This weekend marks the unofficial start of summer: Barbecues, flip-flops and swimming pools.
Yet of course the true aim of Memorial Day is to honor those men and women who have died while serving in the American military. So the “Weekend Spotlight” falls on a number of Memorial Day parades and ceremonies in the area on Monday, most of them organized by American Legion or VFW posts.
Check the Go West Calendar for full details on the following events, as well as many other events happening over this holiday weekend.
* St. Charles’ Memorial Day activities will start at 6 a.m. with the raising of the colors at Baker Community Center, followed by ceremonies at several area cemeteries. The city’s parade will proceed along Main Street, stepping off at 10 a.m. on 6th Street and continuing to Riverside Avenue. There will be a ceremony at the Freedom Shrine (north of the Police Department) immediately after the parade.
* Elgin has a Patriotic Memorial Association that has been planning the city’s Memorial Day activities for more than 100 years. This year, the events will start at 8:45 a.m. with a Catholic Mass and end at 11 a.m. at Bluff City Cemetery with a program paying tribute to the 20th anniversary of the first Persian Gulf War and the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. There will be musical performances along with students reading Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.