 24.
West of Sycamore on West Old State Road just east of Five Points Road. 815-758-5788.

Mayors’ Memorial Day Breakfast
6:45 to 7:30 a.m. Monday, May 26
Jane Fargo Hotel, 355 W. State St., Sycamore
Cost is $10 per person prepaid or $15 at the door. To RSVP and prepay, email Frank Beierlotzer at

Motorcycle Escort
7:45 a.m. Monday, May 26
Leaves from the Jane Fargo Hotel, 355 W. State St., Sycamore
Staging for the escort will begin at 7 a.m. from the Jane Fargo Hotel, briefing at 7:45 a.m., Joiner Cemetery at 7:55 a.m., DeKalb Parade at 8:30 a.m., Malta at 9:30 a.m. and Genoa Parade at 11 a.m. For information, email

Sycamore Memorial Day Service
10 a.m. Monday, May 26
Sycamore Veterans Home, 121 S. California St., Sycamore
Beginning at the Veterans Home, with a parade to Elmwood Cemetery, and service to conclude at the cemetery.

Flags on Veterans Graves
Meet at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 24, at the DeKalb American Legion. Scouts will be at Fairview Park Cemetery at 9:30 to help.

DeKalb Memorial Day Parade
9 a.m. Monday, May 26
Downtown DeKalb and Ellwood House, 509 N. First St., DeKalb
Stepping off from North Third Street and Lincoln Highway at 9 a.m., ending at Ellwood House, 509 N. First St., at 9:30 a.m.

American Legion Post 654 services
9 a.m. Monday, May 26
American Legion Post 654 of Waterman will hold the following Memorial Day services: Union Cemetery at 9 a.m.; First Lutheran Cemetery at 9:30 a.m.; St. James Cemetery at 9:50 a.m.; Shabbona Nursing Home at 10:15 a.m.; and Waterman Lions Park at 11 a.m.

American Legion Post 312 services
9:15 a.m. Monday, May 26
Services will be held at 9:15 a.m. at Pierce Cemetery in Troxel; at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery; at 9:45 a.m. at Gardner Methodist Cemetery; at 10 a.m. at Van Vlak Cemetery; at 10:15 a.m. at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery; at 10:30 a.m. at South Burlington Cemetery; and at noon at Kaneland High School. The Healing Field Ceremony at Kaneland High School will include more than 1,000 American flags in the field east of the high school.

Malta Memorial Day Service and Luncheon
10 a.m. Monday, May 26
Malta United Methodist Church, South Third and Sprague streets, Malta

Genoa Memorial Day Parade and Service
11:30 a.m. Monday, May 26
Begins at Genoa Vets Home, 311 S. Washington St., travels down Route 72 to South Stott Street and ends at Faith United Methodist Church cemetery with a short ceremony at noon. 815-751-6211.

Roberts Armory World War II Museum
Open to the public from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday, May 26, in honor of Memorial Day. Follow the signs on the Army truck at Route 251 and Intermodal Drive in Rochelle. or

Woodlawn Cemetery
10:30 a.m. Monday, May 26.
Guest speaker U.S. Army veteran Amy Shaw. Rain location of St. John's Lutheran Church, E. South St., Creston. 815-751-3143.

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