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5/22/2014 11:39:00 PM
'Freedom is not free': A schedule of Memorial Day ceremonies

Harold Eddy of Newark places flowers on the graves of his parents, Harold and Elizabeth Eddy, this week at Peru City Cemetery.NewsTribune photo/Chris Yucus
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Harold Eddy of Newark places flowers on the graves of his parents, Harold and Elizabeth Eddy, this week at Peru City Cemetery.
NewsTribune photo/Chris Yucus

Tom Collins
NewsTribune Senior Reporter

Want to honor the men and women who died for our freedom? Silence is golden.

Bob Ankewicz, commander of the Peru American Legion Post 375, plans to announce this Memorial Day of a little-known law. Americans are, by public act, encouraged to observe a minute of silence at 3 p.m. on Memorial Day to honor fallen solidiers.

“It’s a good way to pay your respects,” Ankiewicz said. “I think it’s the least people can do, when they’re celebrating a three-day weekend and kicking off summer, to remember that the reason they can do that is because men and women gave their lives in defense of our country.”

For those not content to hold their tongues in remembrance of the fallen, area communities have sponsored dozens of ceremonies and are in need of spectators to express their thanks and to pay tribute to the lives lost in pursuit of freedom.

“Freedom is not free — we know that,” he said, “and we cannot give up on honoring the men and women in made it so.”

Buda American Legion Post 261 will conduct services at 10 a.m. Monday, May 26 at Hopeland Cemetery, west of town. In case of inclement weather, the legion will move services to Bureau Valley South Junior High School, Buda.

Harold E. Russell Post 938 American Legion, Ladd announces the following schedule for Memorial Day services on Monday, May 26, weather permitting.

Services begin at 7:45 a.m. at Ray Barto Memorial Park, Seatonville; 8:15 a.m. at Berean Cemetery; 8:45 a.m. at Cherry Miner’s Cemetery, Cherry; 9:45 a.m. at Calvary Cemetery, Arlington; 10 a.m. at Greenfield Cemetery, LaMoille; 11:15 a.m. at Dalzell Memorial Park; 11:45 a.m. at Ladd Cemetery; and at 12:15 p.m.  at the War Memorial Park, Ladd.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend. In case of inclement weather, some of the above services may be canceled. The Cherry program will move to Holy Trinity church hall. The War Memorial Park program will move to the Ladd Community Center and the Greenfield Cemetery program will move to Allen Junior High School.

A Memorial Day Mass will be at 9 a.m. Monday, May 26 at DePue Cemetery, with the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus in attendance.

American Legion Post 549 will conduct services at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 26 at the community building.

American Legion Post 180 and VFW Post 8324 will conduct joint services at 10 a.m. Monday, May 26 at Granville Cemetery. Guest speaker will be Circuit Judge Scott Shore.

In case of inclement weather, services will be held inside the American Legion post in Granville.

American Legion Post 1044 will conduct services at 9 a.m. Monday at Florid Cemetery followed by services at 11:30 a.m. at Riverside Cemetery, Hennepin. Granville American Legion Post 187 and Putnam County VFW will assist at the Hennepin services.

The event is rain or shine.

Henry American Legion Post 323 will conduct services at 10 a.m. Monday, May 26 at the Henry Riverfront, followed by 11 a.m. services at Henry City Cemetery. Flag dedication services will be at noon at Stoner Park. The event is rain or shine.
All veterans and their families are invited to a Commander’s Breakfast 7-9 a.m. Monday in the American Legion Hall.

The La Salle-Oglesby Veterans Memorial Group will conduct services at 9 a.m. Monday at Fifth Street Park, La Salle. The event is rain or shine.

Following services, participants will assist Oglesby American Legion with the conclusion of its program.

Lostant American Legion Post 173 will conduct services following Mass at 8:30 a.m. Monday at Leonore Cemetery. Services will then be held at approximately 9:30 a.m. at Lostant Village Park. Refreshments will then be served at the American Legion Hall, Lostant.

McNabb/Magnolia American Legion Posts will conduct services at 7:30 a.m. at Caledonia Cemetery, 8 a.m. at Friends Cemetery in McNabb, and at 9:15 a.m. at Magnolia Cemetery, with coffee and doughnuts to be served at the fire station following the service.

The program resumes at 10:15 a.m. at Roberts Cemetery (Route 89 & Old Stage Coach Road), 10:25 a.m. at First Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery No. 2 and at 10:40 a.m. at First Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery No. 1, 10:45 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Cemetery in Varna, and concluding at 11 a.m. at the War Memorial at Varna Grade School.

