Memorial Day 2020: How Kane Communities Are Honoring Our Fallen Heroes

Memorial Day 2020: How Kane Communities Are Honoring Our Fallen Heroes

  • Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to include information on Elgin’s and Aurora’s Memorial Day observances. Anyone with additional information regarding Memorial Day observances in Kane County is invited to share it by emailing kanecountyconnects@gmail.com.

The name of Miguel A. Villalon has been added to the Kane County Veterans Memorial. (PHOTO CREDIT: Jacob A. Zimmerman)

While a pandemic emergency and state executive orders have forced the cancellation of many Memorial Day parades and ceremonies this year, people throughout Kane County are finding ways to remember and honor our fallen heroes on or before May 25, 2020.

Of special note is that Jacob A. Zimmerman, superintendent of the Kane County Veterans Assistance Commission, and his team on Wednesday (May 20, 2020) have installed the name of U.S. Army Pfc. Miguel Villalon on the Kane County Veterans Memorial.

Villalon and one other U.S. soldier were killed Jan. 11, 2020, by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.

The East Aurora High School graduate’s awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal with “C” Device, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal and the Combat Action Badge.

Memorial Day ceremonies and remembrances taking place in on May 25 in several Kane County communities, some online and others with attendees wearing masks and observing social distancing guidelines.

Aurora is hosting a virtual remembrance ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday, May 25, on Facebook Live. Click this link for more information on the city’s Facebook page.

Elgin is holding a tremendous observance. The city and the Elgin Patriotic Memorial Association are partnering to hold a drive-by observance at 11 a.m. at Bluff City Cemetery. The observance is supported by a radio broadcast on WRMN Radio 1410 and a wonderful YouTube video.

Hampshire is hosting a car parade, the flag will be marched down Main Street in Maple Park, and St. Charles Mayor Ray Rogina will post a special message on the city’s website and YouTube pages.

Also worthy of mention is that the National Cemetery Administration will conduct wreath-layings at all of the National Cemeteries. The closest to us is Fort Sheridan National Cemetery and Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, which will be live streamed on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.

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Memorial Day 2020 Ceremonies in Kane Communities

Jacob A. Zimmerman, superintendent of the Kane County Veterans Assistance Commission, and his team have put together this roundup of ceremonies and remembrances taking place on or before May 25, 2020, in communities throughout Kane County.

Municipality Date Time Location Details
Aurora May 25 11am Root Street Cemetery;

ALSO a virtual ceremony from the GAR.

Short ceremony with wreath laying at Root Street.

 

Click here for details about the virtual ceremony on the city of Aurora’s Facebook page!

 

Batavia Nothing planned per phone call with city.
Big Rock Nothing on website, left voicemail.
Burlington No ceremony, they coordinate with Hampshire.
Carpentersville All events cancelled until June.
East Dundee Cancelled per phone call with village.
Elburn Nothing per phone call, with village and legion.
Elgin May 25 drive-by observance, radio broadcast and YouTube video. 11 a.m. Civil War Memorial in the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) section at Bluff City Cemetery. Visitors to Bluff City Cemetery are asked to follow a marked route which will take them by the memorial. Visit the Elgin Patriotic Memorial Association or city of Elgin websites for details.
Geneva TBA
Gilberts Nothing on website, left voicemail
Hampshire May 25 11:45am Seyller Park Car parade starting at Hampshire Middle School up State Street, to Jefferson Street, to Seyller Park where a brief ceremony will take place
Huntley Website says cancelled, left voicemail
Kaneville Nothing on website, left voicemail.
Maple Park May 25 11am 203 Main Street Flag will be marched down Main street and end at American Legion where flag will be raised, anyone in attendance should practice social distancing and wear mask.
Montgomery Nothing planned per phone call with village
North Aurora Cancelled per phone call with village.
Pingree Grove
St. Charles St. Charles Mayor Raymond Rogina will deliver a special video message to memorialize those who have given their lives in service to our country.

 

TBA City of St. Charles website. The special video message will be available on the city of St. Charles website (www.stcharlesil.gov) and YouTube channel closer to Memorial Day.
Sugar Grove Nothing has been planned.
West Dundee Website says cancelled, left voicemail.

SOURCE: Kane County Veterans Assistance Commission, community websites and news releases