VM Blog: A Milestone Memorial Day Ceremony
By Village Manager Philip Kiraly
Did you know that May 28, 2018 marks the 150th Anniversary of Memorial Day? Memorial Day, originally known as “Decoration Day,” was first designated as a day of remembrance in 1868 following the aftermath of the Civil War and became an official Federal holiday in 1971. In commemoration of this annual event and in tribute to all Glencoe veterans, a Memorial Day program has been held in the Village each year since 1926. We’ll again be observing this anniversary with a solemn ceremony beginning at 11 a.m. on Monday at Veterans’ Memorial Park, 299 Park Avenue.
I attend the ceremony every year, and I am always moved by the stories told about those in Glencoe who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation. What sets our ceremony apart from many others are the very personal narratives that are told of the soldiers – often from the letters written home to loved ones expressing their experiences, their struggles and their daily life while at war. The stories illuminate our local history in a very appropriate way and help us to thoughtfully honor their memory. The Glencoe Historical Society has again developed a program that celebrates the lives of these remarkable individuals.
Monday’s program, and many other Glencoe events, are made even more heartfelt through the time and efforts given by our residents. You’ll see volunteers from our local schools, houses of worship and other community organizations taking part in the program through sharing pieces of our history, raising our nation’s flag and in singing our national anthem as we honor Glencoe’s past, present and future military members. I encourage you and your family to make this observance an annual Memorial Day tradition. If you’ve never attended, make this year the year you change that. Bring your kids, grandkids, and of course, bring the family dog. All are welcome.
Another example of the Glencoe spirit is our upcoming Fourth of July Celebration. Again, without the continued assistance of our residents, the Fourth’s exciting activities wouldn’t be possible. Much of the celebration’s success, including our incredible fireworks display, comes from the generous contributions to our Patriotic Days Fund. If you are able to make a Patriotic Days donation, feel free to use the Patriotic Days donation slip that was mailed to your home last week or through the Village’s Payment Center. Thank you for your continued support of our Glencoe traditions.
As we head into the holiday weekend, my family and I wish you and your loved ones safe travels and a comforting Memorial Day.