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Today’s Memorial Day observances


Keynote military speaker

U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonial Christopher J. Clay will attend the Mayors’ Memorial Day Breakfast at 6:45 a.m. today 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. Monday; 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.


Mayors’ Memorial Day Breakfast

6:45 to 7:30 a.m. today

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

Cost is $10 a person prepaid or $15 at the door. To RSVP and prepay, email Frank Beierlotzer at

Motorcycle Escort

7:45 a.m. today

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. today

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.


DeKalb Memorial Day Parade

9 a.m. today

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. today

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. today

Services will be 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. today

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


Genoa Memorial Day Parade and Service

11:30 a.m. today

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. today 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. today.

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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