Times are approximate. The public is invited to attend all services. 

The Mendota Memorial Day Program will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 26 at Restland Cemetery Memorial Gardens, Mendota. The Veterans’ Memorial Council, The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4079, its Ladies Auxiliary and American Legion Post 540 will be participating.

These organizations welcome everyone to this service for the purpose of honoring and remembering all veterans — resting on domestic or foreign soil — for their commitment and unselfish contribution to our present way of life with liberty and freedom for all.

Opening address will be by Master of Ceremonies Del Knowlton. Presentation of Colors, Raising of the Flag, Firing of the Volley will be by Veterans Memorial Council.

Mendota Wind Ensemble will perform the national anthem and musical selection. The Rev. Thomas Otto of Holy Cross Catholic Church will deliver the invocation and benediction.

Zachary Hunt, Voice of Democracy Winner Post 4079, will deliver the Memorial Day Address. Harold Olsen will give the roll call of deceased veterans since last Memorial Day. VFW Post 4079 Ladies Auxiliary will lay wreaths. Taps will be by  Staci J Sessler, Veterans Memorial Council.

New Bedford Royal Neighbor Camp 1491 will conduct services at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 1 at Greenville-Fairfield Cemetery north of New Bedford.

In case of rain, services will be in New Bedford Christian Church.

American Legion Post 237 and the Legion Auxiliary will conduct services at 10 a.m. Monday, May 26 at Oglesby Memorial Park. Speaker will be Robert Witt, a Post 237 member and veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Post members are asked to assemble at 9:15 a.m. to prepare for the march to Memorial Park.

The Oglesby Washington School Concert Band will perform patriot music and Boy Scout Troop 715 will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Firing detail will be provided by Post 237 and the La Salle-Oglesby Veterans Memorial Group.

The public is invited and asked to bring lawn chairs.

Mass will be celebrated at 8 a.m. Monday in Immaculate Conception Church in Ohio, with the rosary following Mass at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Additionally, Ohio Memorial Day services begin at 10 a.m. Monday, May 26 in the Ohio school gymnasium.

The main address will be given by the Rev. Gene Vincent, pastor of the Ohio Lutheran Church.

After the service, participants will walk to Union Cemetery, where flowers will be distributed on veterans’ graves, followed by a prayer and the playing of taps.

Participants will then drive to St. Mary’s Cemetery north of Ohio for similar ceremonies.

The procession lines up at the Main Street bridge at 9 a.m. Following a short ceremony at the bridge for Navy Mothers at 9:30 a.m. the procession heads north on Columbus Street to Washington Square for a 10 a.m. program.

Parade marshal is Don Gaston, a veterans of the Illinois National Guard (1937-39) and U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II who flew 35 missions.

Guest speaker is Brigadier Gen. Peggy Combs, commanding general for the U.S. Army Cadet Command and Fort Knox, Ky., and a decorated war veteran.

After the program, lunch will be served at the American Legion across from Washington Square.

Memorial Day services will be conducted by the Princeton veterans from American Legion Post 125, Amvets 180, and VFW 4323, as well as the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary Unit 125 and Princeton Chapter of the Daughters of American Revolution.

Services will begin at 8 a.m. at Oakland Cemetery on West Park Avenue, and then proceed to Elm Lawn around 8:30 a.m. Then the veterans will proceed to Dover Prairie Repose Cemetery for services at 9:30 a.m. All times are approximate.

Parade line-up will be at Marquette and North Main streets, Princeton, around 10 a.m., proceeding down South Main to the S&S Par, master of ceremonies legion post commander Terry A. DeSalle will introduce the guest speaker, retired Sgt. Wayne Sapp, a Wyanet native who served in Vietnam and later served as recruiter as ‘Operational NCO’ for the National Guard.

Following the ceremonies at the park, all guests are invited back to the Legion Post at 1549 W. Peru St. for light refreshments provided by the General Federated Women’s Club. Veteran-made red poppies will be available for donations.

Poppies may be obtained by mail with a donation and self-addressed, stamped envelope to Bernice Burke, 2121 Crestview Dr., Princeton IL 61356. Please state how many poppies you want.

American Legion Smith-Reynolds Post 511 will conduct services at 11 a.m. Monday at Wyoming Cemetery. Nathan McKee and Alyssa Allen, valedictorian and salutatorian from Paw Paw High School, will speak. The event is rain or shine.

Peru American Legion Post 375, VFW Post 8232 and Peru Veterans Memorial Group will conduct services, rain or shine, at 11 a.m. Monday, May 26 at the baseball diamond in Washington Park.

