Thursday, May 23, 2013

May 27: Memorial Day Parade in Aurora, IL

Memorial Day ceremony and parade Monday, May 27. Noon.

A pre-parade ceremony titled “Expressions of Remembrance” will be held at 11:15 a.m. at the reviewing stand outside the David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Place.  In commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Korean War, which is frequently known as the “Forgotten War”, Korean War Veterans Rich Gaffino and Jim Coulos from the 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2ndInfantry Division; and Ed Murtraugh , from the 2nd Marine Division will be honored. 

The ceremony will kick-off with the East Aurora High School Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps honor guard presenting the colors and Cub Scout Pack 643 and Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois, Circle of Friends, leading the Pledge of Allegiance.  Various selections will be performed during the event by the Metea Valley High School Apollo Singers along with Meliton Chaidez, a National Speech Competition finalist from West Aurora High School.

The parade steps off at noon from River and Benton streets, heads east to Broadway Avenue, turns north to Downer Place and concludes at River Street.  The best viewing area will be the in front of both the GAR building, 23 E. Downer, and the Stolp Avenue Parking Deck at Downer and Stolp.

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