Start a Memorial Day family tradition in Freeport

Freeport offers parade, ceremony, fire department open house and fun in the parks

My dad has been gone for more than 22 years; he died when my first son was just 6 months old, so my three boys never got to know their Grandpa John.

But like most parents, we wanted our children to know their grandpa, especially since my second son is named after both grandfathers.

So, after moving to Freeport, my husband and I began taking our children to Memorial Day activities so we could instill in them a respect for the military and for people who served—like their Grandpa John.

I am proud to say that our son—his namesake John Harvey—has also made a commitment to the military. He is in the Army Reserve.

You, too, probably have a family member who served and/or serves in the military. As with my father and son, I expect they are proud of their service.

Memorial Day is a day we set aside to remember the sacrifices of past generations—especially the sacrifices of our military and their families.

I invite you to join me and my family in honoring your heroes and the rest of those who have served and are serving us by coming to Freeport, Monday, May 29, to join in the Memorial Day festivities.

Make a day of it, beginning with the Memorial Day Parade at 10 a.m. in downtown Freeport. At the conclusion of the parade, there is a brief ceremony in front of the courthouse. Later, you can join our firefighters at their Open House, where the kids can climb on the fire trucks at the fire station across from Kmart south on Highway 26.

While you’re in the area, check out our great parks, or drive over to the Mississippi to fill out your day and create some new memories with your family.

From the May 24-30, 2006, issue

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