There will be a short march to the diamond prior to the service; members of the procession are asked to assemble by 10:30 a.m.

Sheffield American Legion H.F. Hortz Post 415 will conduct services at 10 a.m. Monday at Veterans School Park. In case of rain, the event will be moved to Sheffield Methodist Church.

Ladies Auxiliary will serve refreshments after ceremonies.

Spring Valley VFW Piercy Ward Post 3666, American Legion Dominic Oberto Post 182 and Valley Memorial Park will conduct services at 2 p.m. Monday, May 26, at Valley Memorial Park, 13312 Route 89, Spring Valley.

Master of ceremonies is Blair Tiger, parade marshal is Daniel Savitch, officer of the day of Rodney Anderson and chairman is Jerry Zibert.

The Memorial Day address will be given by Dianna Skowera following opening services by the veterans groups, Spring Valley Municipal Band and opening remarks by Spring Valley mayor Walt Marini and state Rep. Frank Mautino.

The event concludes with placing of wreaths, 21-gun salute, taps, cannon salute and closing remarks by Zibert.

In case of rain, services will be moved to JFK Elementary School, Spring Valley.

Memorial Day will be observed in Sublette at 11 a.m. Monday, May 26 at the Ellice Dinges Center.

Tonica American Legion Post 260 will conduct services at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 25 in the cemetery east of Tonica United Methodist Church.

Joyce Marshall will give the main address. Col. Rick Keating and color guard from the 104th Illinois Civil War reenactment group will recognize Tonica’s Civil War soldiers. La Salle-Peru Township High School marching band will process from the school parking lot. Mark Baer will recite the Gettysburg Address.

Mrs. Calkins, a Gold Star mother, will place flowers at the base of the Vietnam Cross at Seven Crosses Memorial.

The Tonica United Methodist Church youth group will provide an ice cream social in the church dining hall following benediction by Pastor Mark Nowakowski.

Prior to services, a special open house honoring Korean War veterans (1950-55) will be 8-11 a.m. Sunday in the legion hall, 115 S. La Salle St.

In case of rain, services will be held in the grade school auditorium.

Pierce-Davis American Legion Post 731 will lead a procession at 9 a.m. Monday from Utica Community Hall to Danny Carey Memorial Park for services at 9:15 a.m.

The procession will then proceed to Oak Hill and St. Mary’s cemeteries for services at 10 a.m., and then to Waltham Cemetery for services at 11 a.m.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, May 26 in Bache Memorial Chapel and Van Orin Cemetery, west of LaMoille on Route 92.

Guest speaker will be former VFW state commander Bill Phillips. The names of veterans interred at the cemetery since the War of 1812 will be read aloud.

Refreshments will be served following the service in the reception hall.

Walnut American Legion Post 179 will process at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 26 from the Veterans Memorial to Walnut Cemetery.

The event is rain or shine.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday in the shelter at Wenona City Park. Wenona American Legion Post 8 will fire a salute.

In case of rain, services will be in the American Legion hall.

Additionally, services to honor the veterans buried in Cherry Point and Cumberland cemeteries will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Cumberland Cemetery.

VFW Post 6634 will march at 10 a.m. Monday, May 26 from Methodist Church in Wyanet to Forest Hills Cemetery for services, rain or shine.

American Legion Post 657 will conduct services at 10 a.m. Monday, May 26 at Melugins Grove Cemetery, north of Compton. There will be a ceremonial flag burning followed by a service at 11 a.m. in St. Mary’s Cemetery, West Brooklyn. The event is rain or shine.

Tom Collins can be reached at (815) 220-6930 or

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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, May 25, 2014
Article comment by: METALWORKER

For some it is not free.

We had a pres. and vice pres. who made millions off of the last two wars.
That pres. gave tax breaks and told the populace to go shop, spend that two to six hundred dollars that would come in the form of a tax refund.
That pres. gave the incoming pres. a memo. stating that there was a problem with the VA.
He did not have time to look into it. He was to busy cutting brush in Crawford, TX.
The VA should be exclusively for Vets. with service related injuries, period.
How can a person with a good job, one that provides excellent health insurance go to a VA hospital and then complain about the back log.
The pres. and admin. are not the problem. the problem are the vets who do not need the VA, have other places to go.

How does a person with an 80% disability cut grass, wash a car or play in a softball league?
Who is gaming the system?
And on top of that we have all of these pious individuals making six figure salaries who have never served nor will ever give a thing to or for this country.
Less than .5% of the population will serve. While the other 95.5 percent will complain that they pay to much taxes

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