Downtown events honoring Veterans for Memorial Day

Staff Report

On Monday Rockford will hold its annual Memorial Day Parade at 9 a.m. This year’s parade will follow the same route as last year. At 8:30 a.m. all parade units will line up near the intersection of 7th St. and 6th Ave. At 9 a.m. the parade will proceed north on 7th St. to Charles St., Charles St. to State St., units will then travel west on State St., the parade will continue west on State St. and turn north on Main St. and proceed north to the intersection of N. Main St. and Park Ave. where the parade will end. A parade review stand and bleacher seating will be positioned in front of Veterans Memorial Hall at 211 N. Main St. This review stand will provide the public gathered there information about the parade units as they pass by. This year’s parade honoree is SFC Alan Boyer. Boyer was lost in action following combat while conducting a reconnaissance patrol in Laos in 1968. He was listed MIA until March of this year when his remains were identified through DNA.

Once the parade has ended, at or around 10:30 a.m., N. Main St. between Mulberry St. and Jefferson St. will remain closed and the Memorial Program in front of Veterans Memorial Hall will begin. This year’s program will include comments from Winnebago County Board Chairman, Scott Christiansen’ City of Rockford Mayor, Larry Morrissey; a special tribute to SFC Alan Boyer by Darrell Gilgan, VietNow Rockford Charter Chapter; and a Memorial Dove release presented by Agrace Hospice and Palliative Care.

Following the Memorial Day program at Veterans Memorial Hall the annual Naval Ceremony will take place riverside behind the Rockford Public Library. This ceremony will include the annual riverside sinking of the ship ceremony by the Navy Club Ship #1; an address by Navy Club USA Illinois Squadron Commander, Bruce A. L. Hallam; and a wreath presentation by Navy Club #1 Auxiliary National Commandant, Brenda Jefferson. The ceremony will conclude with a 21 Gun Salute by the Marine Corps League, Rockford Detachment and Benediction.

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